All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Hot Club Of Detroit

Hot Club Of Detroit

Back in 1930s Paris, the Hot Club de France kept music fans jumping and dance floors filled to their intricate and lively brand of gypsy jazz.

In 21st century Detroit, the fans are jumpin' and the dance floors are filled, too--” this time to the sound of the Hot Club of Detroit, an electrifying and visionary ensemble that takes the traditions pioneered by Django Reinhardt and company and spins them in a way that's both reverent and refreshingly contemporary.

As guitarist and group leader Evan Perri explains, “We want to spread the music and keep the gypsy spirit alive. But we're from Detroit. We're not gypsies in a caravan in France. Our influences come from stuff we grew up listening to here in Detroit. We're not trying to live in the shadow of the Rosenberg Trio or Birelli LeGrane. We just want to make music that's true to the spirit of Django but that's also true to ourselves.”

The first recorded document of that philosophy is “Hot Club of Detroit,” a 13-song collection recorded in just three days and brimming with the energy and focus of a band honed to truly hot form thanks to a full schedule of live shows and to the fiery chops of the six musicians who play on the disc. The repertoire is also a testament to their breadth and stylistic facility. The album certainly has its share of Reinhardt favorites “Nuages,” “Belleville,” “Stompin' at Decca,” “Anouman”--but it also includes selections by Fapy Lafertin (”Aurore”), Wes Montgomery (”Leila”), Antonio Carlos Jobim (”How Insensitive”) and Fats Waller (”Honeysuckle Rose”), as well as two Perri originals--”Swing One” and a variation on the theme from “The Godfather.”

Read more
Album Reviews
Read more articles
“...for our money the gypsy-fied version of the theme from The Godfather is divine inspiration...” --JazzWeek

“Through these newer songs, the Hot Club of Detroit proves their mastery of Reinhardt's music, since they can not only play his songs so well; they know how to translate it to other styles. That adventurousness, combined with their considerable musicality, makes Hot Club of Detroit a first-rate debut album -- and after listening to it, it's hard not to want to hear how they go forward on their next album.” --All Music Guide

“This is a recording that can be listened to and enjoyed over and over again-I certainly intend to do so!” --Howard Alden

“The Hot Club of Detroit plays with such reverence and passion

Read more

Photos (12)

Discography

Junction

Junction

Mack Avenue Records
2012

buy
It's  About That Time

It's About That Time

Mack Avenue Records
2010

buy
 

It's About That Time

Creative Sources
2010

buy
Night Town

Night Town

Mack Avenue Records
2009

buy
Night Town

Night Town

Mack Avenue Records
2008

buy
Puck Bunny

Puck Bunny

Hot Club Of Detroit
Junction

Watch

Similar

Artie Shaw Artie Shaw
clarinet
Jimmie Lunceford Jimmie Lunceford
composer/conductor
Mark O'Connor Mark O'Connor
saxophone
Harmonious Wail Harmonious Wail
band/orchestra

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.