In the Paris of the 1930s, when French – Belgian born - Guitarist Django Reinhardt started to perform at the Hot Club of France with Violinist Stephan Grappelli, he created one of the biggest European contributions to Jazz: Gypsy Jazz. He invented new licks and voicings, and created a new jazz musical vocabulary on which he built this new genre with a quintet of only stringed instruments: the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.
Like all jazz musicians, Django borrowed the music of the greatest and made it his own to develop his style: inspired by Classical musicians, popular Singers, Ballroom music and of course American Jazz – not to mention Duke Ellington and Charlie Christian.
More than 100 years later, as Gypsy Jazz is now part of everyone’s Jazz heritage, the Hot Club of DC celebrates the music of Django as it was played then and as it has evolved today.
With an acoustic quartet lead by guitarist Stephan Caucheteux: violinist Benjamin Brooks, guitarist Craig Bumgarner and upright bass player Rick Netherton harmoniously mix French classic songs, American jazz standards and Django's most famous compositions: this is pure Gypsy Jazz at the heart of Washington DC's own gypsy jazz band, Hot Club of DC."