June 12, 1937 marked the first Anniversary of the Saturday Night Swing Club on CBS Radio. At the time, CBS celebrated here at home and all the way to Paris and Monmartre. As of this posting the year is 2005. Some 68 years ago the broadcaster Ed Morrow bridged time to introduce all of us to The Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. Now, at this moment, you can bridge that time and space with the Twin Cities Hot Club. Their passion, scholarship and skilled musicianship take you back to those days at Bricktops cabaret in Paris. Listen and listen again, this is Minnesota calling the spirit of Django and Stephane.
The Jazz Image Ã¢Â„Â¢
Minnesota Public Radio
The Twin Cities Hot Club represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz. The band recreates not only the famous LA POMPE driving rhythm that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossanova, musette, bolero, and swing. This timeless, deep-rooted music is physical, alive and speaks directly to the heart. The Twin Cities Hot Club is made up of some of Minnesota's most accomplished and dynamic string jazz masters
Robert Bell - guitar
Reynold Philipsek - guitar
Gary Schulte - violin
Matt Senjem - bass
With their special affinity for the gypsy jazz genre TCHC has performed for many notable events including;
*Michael Dregni's book release for "Django the Life and Times of a Gypsy Legend"
*Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz festival (mainstage performance)
*Beauford Delaney gallery exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Arts
*Minnesota sur Seine with guitarist Dorado Schmitt
This album was recorded studio live with no overdubs capturing the bands live performance energy.
Fans of Jazz, acoustic music and inspired performance are sure to love this CD.