Hot stuff from the fjords

The Norwegian quartet will join forces with like-minded Israeli act Swing de Gitanes in a fast flowing gypsy jazz oriented program.

hot club de norvege 88 (photo credit:)
hot club de norvege 88
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While it's hard to imagine Django Reinhardt or Stephane Grappelli floating placidly down a definitively tranquil fjord the late legendary Belgian guitarist and French violinist would, no doubt, have approved of the endeavors of the Hot Club de Norvege (Hot Club of Norway). The Norwegian quartet will join forces with like-minded Israeli act Swing de Gitanes in a fast flowing gypsy jazz oriented program in the next installment of this year's Hot Jazz series . The Hot Club de Norvege - Jon Larsen (guitar), Finn Hauge (violin and harmonica), Per Frydenlund (guitar) and Svein Aarbostad (bass) - band members' interest in gypsy style jazz was sparked when hearing Reinhardt's records on which the Belgian produced amazing feats - two of the fingers on his left hand were paralyzed in a fire when Reinhardt was in his teens - with his feted outfit, Quintette du Hot Club de France. Like Reinhardt, who mixed gypsy material with waltzes and modern jazz, the Norwegians also incorporate contemporary energies and motifs in their music. Since the quartet was founded, close to 30 years ago, it has worked with many of the genre's leading proponents, including Grappelli, Reinhardt's guitarist son Babik, renowned French jazz guitarist Philippe Catherine and French violinist Didier Lockwood. Hot Club de Norvege has also released around 20 albums. Hot Club de Norvege will perform at the Camelot Club in Herzliya on May 13 at 10 p.m., the Jerard Behar Center in Jerusalem on May 14 at 9 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum on May 15 at 9 p.m. and on May 16 at 9:30 p.m., and at Abba Hushi House in Haifa on May 17 at 9 p.m. For more information visit www.hotjazz.co.il.