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

Moon & Sixpence Music and Art House
500 9th St., Modesto, CA
Moon & Sixpence Music and Art House is located just a few blocks from the main strip of downtown Modesto, in the Cooks Marketplace center at 500 9th St. (next to El Sol restaurant.)
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Great Gatsby Gala
Greens on Tenth, 953 Tenth Street, Modesto, CA
The West Modesto Community Collaborative's Great Gatsby Gala is a fundraiser to support WMCC's programs. In addition to live music by HCFG, the event will feature dinner, dancing, live auction, and a costume contest!
Gala information and tickets
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* 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: