Hot Club music is a style that was a blend of American Swing Jazz, Café Tango and tradidtional Roma (aka: Gypsy) played in the hotlels and clubs of the ‘30s and ‘40s Paris. Most notable of these musicians were Django Rienhardt and his fabulous violinist Stephane Grappelli. They created the Le Quintette du Hot Club de France. This band became world famous and cross-pollinated the scene in New York, Kansas City, New Orleans, and yes, Honolulu. In many ways this Gypsy Jazz is the quintessential outside music, think Gypsy, jazz musician, hard life-style....And High-Style fashion plate. Out of the mainstream. But hot in the speakeasies! Or, Hot Clubs...
Where American Jazz devoted its hard swing energy to brass and drums, Django and Stephane transferred it to strings. This band was the forerunner of jazz bands and even rock and roll. Some would say that Django was the original rock star, a lead guitarist in life style and temperament. The tenor of the times of course contributed to this music phenom- enon. The milieu of impending war, economic dislocation,
the bustling, changing urbanization and globalization... sound familiar?
But that does not answer why this music became the “World Music” of its day. First and foremost, the music was really good. Liiterally “hot”. It had an edgy name “Hot Club”. It played the world-class music of the day, American Jazz as expounded by Louie Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Sidney Bichet. Django redefined it and sent it back over the pond with a very French twist and the challenge was called. That challenge is still being answered. Hot Club bands around the world including the United States are answering this call. This style keeps recreating itself.
The Hot Club of Hulaville is Hawaii’s answer to the call. Not content to being a Django cover band, HCOH is exploring very real links of the phenomenon of Django’s music on guitarists in Hawaii and the world-over, and the reciprocal contributions of Hawaiian musicians. After all, Hawaii had its indigenous music adapting and being adopted by the likes of Duke Ellington and most interestingly by Country and Western bands of the era. So we have the Hard Hawaiian Jump or Swing of the 30’s, the Hapa-Haole hits of the era. There is of course a musical DNA that we are decoding. The band is a “Club”. It has members. It has a devoted and passionate following. It’s concerts are continual sellouts. They are a “hot ticket”.
The Hot Club of Hulaville consists of Sonny Silva on Guitar, Duane Padilla on Violin, David Chiorini on Bass, and Emmett Mahoney on Guitar. The effervescent Ginai is la chanteause. The band is enjoying tremendous buzz and “cult band status for adults” in Honolulu and beyond.
Formed at the beginning of 2008 they have rapidly elbowed their way (with a smile) onto the local scene with fabulous art, infectious sound and very high style. With its fedoras and suspenders, exotic instrumentation and languid chan- teuses, their frenetic swing and highbrow elegance has propelled this band into unanticipated high-demand; in what was always considered a laid-back and hard-to-inspire local audience. The local audience was obviously ready to be challenged and to answer the call. The Hot Club of Hulaville has sold out 90% of their shows. They have performed to rave reviews wherever they have performed and have always stolen the show.
The Concert Experience begins with the pre-event. A festival atmosphere part and parcel to the Hot Club experi- ence is created: amuse-bouche, crêpes – both sweet and savory, fine wine, harlequins and mimes, paraphernalia and crafts all lend to the escapade. Most performances get recorded in real-time, and made immediately available for eager concertgoers on their way out. The band’s high production values include, backdrops and mixed media that are both imposing and stunning, unusually orchestral musical arrangements – sometimes with full string sections, or brass ensembles - and theatricality that the islands have not seen since the Territory days; and of course, just simple great musicianship and vocals. Whether it is the Great
American Songbook and jazz to Argentinean Tango the band delivers in high-style and to
standing ovations. Experience for yourself, what is hot, and what will always be in style...