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Hot Club of Detroit brings gypsy jazz to LPCA Sunday

November 7, 2013
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will heat up the winter on Sunday, Nov. 10 with the gypsy jazz of Hot Club of Detroit, featuring the unique vocal stylings of French artist Cyrille Aimee.

The performance beings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.

More than seven decades after the innovations of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, combos called "hot clubs" carry on the gypsy jazz sound around the globe. The Hot Club of Detroit, led by fast-fingered Reinhardt disciple Evan Perri, offers a fresh take on the genre. Following up "It's About That Time," "Nighttown" and their eponymous 2006 debut, Hot Club of Detroit expands its sonic and compositional horizons with "Junction." Retaining its original lineup of reeds, two guitars, accordion, upright bass and no drums, the Hot Club of Detroit is joined for the first time by a vocalist - French musician Cyrille Aimee, a native of Django Reinhardt's hometown and a winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition.

"A lot of bands that model themselves after the Hot Club of France are now working with drummers, or percussion of some sort," HCOD rhythm guitarist Paul Brady said. "We never have. And by doing that it forces us to think creatively about what we can do without it. How can we approach odd meter? How can we approach certain grooves? Regardless of what a drummer can add, that absence to me is interesting and different."

Aimee has proven herself to be an undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz and pop music. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies.

Aimee has five albums out, including two live albums: the 2010 release "Cyrille Aimee & Friends: Live at Smalls," featuring Roy Hargrove; and released early 2013, "Cyrille Aimee & The Surreal Band: Live at Birdland." Her first album, "Cyrille Aimee & The Surreal Band," was recorded in Switzerland in 2007. Her other two albums, released in 2008, are duets with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo: "Smile," recorded in Sao Paolo, and "Just the Two of Us," recorded in New York City's Avatar Studios.

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