The Hot Club of Buffalo
Sunday, October 9th, 2022, 3pm
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The Hot Club of Buffalo performs at the Long Lake Town Hall on Sunday, October 9th, 2022 at 3pm. Tickets available on-line $15 pp.
Band Members include: Dean Gionis, Kevin O’Brien, E.J. Koeppel and Josh Assad
After many years in the rock scene, a chance encounter compelled Dean to unplug and study classical guitar. It was through that study that a love of Jazz & World Music began. In 2005 Dean formed the group Djambossa, playing a blend of Bossa Nova, Flamenco, and Gypsy Jazz. His love & dedication to these styles is apparent in each of his performances, whether with Djambossa or The Hot Club of Buffalo. When Dean is not busy playing guitar he is busy wishing that he was playing guitar
Kevin O’Brien has performed and recorded on upright bass in almost every musical style, spanning classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass and world music. He has toured nationally and internationally with groups including Babik, Big Wheelie & the Hubcaps, Dempsey Station and The Jazzabels. His song “Chipotle” on Babik’s ‘American Gypsy’ album received airplay on radio stations throughout America. Kevin also owns and operates The String Brothers, a booking agency that provides jazz and classical musicians for events in Western New York.
E.J. Koeppel has enjoyed a prolific career as a performer and educator, winning countless awards and scholarships. In 1981 he joined an acoustic jazz outfit called The Norris Quartet. This proved to be the catalyst for his deep love of jazz violin. Soon after, he had the good fortune to meet one of his violin heroes, Stephane Grappelli. Since then, E.J. has toured with Liza Minnelli & Dudley Moore and recorded with Jeffrey Arthur. E.J. is currently one of the most sought-after musicians in the Buffalo area for both jazz and classical music. He is also the instrumental music teacher in the Kenmore- Town of Tonawanda School district.
Joshua Assad has been singing & playing music as long as he can remember. As a founding member of the Gypsy Jazz band Babik, Joshua found a deep passion for swing music and early era jazz. He helped create and perform programming which won Babik 7 Buffalo music awards, performances with symphony orchestras (including The BPO), and garnered the group national recognition on the radio charts as well as extensive touring. He loves to bring a light-hearted, entertaining and carefree spirit to audiences everywhere.
What is Gypsy Jazz?
The Hot Club of Buffalo plays a brand of jazz known as Gypsy Swing. It’s also called Gypsy Jazz. The style was created in the 1930’s by the legendary 2-fingered guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Gypsy Jazz blends American big band swing with exotic European Gypsy sounds.
The music is performed entirely on acoustic instruments. The rhythm guitar takes the place of a drum set. The guitars, strings, and even the picks are specially chosen to get that unique gypsy sound!