Feb 22, 2013
what's not to like? it's the most fun you can possibly have in SF on a monday
Feb 1, 2013
Dec 28, 2012
Announcing: Paul Mehling and Evan Price (of the Hot Club of SF) will be teaching a gypsy jazz ensemble at the Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley this Winter. This will be a weekly 2-hour class, 1:30-3:30pm --
Gypsy Jazz Ensemble
Elective -- 2 units, 2 hours lab
An ensemble in the style of Django Reinhardts and Stephane Grappellis Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Beginning with their first recordings in 1934, these two innovators forged a new genre -- gypsy jazz or jazz Manouche -- acoustic music combining pumping, infectious rhythm with virtuosity, inventiveness, and soul. Students learn the subtleties of the rhythm guitar technique known as la pompe, the special role of the bass in a drum-less rhythm section, as well as the distinctive improvisational dialect intrinsic to the style. Instrumentation: voice, violin, viola cello, accordion, solo guitar, rhythm guitar and bass.
As befitting the Jazzschool the course offers instruction by two of the finest players of the genre in the entire United States with one-on-one coaching specifically tailored to the students individual needs.
We all have more to learn and there will be plenty of playing, so sign up! And don't wait!.
Heres the course description:
Ens204 Gypsy Jazz Ensemble
Elective -- 2 units, 2 hours lab An ensemble in the style of Django Reinhardts and Stephane Grappellis Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Beginning with their first recordings in 1934, these two innovators forged a new genre -- gypsy jazz or jazz Manouche -- acoustic music combining pumping, infectious rhythm with virtuosity, inventiveness, and soul. Students learn the subtleties of the rhythm guitar technique known as la pompe, the special role of the bass in a drum-less rhythm section, as well as the distinctive improvisational dialect intrinsic to the style. Instrumentation: voice, violin, viola, cello, accordion, solo guitar, rhythm guitar and bass.
Winter Semester 2013
Auditions for Winter 2013
Semester runs 1/22 through 5/19
Nov 24, 2012
I wanted to write to you and let you know how much I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Alden Theater in McLean, VA next week. Your "Cool Yule" show here in 2010 was great and your last show at Wolf Trap was delightful. I (we) are grateful for you bringing Charlie Bower's work forward in your "Silent Surrealism" shows. As you may guess, I've been an HCSF fan for years. You probably don't remember but I was lucky enough to attend your show at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill New York (jeez - 6 years ago) and to walk in on y'all jamming in the motel bar afterwards, where you were very gracious to me. Without getting all gushy, Paul - that was a turning point for me. I took up guitar again, found some (very kind) people to work with, and began developing as a player. Since then I've been doing Django in June, jazz camp in San Diego (tip of the hat to Clint Baker), and others. I helped start the Hot Club of DC, and am currently working with The Hot Society Orchestra of Washington (pictured at WWII Veteran's Honor Flight gig) and Jefferson Street Strutters (trad jazz). And I have students! *laugh*. What I am trying to say Paul is: that with your simple kindness and musicianship you opened a door to a rich and wonderful chapter of my life - full of wonderful music and wonderful people. Thank you very, very, much. Looking forward to seeing you, Evan, Clint, Isobelle, Jeff (or whoever will be coming on this trip) and enjoying the show, and saying "hi". Until then, I send my very best wishes and Thanks Terry Brown
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Le Jazz Hot & The Hot Club SF Autumn 2012 news & appearances!
It's Autumn and things are really starting to heat up for the Hot Club of San Francisco and Le Jazz Hot.
EVERY MONDAY : Le Jazz Hot (the Quartet of the HCSF) plays for dancing, drinking and dining at Le Colonial in San Francisco 7-10pm FREE
Oct 7: SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE- Paul Pazzo Mehling guests with the world-famous stride pianist Mike Lipskin at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland CA. 4pm show, reserve early- this show WILL sell out. Special guest vocalist Dinah Lee added!
Oct 12 The Quintet of the Hot Club SF plays in Las Cruces, NM “Postcards From Gypsyland” program at the Rio Grande theater. 7Pm show.
Oct 13 The Quintet of the Hot Club SF plays in Las Cruces, NM “Postcards From Gypsyland” at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. 7:30 show
Oct 24 Paul Mehling & Mike Lipskin do the mind-bending stride piano & gypsy jazz duets at Pier 23 in San Francisco CA 7-10pm no cover!
Nov 8 Le Jazz Hot (POWER) Trio plays Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, CA
Nov 16 The Quintet of the Hot Club SF plays in Burlington, VT “Postcards From Gypsyland” at the UVM Recital Hall 7:30 show
For more information, juicy stories, interviews, photos, videos and gifts be sure to check out our cool website www.HCSF.com
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thank you for 23 years of your support for live gypsy jazz music!
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Sep 22, 2012
Backyard Garden Concert!
Paul Mehling and the Hot Club of San Francisco
Sunday September 30 at 3:00pm
333 & 331 Union Street
$20 general / $15 seniors, students & kids
by reservation only: email@example.com
We will be hosting the always swinging and immensely popular Hot Club of San Francisco for an afternoon backyard garden concert a week from sunday (September 30). Their Gypsy Jazz style is patterned after the playing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and is always a joy to behold. They tore it up at Kuumbwa last month. Here's a chance to catch them in the most intimate and informal setting as you're likely to see!