Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band based in Modesto, California, that plays in the Gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France. Django was a Belgian-born Gypsy guitarist who came to prominence in France in the 1930s. He and his Quintette mixed Parisian dance-hall musette, traditional gypsy music, and the American jazz of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to create a new genre, known today simply as “Gypsy jazz” or “Gypsy swing.”
Hot Club Faux Gitane employs the rhythm and lead guitars and acoustic bass typical of Gypsy swing, and adds to them mandolin, bassoon, clarinet, and the occasional melodica. This unique collection of instruments allows the group to capture a vitality and freshness that makes this music new all over again. Similarly, Hot Club Faux Gitane augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes — all played in the Gypsy jazz style.
From festivals to cafes to parties, this band’s upbeat “hot” swing will brighten your day and make your event!