All Events - Friday, 26 January 2018

Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 26 January 2018 - 7:30 PM
“...There aren’t enough superlatives to describe their sound....”
~All About Jazz

The acclaimed Hot Club of San Francisco and the popular French vocalist, Isabelle Fontaine, have created Meet Me in Paris, a charming concert evoking the romance, charm, and vivre of Paris.

Love songs and driving gypsy jazz are a combination made famous in 1930’s Paris by the legendary Hot Club de France, Django Reinhardt, and Stephane Grappelli. Following the First World War, the city was a gathering place for artists from around the world and The Hot Club’s unique sound of gypsy jazz reflects this inter-wartime collection of cultures. Keep time with the strum of guitars and let magical violin melodies take you on a ride down the Seine and through the heart of the city. Ms. Fontaine’s mix of sweet and sultry songs adds a touch of beauty and authenticity that echoes the historic Ville- Lumière, “the city of light”.

“This music is about a balance of excitement and beauty, and Hot Club of San Francisco has found the perfect balance.”
~Jazzweek.com

This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. The HCSF borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring the silken violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight.

To hear the ensemble live or on any of their 13 albums is to be carried back to the tight, smoky jazz clubs of 1930's Paris and to the refined lounge of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 25 years. Acoustic Guitar has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours—from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival—The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.

More Information at: www.hotclubsf.com

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; LiveArt 2018; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: Hot Club of San Francisco
Ensemble: Hot Club of San Francisco
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