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Treasure Coast Jazz Society

Hot Club of Sarasota

March 6, 2021

"Reputably the most swinging, versatile and refined Gypsy Jazz ensemble in the South"
(Malcolm Chrupcala, 2016)

We play Gypsy Jazz that is deeply rooted in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. This music simply swings and is full of beauty and romance! We emulate the style of what the French call "Jazz Manouche" and "Le Jazz Hot" in the style of Sinti virtuosos and the "Quintette du Hot Club de France" circa 1934-1948.

The Hot Club of SRQ Quartet's sound can best be described as a 21st century hybrid of the famous “Quintette du Hot Club de France." The likeness of these two ensembles is the violin and guitar create the fire and magic that is so captivating. Similar to the relationship of violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt of the "QDHCDF," Keven Aland has cultivated special musical connections with each guitarist in the Hot Club of SRQ.

Another likeness is the infectious groove known as "La Pompe" which literally means "the pump" and is an unmistakable hard swinging rhythmical characteristic of this music. This style of swing jazz is more accessible to a broader audience and can get anyone tapping their toes!

While we pay homage to the creators and masters of this sound, we have forged on developing our own unique sound. Aside from incorporating a wide range of traditional and contemporary Gypsy Jazz aka "Manouche" Jazz, we perform Latin Jazz and music from around the world.