By honoring the spirit of Reinhardt's music and combining it with modern jazz, Hot Club of Detroit has become an international sensation, along with the Reinhardt resurgence. "Django Reinhardt is the showerhead from which we all come down," says guitarist and Hot Club of Detroit bandleader Evan Perri.
And while Hot Club of Detroit salutes the 100th Anniversary of Reinhardt's birth, they pay homage to their inspiration by branching out in new directions, as they display on their forthcoming Mack Avenue release, It's About That Time, due out in April.
"To me," says Hot Club of Detroit rhythm guitarist Paul Brady, "Django Reinhardt was a jazz improviser like Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young or any of the other great improvisers of his time. We don't approach our music as a gypsy jazz band, but 100% as a jazz group;" evident in their choice of special guests, two of Jazz's finest: Howard Alden and Anat Cohen.
George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger writes of guitarist Howard Alden, "He may be the best of his generation." Alden, named one of the top 75 jazz guitarists of all time in Downbeat, is largely responsible for the Reinhardt resurgence from his playing for Woody Allen's 1999 film, Sweet and Lowdown - about a fictional guitarist who worshiped Reinhardt. He has worked with such artists as Benny Carter, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski. Alden returns for his second engagement with the Hot Club of Detroit since 2008.
Hot Club of Detroit also welcomes Israeli-born and New York-based Anat Cohen, who is one of the most exciting and talented clarinetists and saxophonists on the jazz scene. A regular headliner all over the world, Cohen's accomplishments have been recognized in a flurry of awards and distinctions from critics and fans alike (garnering acclaim from Downbeat, The Jazz Journalists Association, and ASCAP).Additionally, Cohen is the first female reed player, and the first Israeli to headline at New York's famed Village Vanguard. Nate Chinen of the New York Times wrote of her 2008 release, Notes From the Village, "Notes From The Village is a resounding confirmation; yes, she is the real deal."