Hot Club of Cowtown

Esprit de Django & Stephane Festival

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

Parisian jazz meets Texas swing

$25 advance / $27 door

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January 23 8:00 pm

Hot Club of CowtownTaking inspiration from the Western swing of Bob Wills (think “Big Ball’s in Cowtown”) and the legendary string sound of Quintette du Hot Club de France, Hot Club of Cowtown plays upbeat, up-tempo jazz with style and verve. “This is a band that could take any venue by storm,” says The Times of London. With Whit Smith on guitar, Elana James on fiddle – or, if you prefer, violin – and Jake Erwin on bass, the group sizzles on swing and hot jazz classics, covers contemporary songs like “Long Way Home” by Tom Waits, and stretches out on crafty originals. The musicianship is impeccable, and the occasional vocals add a lovely touch.

Whit and Elana met in New York, and after moving to Austin, they crossed paths with Jake and formed the band, touring all over America in a silver Ford van. They’ve opened for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Roxy Music, and even played in Azerbaijan. (The van, alas, stayed behind.) Their 12th and latest album, Rendezvous in Rhythm, “sparkles,” says acousticmusic.com, “with a startling virtuosity and joie de vivre.” As good as their recordings are, the band is even more exciting live. Their high energy, great chemistry, and masterful chops make for a scintillating show!

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