February Guest Band: Hot City

Next Event: February 18th

An ensemble like no other, HOT CITY has established an aesthetic of New Orleans style hot jazz and classic swing which they augment with a vast array of exotic musical elements, from Latin and Caribbean rhythms to Pacific Island themes and Middle Eastern melodies, forming an intoxicating aural palette that has been referred to as “SWINGXOTICA”.

Returning to his California home after two years of recording and touring throughout the United States and Europe (Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Wayne “The Train” Hancock”), bassist and vocalist Zack Sapunor did so with the notion of a new ensemble that was steeped in the classic “hot” jazz sound. HOT CITY truly is that band. Featuring regular members William Dendle (2014 “Musician of the Year” at Jazz Bash By The Bay) on plectrum guitar and banjo as well as bright young talent Jeff Kreis (Crescent Katz, Element Brass Band) with his red hot trumpet, these musicians have the capability to explore musical flavors from around the world… all the while bringing it home with their finely honed enthusiasm for the work of classic jazz masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and many more giants, famous and obscure.

But while they mix and match exotic sounds over a hot swingin’ foundation, whatever they do is done with a passion and zest for their respective instruments. No matter which way one’s individual tastes may lie, anyone who witnesses a HOT CITY performance will experience the undeniable pleasure of hearing musicians who have dedicated their lives to mining this rich musical tradition with not only competence and expression, but with pure joy and enthusiasm.

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