Come on out and see and hear The Hot Club of Baton Rogue at the Elwood J.Dufour Performance Hall, Mandeville School of Music & Dance on April 29!
“The Hot Club” was an establishment in Paris, France that wanted an orchestra of its own to showcase jazz, the new music coming out of America. In 1933, Django Reinhardt, the two-fingered guitar master, and Stephane Grappelli, the jazz violin virtuoso, formed the group, “Quintet du Hot Club de France” to answer this call. They started a musical “movement” which combined the folk music of the Roma Gypsies and the “hot jazz” of America, creating Jazz Manouche, or Gypsy Jazz. The Hot Club of Baton Rouge is a group of musicians who pay homage to this movement.
The instrumentation of The Hot Club of Baton Rouge is somewhat expanded from the original “Quintet du Hot Club de France.” While keeping with the traditional guitar choices, the unique “Petite Bouche” and “Grand Bouche” guitars, as well as the violin and upright bass, the group adds an accordion and soprano sax. Perhaps the biggest departure is the addition of a drum set! This expanded modern Gypsy ensemble is helping to bring the excitement and history of Jazz Manouche to an ever-expanding audience.
The Hot Club of Baton Rouge has headlined festivals such as the Twisted Oak music festival, TEDX, and the Ebb and Flow Music Festival. They are also proud ambassadors for the Jazz Foundation of America. They released a live album in 2017 entitled, “Live from TEDX LSU.” The performances feature standard Gypsy repertoire as well as original compositions by Patrick Bordelon. The group strives to interpret each work with a Gypsy flair and a Jazz sensibility. We hope you enjoy The Hot Club of Baton Rouge!