Olde Kings Jazzfest

Jazzfest returns for 2017 with another great lineup of FREE concerts!
All Show will take place at Old Swedes Trinity Church at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Saturday March 25, 2017
Hot Club Philly > Gypsy JazzFreeTicketLink
All shows will be FREE but will require a printed ticket to enter as space will be limited.
Donations are welcomed: all proceeds go to The Trinity Foundation.
Tickets available online or at Swedesboro Borough Hall
All Show will take place at Old Swedes Trinity Church

The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig. [War-hof-tig]. They are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ That’s the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary ‘Hot Club of France Quintet,’ which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli in the 1930’s & 40’s. Django and Grappelli were inspired to do their own version of American ‘Hot Jazz,’ as played by artists like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass, and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF, along with their own modern influences.

The band performs as a trio, quartet, quintet, etc. There have been a few changes in the line up through the years, but the band has never strayed from it’s roots. Bassist Jim Stager has been with the group from the beginning. Stager graduated from Temple University Jazz Studies, and is one of the busiest and most versatile players on the scene.

Dan Pearce is the 2nd guitarist, and violinist Joseph Arnold is a key part of the group’s recordings and shows. Arnold is a native of California, and he has a BA in Jazz Violin performance from Carnegie-Mellon. [He created the course]. He is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique Guitarist Pearce is a native of Rochester NY, and has a Masters in Jazz Guitar from the University of the Arts.

Wahrhaftig has been a player on the Philly scene for quite a while. His has studied Jazz with players like Howard Alden, Fapy Lafertin, Larry McKenna and Stephane Wrembel, and he attended Temple University for Classical Guitar. He has written for ‘Just Jazz Guitar’ magazine,has his own blog, www.GypsyJazzGuitarOnline.com He also is a regular contributor to the DjangoBooks.com website.

The band features vocalist Phyllis Chapell and they have collaborated with Denise King. Chapell is a mainstay on the Philly scene, well known for her soulful vocals in many languages, including, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Hebrew.

The band’s second CD, ‘Gypsy Routes,’ released in 2015, features Chapell
singing pieces like Edith Piaf’s ‘La Foule’ [in French], and ‘Cry Me a River’ [in English].
Barry also sings; early jazz pieces like ‘Georgia on My Mind,’ and standards that were done by Sinatra or Nat ‘King’ Cole. Their eclectic mix also includes interpretations of songs by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix.

The group has performed for a wide range of venues, including; The Kimmel Center’s PIFA Festival, World Café Live, Sellersville Theater, WHYY-NPR, Musikfest-Bethlehem, Pastorius Park Summer Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, S.J. Pinelands Jazz Fest, Media ‘Jazz BY Night,’ series, Rose Tree Park Summer Concerts, Landhaven Concerts, The Barnes Foundation, Phila Museum of Art, the Mid-West Gypsy Swing Festival, and Philly’s first ‘Diner en Blanc,’ and Chris’ Jazz Café, to name a few.

Their first CD, ‘Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,’ 2010 was very well received and their new release, ‘Gypsy Routes,’ features guest spots by Howard Alden, Titi Bamberger, Larry McKenna, Phyllis Chapell and Marty Grosz.

One of the tracks, Django Reinhardt’s ‘Tears,’ was # 1 on Philly Jazz radio WRTI’s Hot 11 Countdown. The CD came in at # 11 on WRTI’s end of year Top 100 Countdown. Susan Lewis (WRTI) interviewed Wahrhaftig for WRTI’s Arts Desk, to talk about Gypsy Jazz.

A link for the podcast of the interview, where he also demonstrates some of the guitar style Used in G.J.- http://wrti.org/post/what-gypsy-jazz
Additional press; http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/hot-club-of-philadelphia-set-to-swing-into-landhaven#.WLrxpzsrJEY

Both CDs are available thru iTunes, CD Baby etc., The band is currently recording their third CD.


The band is available for concerts and workshops, private parties, swing dances, house concerts, etc.
Contact – Barry at 215-380-2588, or email; HotClubPhilly@gmail.com
Main website is www.HotClubPhilly.com

Past shows

Saturday January 28, 2017
Brian Betz Quartet Featuring Denis DiBlasio

Saturday February 25, 2017
Annabelle’s Rose Trio > Jazz Standards & Some Classical