Hot swing. With a twist.


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"I Got Rhythm" with Shelly Bort
"Summertime" with Effie Passero
"I Found A New Baby"
"Puttin' On the Ritz"
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Upcoming Shows

The Back Room
1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA
Hot Club Faux Gitane returns to The Back Room in Berkeley! This listening room has incredible acoustics, and aims to recreate the cozy ambience of the original Freight & Salvage. You're welcome to BYOB to enjoy during the show.

About the Band

Hot Club Faux Gitane* Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band like no other you've ever heard! We draw inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. But the band sets itself apart by featuring mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with the occasional clarinet and melodica. This unique instrumentation, along with inventive and often witty arrangements, bring new vitality and freshness an old favorite genre. Hot Club Faux Gitane also augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes — all played in our unique style. This upbeat, toe-tapping music will have you at least bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!

*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: