Parisota Hot Club has been performing with added flexibility in two different formats over the past year, 2014. The basic acoustic trio of guitar, violin and string bass and the basic electric trio of guitar, bass and drums. The electric trio is often joined by vocalist Erin Radtke. We have been working with Erin since May of this year.
There are three music players in the right hand column of this page that provide samples of the various combinations.
The top player is a live recording from a concert featuring Tom Schaefer on violin with Jay Epstein-drums, Matt Senjem-bass and myself on electric guitar.
The middle player features vocalist Erin Radtke doing some blues based numbers with the group and the third player from the top is the acoustic instrumental trio of violin, guitar and bass. We also perform in duo settings of violin and guitar or vocal and guitar.
In addition to club and concert work Parisota Hot Club has also provided music for weddings and corporate events on a regular basis over the last 12 years. Click on this link to view our client and venue list. Use our contact page for booking information and any questions you might have about the group.Thanks for looking!- Robb Henry
Visit our Parisota Hot Club Facebook Page for more info, photos and videos.
Hot Club Duo; Jim Plattes – Violin Robb Henry – Guitar
Loring Pasta Bar November 15 2014 with Erin Radtke Livingston
Parisota Hot Club was formed in 2001. Originally started as a twin-guitar, bass and violin quartet featuring Parisian expatriate Raphaël Fraisse ( 1974-2006 ) on violin; hence the name Parisota; Paris plus Minnesota. Original intention in getting together was to explore the Hot Club style music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli and to meet other Hot Club fanatics. First official date as Parisota Hot Club was at Brasserie Zinc in Minneapolis on Feb. 7 2002. At this time, it was the first Hot Club devoted to the jazz stylings of Reinhardt and Grappelli to appear on the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene. It has since become the longest running Hot Club locally in the Twin Cities. Over the last 12 years Parisota Hot Club has become much more “Club-like” with a rotating cast of approximately a dozen musicians; bassists, drummers and various soloists sharing the stage on a regular basis with guitarist/bandleader Robb Henry.
Upcoming Date April 12 Jazz at St. Barney’s
Sharing the stage on this show will be violinist Tom Schaefer, whose first appearance with Parisota dates back to 2002. Jay Epstein on drums ( first PHC date early 2007 ) and Matt Senjem-bass ( first PHC dates 2005 ) will round out the rhythm section. Music on this program will feature many Django Reinhardt standards and favorites along with a few other eclectic selections from the 1960’s movie soundtrack and pop music genres. Those in attendance can look forward to hearing a fresh mix of sounds from the PHC repertoire.
RECENT PERFORMANCE PHOTOS & VIDEO JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014
In my attempt to find the sweet spot on stage last night for an audio recording ( with camera ) I managed to capture this peculiar point of view. -Robb Henry-guitar with Jay Epstein-drums and Matt Senjem-bass.
Below: At the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul; Gary Schulte-Violin, Robb Henry-Guitar and Matt Senjem-Bass.
Below: Como Conservatory Concert Photos: Robb, Matt and Gary with Jay Epstein-Drums and guest vocalist Carla Tollefsrud.
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