Hot Club of San Francisco Postcards from Gypsy Land

Paul Mehling, lead guitar | Evan Price, violin | Jeff Magidson, rhythm guitars | Sam Rocha, rhythm guitars | David Chiorini, bass

One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephanie Grappeli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own. HCSF is the brainchild of guitarist Paul Mehling, who after years of playing with the famed country swing bandleader Dan Hicks, went out on his own to form a gypsy jazz band. Prior to his time with Hicks, Mehling had immersed himself in all things Django, even playing with a gypsy violinist in the Paris Metro for two years. The band’s first album was produced by Mehling and put out on the band’s own label in 1993. Since then, they’ve put out nine more fine albums of gypsy-flavored jazz including Lady in Red, Swing This and Postcards from Gypsyland. HCSF was instrumental in popularizing this growing Django movement, and now the revival is in full swing with Hot Clubs popping up in cities across the country. It is not a surprise then that HCSF was the first American band invited to play France’s storied Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine.