Point Richmond Jazz presents 'Le Jazz Hot' with Evan Price, violin and Paul Mehling, guitar
Guitarist Paul Mehling launched the Hot Club of San Francisco in 1991, spearheading the American Gypsy jazz movement with countless concerts and a series of critically hailed albums, including 1999s Lady in Red (Clarity) featuring Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, and jazz/blues vocal legend Barbara Dane. In 2000, the HCSF became the first American band invited to play the Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine, ground zero for the ongoing Django revival. Over the years the band has featured a glittering array of talent, including guitarists Adam Levy, Josh Workman, Sam Miltich, fiddlers Jenny Scheinman and Olivier Manchon, and bassists Joe Kyle and Clint Baker.
Violinist, Evan Price Evan was a ten-year veteran of the world-renowned, paradigm-shifting jazz ensemble, the Turtle Island Quartet, giving over five hundred performances in concert venues from Latvia to Australia and had the opportunity to collaborate with many musical luminaries, such as Cuban clarinetist Paquito DRivera, and pianists Dr. Billy Taylor and Kenny Barron, all before joining the Hot Club. Since 1998, Evan has been proud to call himself a member of The Hot Club of San Francisco, perhaps the most venerable gypsy jazz band in the US. During his tenure, the group has thrilled audiences from Iceland to Mexico and across the United States, and has released six CDs which feature Evan on violin.
Gypsy jazz, which promotes the swinging sounds made popular by guitarist Jean Django Reinhardt in 1930s Paris, carries a welcoming aura in each twang and pick of a guitar. Fans are drawn in by its lively rhythm, and Mehling and the crew take the next step in treating each audience member as a friend that they havent yet met. While audiences may or may not be familiar with us, or our genre of music, we hope to establish an interplay and connection with them that they wont find anywhere else, and which will stay with them.
The five members of Hot Club take being San Franciscansand the areas influences and long list of contributions to the evolution of jazzvery seriously. These ties are evident while listening to their new song, where nods are given to local insider jokes like vegan/pagan hipsters and high-tech chief execs grooving together at everyones favorite urban getaway, Stern Grove.
Mehling says he and the rest of Hot Club feel a huge sense of indebtedness to the people in the Bay Area jazz scene that theyve learned from, been inspired by, and have been a part of for more than 27 years. We are extremely proud to not only be a part of this artistic tapestry, but we see our role in preserving and pushing it forward as an integral part of our purpose.
Point Richmond Jazz (View)
201 Martina St.
Richmond, CA 94801
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