Hot swing. With a twist.


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"Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" with Effie Passero
"Summertime" with Effie Passero
"I Found A New Baby"
"Puttin' On the Ritz"
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Upcoming Shows

Ceres Concerts in the Park
Ceres Whitmore Park, 3rd Street, Ceres, CA
Ceres is celebrating its Centennial, and this summer's concert series honors the city's different eras with a variety of music. HCFG, along with openers Golden Valley Barbershop, bring music of the 1930s to the series. Admission is free!
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Music at Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 13th & N Streets, Sacramento, CA
Music at Noon is a series of free concerts every Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Sacramento.

About the Band

Hot Club Faux Gitane* is an acoustic swing band from Modesto, California that plays in the Gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France. HCFG includes the rhythm/lead guitars and acoustic bass typical of the style, but adds mandolin, bassoon, clarinet, and the occasional melodica and C-melody saxophone. They also augment the standard Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes. The band's unique blend of instruments and music adds new vitality and freshness to an old favorite genre.

*Roughly translated, our name means "Hot Club of the Fake Gypsies." Yes, we know it's not proper French.

John Ady

John Ady

Shelly Bort

Shelly Bort

Billy Gay

Billy Gay

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Dave Wells

Dave Wells
bassoon/clarinet/C-melody sax

Gary Williams

Gary Williams


Hot Club Faux Gitane is available for all manner of concerts, private and public events, weddings, etc. If you're interested in booking the band, please drop us a line: