SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Gypsy Jazz Events at Jazz by the Bay in Monterey

March 6-8, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)

Portola Hotel & Spa
Monterey Conference Center
1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (888) 222-5851

If you love Jazz, this event will keep you busy for three full days. Lot of professional music, free dance lessons and jams, blazing banjos and double pianos. So much to write about, so I have selected just one single band to present – Le Jazz Hot. Why? Because they play my favorite Jazz genre – Gypsy Jazz. Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France, it is often called by the French name, "Jazz manouche," or alternatively, "manouche jazz".

Performance Schedule:

Friday             1:00pm Portola Room w/Baker
                        6:00pm Steinbeck Forum
                        9:00pm Serra II Ballroom

Saturday          3:00pm Serra II Ballroom w/Baker
                        4:30pm Ferrante Room
                        7:30pm Serra II Ballroom w/Nate Ketner

Sunday            9:30am Bonsai w/ Dawn Lambeth
                        11:00am Steinbeck Forum, Classy Guitars Steinbeck

Le Jazz Hot is the quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, continuing the best tradition of the fine French Gypsy Jazz, performed on string instruments. Le Jazz Hot is what the group is called locally, the Hot Club of San Francisco is their name, when touring the US and abroad.

Le Jazz Hot can be a quartet of two guitars, bass and violin, or a trio of two guitars and bass.

The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group's superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eleven albums, carries the listener back to the 1930s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of Le Jazz Hot has entranced audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Critics have hailed the group's playing as "intricate, scorching...brilliant." From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, Le Jazz Hot keeps this historic music fresh and alive.


Paul Mehling:  leader, guitar, vocals
Evan Price:  violin
Sam Rocha:  string bass
Isabella Fontaine:  guitar

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