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Hot Club of San Francisco swings Saturday at the Emma Kelly Theater
Tickets $20; show time 7:30 p.m.
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The longest-running gypsy swing ensemble in America, The Hot Club of San Francisco, will swing onstage at the Emma Kelly Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in an Averitt Center for the Arts presentation. - photo by Special

The longest-running gypsy swing ensemble in America, The Hot Club of San Francisco, will swing onstage at the Emma Kelly Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in an Averitt Center for the Arts presentation.

In a signature jazz showcase entitled “Meet Me in Paris,” The Hot Club “exemplifies the romance, charm and vivre of the City of Lights,” touts the Averitt Center’s announcement. After World War I, Paris became a gathering place for artists from around the world, and the gypsy jazz sound exemplifies that compilation of cultures.

Drawing inspiration from guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli of the legendary 1930s Quintette du Hot Club de France, the current Hot Club of San Francisco plays original compositions as well as innovative arrangements of classic tunes.

“It’s supposed to evoke a visceral reaction,” said Paul Mehling, The Hot Club’s lead guitarist. “It should hit you in the gut, in the heart or at the very least in the head.”

The Hot Club, founded in 1991, consists of five players. In addition to Mehling, the band features Sam Rocha on bass guitar, twice Grammy Award-winning Evan Price on violin and Jeff Magidson playing rhythm guitar.

“Isabelle Fontaine’s velvet vocals add a touch of beauty and authenticity to the set,” states the Averitt Center’s announcement.

The magazine Acoustic Guitar commends the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.”

“I think attendees will get a really great experience out of this,” said Jamie Grady, executive director of the Averitt Center. “The music is going to be great, very lively and upbeat.”

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org or by phone at (912) 212-2787.

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