Rappahannock Concert Association to host gypsy jazz concert April 28

Le Hotclub members from left are Dan Adams, violin; Jeff Cheers, guitar; Jeffrey Hofmann, bass; and Rick Olivarez, guitar. Photo © by Jeff Hofmann Photography

The Rappahannock Concert Association will present Le Hotclub de Biglick in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 28, at the Northumberland County Schools Performing Arts Theater, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville.

In the 1930s, gypsy jazz was made famous by Django Reinhardt and Le Hotclub de France, said public relations chairman Nellie Landrum. In Roanoke, a group was formed called Le Hotclub de Biglick—referencing an old name for Roanoke.

Today, this music is kept alive by a group known as Le Hotclub, continued Landrum. Their music paints a picture that takes one back in time.

Le Hotclub is a feel-good band for all ages and musical preferences. The quartet consists of a violinist, bass player and two guitarists, she said. The four chaps who dress-up in tuxedos are virtuoso performers—each with a rich background in music performance, studies and teaching.

They are showmen, too, who provide the opportunity to absorb the kinetic and musically adventurous world of the pre-World War II Parisian jazz scene.

Tickets are $25 for adults and free for students. A group rate is available. Tickets may be purchased at www.rappahannockconcerts.org, at the door, or 1-866-217-8149. This concert is made possible in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.