Having just passed a milestone birthday of 25 years, Hot Club Swing are thrilled to continue bringing their music to audiences everywhere and are currently in preparation for a new album.
Hot Club Swing’s unique style of 1930s French Gypsy Jazz is alive and well and has been experiencing a strong resurgence over the last decade or so. The group draws its influences from an exotic palate of music from Latin America, Swing and Eastern Europe, painting on a canvas that can be eloquently French, starkly rustic or romantically gypsy.
The quintet features: Ben Calderazzo (leader/guitar); Phil Smurthwaite (violin); Rob Gador (double bass); Jeremy Bourke (rhythm guitar), and Nadine Joy (vocals) and is inspired by the original masters, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with influences from more modern groups from Europe and beyond.
Some notable performances include: Port Fairy Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, the National Jazz Convention, Boite World Music Café and support act for headliner Hank Marvin at the Oz Manouche Festival of Gypsy Jazz.
Hot Club Swing’s first two albums, Musique du Jour and Sacré Cœur both gained regular airplay on local and national Australian radio, and achieved notable sales figures, with both albums now out of print. In late 2013 Hot Club Swing released their third full-length studio album Douce Ambiance to sell-out audiences and glowing reviews.
As a result of many showcase performances, the group has built a dedicated and diverse audience, which is always eager to return to experience this captivating music. The group has also been featured at various festivals, as well as concert settings and private bookings and always bring a certain joie de vivre!
“Hot Club Swing capture a warm, swinging all-string sound taking audience hearts and imaginations captive….the band’s intuitive and empathic interplay is a feature of their live set.” The Age
Hot Club Swing performs at Geelong Jazz Soirees Summer Series 2:30pm February 3rd.