Hot Club of Tucson PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Every Sunday - Brunch @ Hotel Congress, from 10:30am-1:30pm, free
The Hot Club of Tucson (HCOT) was formed in 2004 by guitarist Allin Kibben (who has since left the group) to play the Tucson Folk Fest. Originally a 5-piece with rhythm guitar and clarinet, the group is now a trio consisting of violin, guitar and acoustic bass. HCOT is a gypsy jazz group that plays the charming and virtuosic jazz music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Because of our American traditional jazz influences, however, we like to break out of the usually-defined roles and interact with each other more than is common in the French jazz style. In 2013, HCOT released their 1st cd, Hot Club of Tucson LIVE! - a collection of the best recordings from three live concerts.
EVAN DAIN, bass: A San Francisco native, multi-instrumentalist Evan Dain started at age 6 on the guitar, and picked up the bass, banjo, and mandolin in high school. Evan studied music at Laney College in Oakland, California, and afterwards served in the U.S. Navy. Picking up the trombone and Tuba along the way, Evan launched a musical career that has encompassed traditional, modern, and latin jazz, rock n’ roll, bluegrass, pop, and country-western. Evan's eclectic experience has taken him to theatre, cruise ships, and numerous recording sessions around the world. Evan moved to Tucson in 1995, performing regularly in local venues, and has recently toured with The Original Wildcat Jass Band, and Lonely Street Productions.
NICK COVENTRY, violin: Nick Coventry started playing violin at an early age and after hearing a Stephane Grappelli tape at the age of 12 he began in earnest to learn the swinging style of Gypsy jazz violin. At 18 he studied classically at the University of California Santa Barbara, at 20 he started his first gypsy swing band, “Les Gendarmes du Swing” and began writing and performing around his hometown of Goleta, California. In 2005 he travelled to the famous Djangofest at Samois-sur-Seine, France to meet and play with the best European musicians of Gypsy jazz. This resulted in a series of tours around Spain, England, Scotland and Denmark with the Hot Club of Galicia. At home, Nick has performed at the Djangofest in San Francisco with Gonzalo Bergara, as a guest with the John Jorgenson Quintet, Stephane Wrembel trio in New York, and with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan at Chicago’s Green Mill.
MATT MITCHELL, guitar: Born and raised in Phoenix, guitarist Matt Mitchell started on classical piano at the age of 7, and picked up rock, jazz and classical guitar in high school. Moving to Tucson in 1989, Matt soon attended the University of Arizona. Matt received a Bachelors of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance in 1995. He is lucky and talented enough to be one of the few who get to make a living doing what he loves. Matt has played 200+ gigs a year for over 20 years, including performances with many visiting jazz artists including Rob Brown, Bob Mover, Nancy Kelly, Greg Abate, Todd Johnson, Harvey Brooks, Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse, Joshua Breakstone, Marc Pompe, Greg Fishman & Judy Roberts and Warren Chaison. Current projects include: The Hot Club of Tucson (gypsy jazz), The Tucsonics (Western swing), The Klezmopolitans (Klezmer) Pete Swan Quintet (jazz) in addition to playing lots of classical/Spanish guitar gigs.