Hot Club of Philadelphia
July 28 @ 2:00 pm
L-R; Dan Pearce, Jim Stager, Barry Wahrhaftig, Joseph Arnold & Phyllis Chapell
Photo by Howard Pitkow
Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome the Hot Club of Philadelphia in their first appearance at the 1867 Sanctuary.
Started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, the Hot Club of Philadelphia are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ That’s the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original ‘Hot Club of France Quintet,’ which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American ‘Hot Jazz,’ as played by artists like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF, along with their own modern influences.
The band performs as a trio, quartet, quintet, etc. There have been some changes in the line up through the years. Bassist Jim Stager has been with the group from the beginning.
Joshua Machiz & Dylan Taylor also share bass duties. Dan Pearce is the 2nd guitarist, and violinist Joseph Arnold is a key part of the group’s recordings and shows. Clarinetists Bob Butryn and Paul Butler are also mainstays .
The band features vocalists Laura Munich and Phyllis Chapell, and they have collaborated with Denise King.
Their second CD, Gypsy Routes, released in 2015, features Chapell singing pieces like Edith Piaf’s ‘La Foule’ in French, and ‘Cry Me a River’ [in English]. Barry also sings; early jazz pieces like ‘Georgia on My Mind,’ and standards that were done by Sinatra or Nat ‘King’ Cole. Their eclectic mix also includes interpretations of songs by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.
Their first CD, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, 2010 was very well received, and their new release, Gypsy Routes, features guest spots by Howard Alden, Titi Bamberger, Larry McKenna, Phyllis Chapell and Marty Grosz. One of the tracks, Django Reinhardt’s ‘Tears,’ was # 1 on Philly Jazz radio WRTI’s Hot 11 Countdown in Oct of this year, and was on the list for five weeks, [by listener request]. The CD came in at # 11 on WRTI’s end of year Top 100 Countdown. Wahrhaftig was then asked to be interviewed by Susan Lewis for WRTI’s Arts Desk, to talk about Gypsy Jazz. The podcast of this interview, where he also demonstrates some of the guitar style used in G.J.- http://wrti.org/post/what-gypsy-jazz
Both CDs are available thru iTunes, CD Baby etc.
They frequently appear at The Paris Bistro, The Vesper Club, The Bookstore/Speakeasy (Bethlehem, PA), and The Saloon.
The group has performed for a wide range of venues, including;
The Kimmel Center’s PIFA Festival, the area’s first ‘Diner en Blanc,’ The Philadelphia Museum of Art,
The Jewish-American History Museum,
The World Café Live,
Pastorius Park Summer Festival,
the Philadelphia Folk Festival,
S.J. Pinelands Jazz Fest,
Media ‘Jazz By Night,’ series,
Rose Tree Park Summer Concerts,
The Barnes Foundation,
the Mid-West Gypsy Swing Festival,
to name a few.
Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!
Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!
Preservation New Jersey also welcomes members of the Tri-State Jazz Society (www.tristatejazz.org) to our Jazz Music Series concerts. We also offer a $5 discount on General Admission for current TJJS members!
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
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- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
- $15 for Members of the Tri-State Jazz Society
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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