with vocalist Phyllis Chapell
April 23 at 8 pm
April 24 at 8 pm
Founded in 2011 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, The Hot Club of Philadelphia is an exciting acoustic ensemble dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz’ — the musical genre pioneered by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Hot Club of France Quintet. With the use of acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums, the quintet added some French and Gypsy sounds and created a blend of music that is popular and accessible. The Hot Club Philly mixes the original style of these genre-breakers along with their own modern influences. The Hot Club Philly will be joined at the Playhouse by vocalist Phyllis Chapell.
The group has performed throughout the region—The Kimmel Center’s PIFA Festival, The World Café Live, Sellersville Theater, WHYY-NPR, Musikfest, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Barnes Foundation and The Phila Museum of Art, to name a few. The Hot Club Philly released its first CD, ‘Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,’ 2010 followed by Gypsy Routes in 2015. http://www.hotclubphilly.com
Pictured: Dan Pearce, Jim Stager, Barry Wahrhaftig, Josephy Arnold and Phyllis Chapell (Photo Howard Pitkow)