Hot Club Swing’s unique style of French Gypsy Jazz is alive and well; music originating in the 1930s but still thriving in the 21st century. The group draws its influences from an exotic palate of music from Latin America, Swing and Eastern Europe, painting on a canvas that can be eloquently French, starkly rustic or darkly and romantically gypsy.
The quintet features: Ben Calderazzo (leader/guitar); Phil Smurthwaite (violin); Rob Gador (double bass); Jeremy Bourke (rhythm guitar), and Nadine Joy (vocals) and is inspired by the original masters, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with influences from more modern groups such as Latcho Drom & Bireli Lagrene.
Having played together for over 15 years, some notable performances include: Port Fairy Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, the 53rd National Jazz Convention, Boite World Music Café, Oz Manouche and the 2005 charity CD Waterfront Christmas for United Way.
Hot Club Swing's first two albums, Musique du Jour (2002) and Sacré Cœur (2005), both gained regular airplay on local and national Australian radio, and sold remarkably well for independent releases.
As a result of many showcase performances, the group has built a dedicated and diverse audience, which is always eager to return to experience this captivating music. The group has also been featured at various festivals, as well as concert settings and private bookings, always bringing a certain joie de vivre!
In late 2013 Hot Club Swing released their third full-length studio album Douce Ambiance to sell-out audiences and some glowing reviews.
“Hot Club Swing capture a warm, swinging all-string sound taking audience hearts and imaginations captive….the band’s intuitive and empathic interplay is a feature of their live set.” The Age.