The Quintet presents our SILENT FILM show- Cinema Vivant !
Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s. 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. The Hot Club of San Francisco was the first American band invited to play the Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine, ground zero for the Django revival. The current edition of the HCSF has been together for five years, anchored by Paul "Pazzo" Mehling and the improvisational brilliance of violinist Evan Price.
2 Seminars: https://cjc.edu/workshops/
HOT CLUB JAZZ GUITAR
The Metronome is Your FRIEND
with Paul Mehling
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2:00-4:00pm This workshop focuses on various aspects of Gypsy jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop, time permitting. Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions! https://cjc.edu/workshops/?eid=20868
THE METRONOME IS YOUR FRIEND @ 11:30-1:30pm Returning with his hugely popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all. https://cjc.edu/workshops/?eid=20878
Guitarist Paul Mehling is the leader of the Hot Club of San Francisco.
Le Jazz Hot TRIO plays for dancing at Mr Tipples in SF
7-10pm, kid friendly, no cover, swing dancing!
The Hot Club of SF presents their tribute to Stuff Smith and his swinging electric violin
trumpet, guitar, bass and more
Le Jazz Hot (POWER) Trio plays in the style & spirit of Django Reinhardt, they never fail to DAZZLE & DELIGHT. Come dance, come drink and/or come listen!
Every Monday from 7-10pm, Mr Tipples presents le Jazz Hot Trio for dancing, dining and listening (go figure!)
Our world-acclaimed French Chanteuse Isabelle Fontaine takes you to Paris with music, stories & songs.
he acclaimed Hot Club of San Francisco and the popular French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine have created Meet Me in Paris, a charming concert invoking an unforgettable Parisian experience.
Love songs and driving gypsy jazz are a combination made famous during the 20’s and 30’s in Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. Following the First World War, the city became a gathering place for artists from around the world and The Hot Club’s unique sound of gypsy jazz reflects this inter-wartime collection of cultures. Keep time with the strum of the rhythm guitars and let the magical guitar and fiddle solos take you on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of the city. Ms. Fontaine’s mix of sweet and sultry songs adds a touch of beauty and authenticity that echoes the historic Ville-Lumière, “the city of light”.
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.
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
Our "John Paul George & Django" Show. Not to be missed!
The quintet of the HCSF plays in Midland, MI with our Postcards From Gypsyland show, a sampling of gypsy jazz, musette, and more!
See June 23 for special Swing Dance!
Featuring our world-famous French Chanteuse Isabelle Fontaine, we take you on a musical trip to Paris. Romantic? OUI! Super -cool? Bien Sur!
a beautiful outdoor setting for our most popular show POSTCARDS FROM GYPSYLAND, a sampling of gypsy jazz and MORE!
Fire up your holidays with Hot Club Cool Yule, a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many of your favorites and some rarer seasonal gems. Performed by The Hot Club of San Francisco in their inimitable style, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, this dazzling holiday offering has something for everyone. Make your holiday season bright with the flames of gypsy jazz!
Fire up your holidays with Hot Club Cool Yule, a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many of your favorites and some rarer seasonal gems. Performed by The Hot Club of San Francisco in their inimitable style, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, this dazzling holiday offering has something for everyone. Make this season bright with the flames of gypsy jazz!
The quintet will be offering our JOHN PAUL GEORGE & DJANGO show. Our best-selling CD to date and a popular show with audiences worldwide.
Our silent film show Cinema Vivant!
magine 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