Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. The Hot Club of San Francisco borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club, while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic songs and original compositions from the group’s lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. To hear the ensemble live is to be carried back to the Paris jazz clubs of the 1930s. Acoustic Guitar has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours – from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival – The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.