Hot Club of San Francisco @ The Alberta Bair Theater
The Hot Club of San Francisco swings The Beatles and more
at Alberta Bair Theater on February 15
BILLINGS, MT —As part of Alberta Bair Theater’s Orser Outstanding Performances Series, The Hot Club of San Francisco celebrates songwriting of The Beatles with music from their album John Paul George & Django
on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. To hear them live or on any of their 13 albums is to be carried back to the tight, smoky jazz clubs of 1930’s Paris and to the refined lounge of the famous Hotel Ritz. Innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling, bring this style of music, often called Gypsy Jazz, to modern audiences. Featuring the silken violin of twice Grammy awarded Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine, and a swinging rhythm section, The Hot Club of San Francisco never fails to surprise and delight.
Acoustic Guitar has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours—from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival—The Hot Club of San Francisco has kept this historic music fresh and alive for more than 25 years.
This performance by The Hot Club of San Francisco is sponsored by
Eileen Orser, Intermountain Distributing, ClockTower Inn/Stella’s, and the National Endowment for The Arts.Tickets, $42, $30 and $22 for students with valid I.D., are available at the Alberta Bair Theater Box Office on the corner of 3rd Ave N and N Broadway, by phone at 406-256-6052 (box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10-5; Saturday 10-3) and/or online at