About the Hot Club of Hawthorne
The Hot Club of Hawthorne is a collective of musicians who play gypsy jazz: old-time swing and world music played on acoustic stringed instruments, with exotic Old World flair, a fiery delivery, and feelgood charm. The Hot Club was founded in 2011 by guitarist Jeffree White, who has wowed Oregon audiences for 20 years with his extravagant guitar stylings, whimsical delivery, versatility, and flamboyant presence.
About the music
Common instruments in the genre are gypsy guitars, upright bass, violin, & clarinet, sometimes with accordion, mandolin, melodica, or others. No drums or horns!
About the band
We usually play as a 4-piece, but we can work from a duo on up, depending on what the projected budget is.
The repertoire consists of gypsy jazz standards including Django originals, swing tunes from mostly the 20s and 30s, some Latin numbers, and a few comedic film soundtrack songs! The group is a collective of many musicians, including some of Portland's best -- see Personnel list below.
The Hot Club has performed at many venues around town -- see list below -- including the Crystal Ballroom on two occasions. We also perform at weddings, conferences and gala events. We were once featured on live television on KGW, including an interview and performance, and the video was shared widely and well received by many.
About the name
"Hot Club" jazz is a genre of early jazz -- mostly tunes from the 20s & 30s -- characterized by lively swing rhythms, infused with exotic gypsy flavors, played primarily on acoustic stringed instruments: gypsy guitars, upright bass, and violin, or sometimes clarinet and/or accordion.
French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt was the most famous artist in the genre, as well as one of the innovators; our ensemble is largely modeled after his. His (and violinist Stephane Grappelli's) group was called the Hot Club of France Quintet, named after the "Hot Clubs" which were European jazz appreciation societies in the 1930s. There have been countless "Hot Club" bands since then worldwide. There are several in Portland! (The Hot Club of Portland resides in Portland, Maine, though.)
The bandleader used to live off Hawthorne. It's also a nod to his hippie roots. ;)