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Caldwell Fine Arts presents ‘New Hot Club of America’

Gypsy jazz rose from 1930s France as legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli formed one of the most original bands in jazz history—the Quintette du Hot Club de France (Hot Club of France).

With a nod to the past, Caldwell Fine Arts presents the New Hot Club of America, an ensemble that highlights the unique gypsy jazz style, at 7 p.m. May 7 in Jewett Auditorium. Adult tickets are $20 - $10 and Child tickets are $10 - $5. Tickets are free to C of I faculty, staff, and students. Click here for more ticket information.

The New Hot Club features some of the top gypsy jazz artists living and performing. Leading the band is virtuoso guitarist Gonzalo Bergara, known for his spectacular performance during the 2012-2013 Caldwell Fine Arts Season and from the Sun Valley Jazz Festival.

Bergara began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America and began touring through the most popular jazz venues and festivals in the country. He is joined by Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, violinist and singer Leah Zeger, violinist Jason Anick, Rob Hardt on reeds, and  Brian Netzley on upright bass.

The group pays homage to the music of Reinhardt by playing both his compositions and the influential music of his time. This eclectic and energetic ensemble is sure to ignite Jewett Auditorium with one hot closing concert.

Tickets to the exciting new 2016-2017 season of Caldwell Fine Arts will also be available to purchase at the concert.

Parking is free. Enter the Jewett Auditorium Parking Lot at 20th and Fillmore. Rides are available for those unable to drive to the New Hot Club concert, thanks to a partnership with CCOA. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Contact CCOA three days prior to the event at 459-0063.