Thursday, April 12 / 7:30 p.m.
A Night of Gypsy Jazz
THE HOT CLUB OF READING
JOSH TAYLOR, CHRIS HESLOP, KEN GEHRET, TREY LARUE, JOSIAH TAYLOR
with special guest accordion virtuoso JULIEN LABRO
WCR Center for the Arts / Reading
Tickets: $25 (General Admission)
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Gypsy Jazz is 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 Hot Club of Reading consists of Josh Taylor on guitar; Chris Heslop on sax; Ken Gehret on violin, accordion and guitar; Trey LaRue on bass and Josiah Taylor on guitar. The group focuses on early hot jazz stylings made popular by Reinhardt, Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet. Each member is featured as a soloist and the music is swing based.
Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger, his artistry, virtuosity and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.
As a musician and artist, Labro is constantly evolving. Equipped with advanced degrees in classical music, jazz studies, and composition, Labro draws from his diverse academic background and eclectic musical influences as he searches for new themes and untried concepts, transforming and developing his creative ideas into new projects. Labro has collaborated with numerous professional symphonies and chamber ensembles, often playing the dual roles of solo artist as well as composer/arranger.