Expect things to get hot down in Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown
Hot Club of Cowtown
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Since forming in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and earth-shattering live shows has become the band’s hallmark.

Comprising Elana James on fiddle, Whit Smith on guitar and Jake Erwin on upright bass with all three sharing vocals, their latest release Rendezvous In Rhythm is an exuberant collection of Gypsy songs and American Songbook standards played acoustically and recorded in the hot jazz style.

As their first-ever dedicated foray into the Gypsy jazz and French swing of Paris in the 1930s it features the band’s spins on standards made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, including Crazy Rhythm, Minor Swing, Dark Eyes, The Continental, I’m in the Mood for Love, Douce Ambiance, and many more.

Catch them at The Cellars in Eastney at Sunday, doors open 8pm. Tickets £18 advance, £20 on the door. Call (023) 9282 6249 or go to thecellars.co.uk.