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: Top Photo: Gary Schulte-Violin, Robb Henry-Guitar and Matt Senjem-Bass.
Como Conservatory Photos: Robb, Matt and Gary with Jay Epstein-Drums and guest vocalist Carla Tollefsrud.
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