The Hot Club of San Francisco in Richmond, VA

The Hot Club of San Francisco in Richmond, VA

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The Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco presents CINEMA VIVANT - Silent films with live gypsy jazz accompaniment.

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930's. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.

Cinema Vivant is a celebration of imagination and innovation. Before World War I, European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz pioneered stop-action animation, creating a never-before-seen movie experience. A gifted storyteller who used the new medium of animation to illuminate his fantastic imaginings of the secret lives of ordinary objects, Starewicz has become an obscure cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant—The Cameraman's Revenge, a charming piece about the marital troubles of beetles and The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys. On the other side of the Atlantic, American Charley Bowers revolutionized the industry in the 1920’s by combining animation with live action. There It Is, a recently rediscovered film by Bowers, is a whimsical comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard. 
Film Titles: 
There It Is, Charley Bowers (1928)
The Cameraman's Revenge, Ladislaw Starewicz (1912)
The Mascot, Ladislaw Starewicz (1933)

All Ages

"John Paul George & Django" show coming to SF JAZZ 2 shows!

"John Paul George & Django" show coming to SF JAZZ 2 shows!

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Led by guitar master Paul Mehling, the world-renowned San Francisco institution of Gypsy jazz re-imagines classic hits of The Beatles in the timeless style of Django Reinhardt in this exclusive Joe Henderson Lab appearance. It was only a matter of time before Mehling focused his creative mojo on Lennon and McCartney’s vast and enduring treasure trove of songs. The founder and guiding spirit of the HCSF – America’s longest running Gypsy swing ensemble, Mehling was first inspired to pick up a guitar when the Beatles launched the British Invasion via Ed Sullivan’s CBS variety show on Feb. 9, 1964. Now Mehling’s HCSF is recolonizing the Fab Four’s songbook in the name of Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt with John, Paul, George and Django, a ravishing and consistently revelatory reimagining of classic Beatles tunes. Slated for release on Mehling’s Hot Club label in September, 2016, the band’s 14th album is designed both to seduce Beatlephiles and enchant Djangologists, with arrangements that serve the songs rather than turning them into vehicles for blazing solos.

Artist Personnel

Paul “Pazzo” Mehling guitar
Evan Price violin
Isabelle Fontaine vocals, guitar
Jordan Samuels guitar
Sam Rocha bass

"One of the most cohesive and entertaining gypsy swing bands in the United States " — San Francisco Chronicle

"There aren’t enough superlatives to describe their sound " — All About Jazz