The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started at the end of 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, and violinist Mark Campiglia. We are an acoustic jazz quartet, dedicated to playing and preserving the music of Django Reinhardt Django, adding our own style to the process.
 
The quartet includes Jim Stager on acoustic bass and rhythm guitar by Joe Ellis and/or Rich Yescalis. Barry plays a Manouche Modele Jazz, 14 fret oval hole guitar. Manouche Guitars are built from the plans of the original Selmer guitars built in France in the 1930’s. The picture of the band above was taken at a performance by the HCPhilly at the World Cafe Live, Feb 8, 2008 in Phila. The Clarinet player is Bob Butryn. In addition to playing great clarinet and sax, Bob is a terrific swing dancer. He also teaches and performs swing dance. Click here to view his website.
 
We perform with other special guest artists from time to time, including an amazing vocalist named Phyllis Chapell, Latin percussionist Donna Bostock, and drummer/filmmaker George Manney.
 
'There's an almost universal appeal for Django's music. It's honest, and from the heart. No studio enhancements, just Hot Swing, played 'Sweet & Lowdown! Come see us live, and please check out our video[s]
 
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Check out these other fine groups that are inspired by Django Reinhardt:

Stephane Wrembel
The Hot Club of NYC
Hot Club of San Francisco
Angelo DeBarr
Dorado Schmitt
Bireli Lagrene
 
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Barry Wahrhaftig, the lead guitarist of the HCPhilly now has a blog, www.GypsyJazzGuitarOnline.com with Gypsy Jazz Guitar lessons, transcriptions, interviews etc.
 
The Hot Club of Philadelphia, along with vocalist Phyllis Chapell performed at Philadelphia's first 'Diner en Blanc, in Aug 2011. The event was covered by WHYY Friday Arts, here's a link for the podcast; http://www.whyy.org/tv12/fridayarts/artoffood.html
 
The HCPhilly led by Barry Wahrhaftig has been doing workshops and jam sessions at Rollers Restaurant in Chestnut Hill, end us a note if you want more info. Paul is a big supporter of the HCPhilly, and the food and imported beer selection at his place is top shelf. http://www.rollersrestaurants.com/
 
VENUES THAT WE ARE OFTEN PERFORMING AT

http://www.bookstorespeakeasy.com/
 
http://www.loganinn.com/
 
http://www.themermaidinn.net/home.html - The Mermaid Inn, located at 7673 Winston Rd, corner of Germantown Ave and Mermaid Lane, Chestnut Hill.
 


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The piece was written by Stephane Wrembel for the Woody Allen film 'Midnight in Paris'. The transcription in tablature and notation. Upon purchase, it will be emailed as a pdf.


Here is what Jazz Inside Magazine has to say
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS –
Jazz Manouch 1909. Song d’Automne; Exactly Like You; La Gitane; Someone to Watch Over Me; Tchavolo Swing; Nuages; Nature Boy; You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To; Chez Jacquet; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; While We’re Young
PERSONNEL: Joe Ellis, guitar; Bob Butryn, clarinet; Jim Stager, bass; Barry Wahrhaftig, guitar; Joe Arnold, violin; John Matulis, accordion, Howard Alden, guitar; Denise King, vocals; Alex Siniavski, guitar; Mark Campiglia, violin; Phyllis Chapell, vocals; Rick Yescalis, guitar; Carlos Rubio, flamenco guitar; Bob Butryn, flute; George Manney, conga; Stan Slotter, trumpet; Dave Cianci, trombone By Herbie Y. Gamura
 
The Hot Club of Philadelphia was founded in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig and violinist Mark Campiglia. Joining them are acoustic bassist Jim Stager and rhythm guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, as well as plenty of special guests, including the legendary Howard Alden on seven string guitar. This Gypsy Jazz outfit is dedicated to “playing and preserving the music of Django Reinhardt while adding their own style in the process.”
 
One is immediately struck by the easy, but deep swing that comes out of Bob Butryn’s clarinet (he’ also a swing dancer!) on the medium-tempo first track, “Song d’Automme.” One can’t help but be taken by the way these players make so much out of so little. Two Rhythm guitars and a bass keep the time and groove with some simple but well crafted changes in a minor key, as the improvisers outline them with the most essential notes, while making beautiful and singable melodies for the listener to relate too at all times.
 
Throughout the CD, new players come and go, such as Accordion player John Matulis for the track “La Gitane,” giving it a unique texture. This song is in a triple meter, as the bassist plays on one and the guitars on two and three, giving it a waltz vibe. I can easily visualize a dance floor in France with numerous couples brimming with life. Barry Wahrhaftig shows that he is no Django clone on this track. His right hand has a completely different approach. Undoubtedly one of the big highlights of this disc is “Someone to Watch Over Me,” sung by Denise King. She infuses plenty of personal experience in her rendering, as the song builds gradually. It begins as a duet, with the beautiful solo guitar work of Howard Alden, before the bass joins, and then the lead guitar of Wahrhaftig.
 
“Nuages” is another nice interpretation, featuring vocalist Phyllis Chapell. Wahrhaftig takes a particularly memorable guitar solo on this track, departing from the classic gypsy vocabulary with some very unique lines, and plenty of emotion. The listener will be happy to hear Bob Butryn return for a gorgeous clarinet solo.
 
“Nature Boy” will also be a pleasant surprise to the listener with its Latin vibe, complete with flute, conga, and Flamenco guitar from Carlos Rubio. Wahrhaftig trades solos with Rubio and it a treat to hear two different styles playing together on the same song. Denise King joins the group for the head out. And then another surprise – Electric guitar and horns! For the penultimate tune, “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,” the band renders it with a classic swing with arranged parts for trombone, trumpet and clarinet, and a swinging drum groove with the hi-hat on two and four behind Denise King’s vocals. We go from the Hot Club to Preservation Hall, and it is a nice departure before returning for the closer, “While We’re Young.”
 
The Hot Club of Philadelphia may be dedicated to playing the music of Django Reinhardt, but as advertised, they add their own voices and mentalities into the mix, and often infuse Latin and more traditional swing styles into the mix. All of the members have impeccable chops and unwavering musicality. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, be sure to seek them out.
 
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