It’s been nearly 70 years since legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt first fused together a mixture
of gypsy guitar with the jazz of his day. Drawing inspiration from the renowned Quintette du Hot Club de France
of the 1930’s lead by Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli, The Hot Club of Detroit is
an ensemble jazz band that creates a sound that harkens back to those gypsy jazz greats with a modern spin.
Using some contemporary swing fused with the gypsy jazz style that tore through Paris and the world in the
1930’s, the Hot Club of Detroit brings an original blend of music from their home town of Detroit. Their
sound has been described as “a smorgasbord of exciting music” that also incorporates modern day
influences with both acoustic and electric instrumentation. The Detroit Free Press describes the members of
The Hot Club of Detroit as “virtuosos” with their “ lickety-split improvisations” and “an
occasional riff cribbed from rock guitarists.”
Centenary Stage Company is hosting this up-and-coming band for the January Jazz Fest’s grand finale
on Saturday, January 26th at the David and Carol Lackland Center. Band founder and lead guitarist Evan Perri
claims, "People say you catch the Django bug and never get rid of it.” Following in the footsteps
of luminaries like Reinhardt and Grappelli, these accomplished young musicians include Perri on guitar, Julien
Labro on the button accordion, Jon Irabagon on sax, Paul Brady on rhythm guitar and Kells Nollenberger on
The Hot Club of Detroit will be performing on Saturday, January 26th at 8:00 p.m. in the Sitnik Theatre at
the Lackaland Center. Tickets are $30.00 at the door and $25.00 in advance. To purchase tickets or to find
more information on other performances in the 2012-2013 season, visit www.centenarystageco.org<http://www.centenarystageco.org/> or
call (908) 979-0900.
The January Jazz Fest is made possible in part through the support of Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement
Community and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.
The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College,
dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region with professional music,
theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. Performances at the Centenary Stage
Company are made possible through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State
Council on the Arts, and CSC members, friends and sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village and Silver
Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and The Holiday Inn in Mt. Olive.