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