Hot Club Swing

The Finest in French Gypsy Jazz

Saturday November 3

7.30pm - 10.00pm


58 Lydiard Street Nth, Ballarat

Having just reached a milestone birthday of 20 years, Hot Club Swing is thrilled to continue bringing this fantastic music to audiences everywhere and are currently in preparation for their fourth studio album.

Hot Club Swing’s unique style of French Gypsy Jazz is alive and well; music originating in the 1930s but still thriving in the 21st century. The group draws its influences from an exotic palate of music from Latin America, Swing and Eastern Europe, painting on a canvas that can be eloquently French, starkly rustic or darkly and romantically gypsy.

The quintet features: Ben Calderazzo (leader/guitar); Phil Smurthwaite (violin); Rob Gador (double bass); Jeremy Bourke (rhythm guitar), and Nadine Joy (vocals) and is inspired by the original masters, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with influences from more modern groups such as Latcho Drom & Bireli Lagrene.

Having made the milestone of 20 years as a band, some notable performances include: Port Fairy Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, the 53rd National Jazz Convention, Boite World Music Café, inclusion on the charity CD Waterfront Christmas for United Way and support act for Hank Marvin at the 2015 Oz Manouche Festival of Gypsy Jazz.

Hot Club Swing's first two albums, Musique du Jour (2002) and Sacré Cœur (2005), both gained regular airplay on local and national Australian radio, and achieved notable sales figures, making both albums now out of print. In late 2013 Hot Club Swing released their third full-length studio album Douce Ambiance to sell-out audiences and glowing reviews.

As a result of many showcase performances, the group has built a dedicated and diverse audience, which is always eager to return to experience this captivating music. The group has also been featured at various festivals, as well as concert settings and private bookings, always bringing a certain joie de vivre!

“Hot Club Swing capture a warm, swinging all-string sound taking audience hearts and imaginations captive....the band’s intuitive and empathic interplay is a feature of their live set.” The Age.

  • JAZZ GENRE - French Gypsy, Latin, Swing

    Alanna Egan – Guest Vocals
    Ben Calderazzo – Guitar
    Phil Smurthwaite – Violin
    Rob Gador – Double bass
    Jeremy Bourke – Rhythm guitar


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