The swinging style of Gypsy Jazz returns to the Arizona Senior Academy with the appearance of the Hot Club of Tucson in concert on Tuesday (March 1) at 11:30 a.m.
When the Hot Club of Tucson takes the stage, you’ll be treated to the charming and virtuosic jazz music that got its start in Paris in the 1930s and ‘40s with Roma guitarist Django Reinhardt, violinist Stephane Grappelli, and their “Quintette du Hot Club de France.”
Since their last appearance at the ASA, Hot Club of Tucson members Nick Coventry (violin), Matt Mitchell (guitar) and Evan Dain (acoustic bass), along with Georgia Vancza, have founded Django Southwest, an organization dedicated to the furtherance of gypsy jazz in Tucson while helping disadvantaged youths with musical instruments and lessons. Following the success of last month’s inaugural Django Southwest Festival, they are planning for next year’s festival in conjunction with the Tucson Jazz Festival held each January.
Along with the Hot Club of Tucson, the Django Southwest Festival featured visiting gypsy jazz artists as well as Hot Club Junior, a talented young trio ranging in age from 11 to 14, who got their start at Tucson Youth Music Center’s free lessons for low-income children. These award-winning youngsters, all currently scholarship students of Nick Coventry, formed Hot Club Junior based on their common enthusiasm for the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
You can also see Hot Club of Tucson perform at the Hotel Congress every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer