Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Itís hot jazz from San Francisco in Ketchum

Hot Club of San Francisco plays gypsy jazz


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents the Hot Club of San Francisco at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Photo by

If dreaming of Paris during the 1930s conjures up images of smoke-filled cafés with stylish artists and musicians, let your imagination come alive with the Hot Club of San Francisco. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present a concert with the popular gypsy jazz quintet on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Hot Club of San Francisco are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

The Hot Club of San Francisco brings 20 years of music experience to the valley with members Paul Mehling, Jeff Magidson and Jason Vanderford on guitar, Clint Baker on bass and Evan Price on violin.

The original Hot Club de France was formed in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli and three friends. More recently, Hot Clubs have been formed around the world, including in Norway, New York and Tokyo.

The Hot Club of San Francisco is an all-acoustic band. Last year it released its CD "Bohemian Maestro" and a holiday-themed CD "Hot Club Cool Yule."

To create a full-immersion experience, the Ketchum performance will feature the Hot Club's special "Silent Surrealism" program, a series of four black-and-white short films from the 1930s with musical accompaniment.

For tickets, visit sunvallecenter.org, call 726-9491 or visit The Center in Ketchum.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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