Hot Club of Reading (In-Person Event)
Friday, July 16, 2021, 7:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE IN-PERSON EVENT AT THE HALL
Part 1920s New Orleans, part 1930s Paris, the Hot Club of Reading combines the small group jazz orginating from the Romani guitarist, Django Reinhardt with French swing violinist Stephane Grappelli to create an acoustic amalgam that really swings.
Ken Gehret: guitar, violin, accordion
Chris Heslop: saxophone, clarinet, washboard
Trey LaRue: bass
Josh Taylor: guitar
Josiah Taylor: guitar
Hot jazz is hot these days, and several Reading-area kindred musical spirits are seizing the moment. Guitarist Josh Taylor has teamed with his son Josiah on guitar, bassist Trey LaRue, Chris Heslop on sax, clarinet, and washboard, and jack-of-all-trades Ken Gehret to form a new ensemble called Hot Club of Reading. The group borrows from the repertoires of the members’ other projects – Taylor’s Djangoholics Anonymous (Romani jazz) and Heslop’s Hesse’s Hot 3 (Dixieland) – with Gehret’s violin and accordion adding a new dimension. They also compose their own tunes which are performed in the spirit of the rhythmic early jazz.
The band will be playing a song list of original compositions and public domain tunes TBA.