The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig. They are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing 'Gypsy Jazz.' That's the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original 'Hot Club of France Quintet,' which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American 'Hot Jazz,' as played by stars like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF, along with their own modern influences.
The band performs as a trio, quartet, quintet, etc. There have been some changes in the line up through the years. Bassist Jim Stager has been with the group from the beginning. Joshua Machiz, Alexandre Hiele and Dylan Taylor all perform with the band frequently. Dan Pearce is the 2nd guitarist, and violinist Joseph Arnold is a key part of the group's recordings and shows, and clarinetists Bob Butryn and Paul Butler are also mainstays.
The band features vocalists Phyllis Chapell and Cecilia Ferneborg, and has also collaborated with Denise King. Barry also sings, and he'll add a Sinatra or Nat King Cole standard, in addition to songs of the 20's 30's & 40's.
Philadelphia can claim another Hot Swing act besides the great Joe Venuti. —Djangobooks.com
The Hot Club's first CD, entitled Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, features Wahrhaftig, and an array of other well-known local players, violinist Mark Campiglia, Bob Butryn clarinet, Phyllis Chapell and Denise King vocals and Jim Stager bass. Howard Alden, also makes a strong appearance. —Art Howe, Philadelphia Inquirer
Willing to teach
Studied with Howard Alden, Fapy Lafertin, Stephane Wrembel, Larry McKenna, Joe Sgro. Master classes/ workshops with; Tal Farlow, Angelo DeBarre,
Robin Nolan, John Jorgenson.
Private lessons $50 per hour
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Basic foundations of Gypsy Jazz Guitar,
rhythm, [pompe], Gypsy Picking, chord shapes,
building solos, transcribing, developing phrasing,
basic rep., including classic Django solos, waltzes, etc