The Hot Club of Philadelphia was founded in 2001 by guitarist and vocalist Barry Wahrhaftig, They are an acoustic jazz quartet, mainly influenced by the music of the original Hot Club of France, which was led Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.We add our own style and arrangements.
The quartet includes Jim Stager on acoustic bass, Zach Fay on rhythm & lead guitar, Joe Arnold violin. We also work with Paul Bulter on clarinet, and we collaborate with vocalists like Phyllis Chapell and Cecilia Ferneborg. Phyllis adds a French flair, singing songs by Edith Piaf, and other French artits. She also sings in Sapnish, Hebrew, and many other languages. Barry Wahrhaftig writes about Gypsy Jazz for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, and teaches seminars and workshops in Gypsy Jazz. He plays an AJL guitar. Their 1st CD; ‘Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,’ was well received. Their 2nd disc is slated for release Summer of 2014. They have performed for the Kimmel Center’s PIFA Festival, and also for the K.C.’s ‘Grow up Great,’ Children’s Concert series. They have played sold out shows at the World Cafe Live, Phila Museum of Art ‘Art After 5,’ series, and we’re part of Phila’s 1st ‘Diner en Blanc,’ which was filmed by WHYY for Friday Arts program. They have also performed at the Michener Museum, Pastorious Park Summer Series, Rose Tree Park, Cheltenham series, Jazz Bridge, and are regulars at the Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill, Bowman’s Tavern, New Hope, etc. They play music that is fun, and accessible, and user friendly for all ages. The original Hot Club of France took inspiration from Guitarist Eddie Lang, and Violinist Joe Venuti, who were from Philadelphia.