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Tonight: Le Not So Hot Klub @Sweetwater

June 17, 2012

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

  • Denton’s own premier Jazz Manouche band, Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton plays 7-9 p.m. on the Sweetwater Grill &
    Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton

    Tavern patio, 115 S. Elm St., Denton. Bring your family and friends – it is, afterall, Father’s Day. Push the chairs back and dance to the romantic and captivating vintage style.

  • The band features:
    • Thad Bonduris, guitar and vocals
    • Jeffrey Barnes, soprano sax, clarinet, flute and harmonica
    • Maristella Fuestle, guitar
    • Leon Peek, guitar
    • Austin Smith, violin
    • Ginny Mac,  voice and accordian
    • Jacob Appelt, bass
    • Steven Prouty, drums

Found a wonderful FaceBook Group – Gypsy Jazz, organized by jazz vocalist Marge Worsdale (New Jersey/New York)

She writes: Fête Manouche  or Jazz Manouche—literally “gypsy jazz”—is an exotic brand of swing music, born in France in the early 1930s. The Lord and Master of Jazz Manouche was Django Reinhardt, a gypsy born in Belgium in 1910.

In 1934, Django began a series of recordings with a group called the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. These recordings have become the foundation for a massive group of devoted Django followers throughout the world, to whom Jazz Manouche is more than a kind of music: it’s a way of life.

Clarinetist Dan Levinson discovered Jazz Manouche while living in Paris in the early 1990s and was mesmerized. In 2004, he met guitarist Tom Landman, who introduced him to other members of New York’s gypsy jazz community, and Fête Manouche was born. Since then, the group has been keeping the Django legacy alive in the New York area, captivating audiences both young and young-at-heart.


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