Guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig and violinist Mark Campiglia founded the Hot Club of Philadelphia in 2001 as an ensemble dedicated to performing, preserving and celebrating the music and the style of one of the most influential guitarists in jazz history, the legendary Django Reinhardt. Other members of the quartet are acoustic bassist Jim Stager, rhythm guitarist Joe Ellis, and clarinetist Bob Butryn. Given the individual and collective talents of all involved, the Hot Club often adds their own take to Reinhardt’s music. The music of Django Reinhardt, says Wahrhaftig, is honest and from the heart, with no studio enhancements. It’s just hot swing, played sweet and lowdown. Rest assured that it isn’t deceptively easy to play...the talented players in the Hot Club just make it seem so.
For information, call 610-745-3011.
Jazz Bridge is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting area jazz and blues musicians in need. Their Jazz Bridge in Kennett Square program is one in a series at this venue, along with four other area locales.
Barry Wahrhaftig is available for interviews: 610-745-3011.