Saturday, May 31, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Hot Club of Detroit

Artist:Hot Club of Detroit
Song:Noto Swing
Album:It's About That Time

Anytime you see the term Hot Club in a band name, chances are pretty good the band is a tribute to the Gypsy Jazz of legendary French guitarist Django Reinhardt. And that is true of Hot Club of Detroit though it appears they are attempting to expand their musical horizons. Hot Club of Detroit is led by guitarist Evan Perri. In 2003, he was studying music at Wayne State University in Detroit. He was already a fan of guys like Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass. But when he heard the music of Django Reinhardt for the first time, he decided this was the kind of music he wanted to create. Hot Club of Detroit was formed in 2005 when Perri met guitarist Paul Brady who was already under contract to Mack Avenue Records. Brady is a classically trained guitarist and a big Reinhardt fan. The other key member of Hot Club of Detroit was French accordionist Julien Labro. He's a versatile guy who plays all kinds of music. The other original members of Hot Club of Detroit were sax player Carl Cafagna and bassist Andrew Kratzat. You'll notice there is no violin or drums. The 2010 CD It's About That Time was their third CD for Mack Avenue. Noto Swing was written by German guitarist Lulu Reinhardt. Lulu was not related to Django but was heavily influenced by him. He toured with Reinhardt violinist Stephane Grappelli and was a long time member of violinist Titi Winterstein's band. Andrew Kratzat was in a serious car accident and was replaced by Shawn Conley. For the 2012 CD Junction, Carl Cafagna was replaced by the more versatile Jon Irabagon. Irabagon has played with progressive jazz artists like Dave Douglas and Mary Halvorson so he adds a new dimension to Hot Club of Detroit. And on Junction they used singer Cyrille Aimee on three songs and she has toured with them. So Hot Club of Detroit is attempting to be more than a Django Reinhardt tribute band. They will be on tour this summer. Here's Hot Club of Detroit performing Noto Swing at the Detroit Jazz Festival Sept. 4, 2010.

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