Hot Club de Ville plays in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France, a jazz group founded in France in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. One of the earliest and most significant jazz groups in Europe, the Quintette was described as “one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz.” Their most famous lineup featured Reinhardt, Grappelli, bassist Louis Vole and rhythm guitarists Roger Kaput and Joseph Reinhardt (Django’s brother), who filled out the ensemble’s sound and added occasional percussive effects.
Fifty years after Django’s death, the Hot Club concept is bigger than ever worldwide. The current Hot Club de Ville lineup includes original members Marty Liquori (guitar) and Dave Forbes (upright bass), along with Thompson Fletcher (guitar), Geoff Fitzhugh Perry (violin), Jacob Lawson (violin) and vocalist Patti Markoch. The band’s songs offer an eclectic mix of swing, samba, bolero, tango, Latin and ballads. Hot Club se Ville is in its ninth year of playing Monday nights at Leonardo’s 706.