Hot Club Strut

Hot Club Strut
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Founded in Birmingham in 2000 award winning jazz trio Hot Club Strut draw inspiration from the small string bands of the 30's and 40's, and particularly from the most famous of all: the Quintette du Hot Club de France featuring Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.

Their repertoire consists of songs that Grappelli played during his 75-year career - from Gypsy Jazz to the top hits of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael and Grappelli's own songs. 

Hot Club Strut have played at corporate events for Alternative Holidays - Sicily, The Nightingale Club - Birmingham, Barclays Bank, The I.C.C, Gardeners World for the B.B.C, Moda U.K, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, The N.E.C and have made appearances at The Exeter Summer Music Festival, The Birmingham International Jazz Festival and the Prestigious Gypsy Jazz Festival L'Esprit Manouche.

Line-up:

Salene Bijou - Violin
Andy Bole - Guitar
Mike Green - Double Bass

An idea of Hot Club Strut's repertoire

  • AFTER YOU'VE GONE
  • AINT MISBEHAVIN
  • ALL OF ME
  • AS TIME GOES BY
  • AUTUMN LEAVES
  • CARAVAN
  • CHINATOWN 
  • CLOSE YOUR EYES
  • COQUETTE
  • CSARDAS
  • DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE
  • DARK EYES
  • DEED I DO
  • DESTINEE
  • DINAH
  • DJANGOLOGY
  • DJANGO'S CASTLE
  • DON'T CRY BABY
  • DON'T WAIT TOO LONG
  • DOUCE AMBIANCE
  • EMBRACEABLE YOU
  • EXACTLY LIKE YOU
  • FIVE FOOT TWO EYES OF BLUE
  • FLEUR DE LAVENDE
  • FLY ME TO THE MOON
  • GEORGIA ON MY MIND
  • GIRL FROM IPANEMA
  • HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
  • I CANT GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE
  • I GOT RHYTHM
  • INDIFERENCE
  • IT DON'T MEAN A THING
  • IT HAD TO BE YOU
  • IVE FOUND A NEW BABY
  • I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
  • LA MER
  • LADY BE GOOD
  • LADY IS A TRAMP
  • LETS FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE
  • LIMEHOUSE BLUES
  • MACK THE KNIFE
  • MINOR SWING
  • MISTY
  • NIGHT AND DAY
  • NUAGES
  • PALLET ON THE FLOOR
  • SHINE
  • STOMPIN AT DECCA
  • STRANGER IN PARADISE
  • SUMMERTIME
  • SWEET GEORGIA BROWN
  • SWEET SUE
  • SWING DE PARIS
  • SWING GITANE
  • TAKE FIVE
  • TCHAVOLO
  • TEA FOR TWO
  • THE CHARLESTON
  • THE LARK
  • THE NEARNESS OF YOU
  • THEM THERE EYES
  • TWO GUITARS
  • UNDECIDED

Dear Nicky

Thank you for helping us with our event on the 3rd of April from us all. It worked really well and Hot Club Strut and your  DJ were both brilliant.

Please pass on our thanks to the artists. I hope that they enjoyed it- it really made a difference to our event. Thank you again and I hope that we work together again in the future. Eithne - Corporate Event for 1700 guests - ICC Birmingham

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London Jazz club 2018 - Review of Hot Club Strut

One of the best nights, so far, we have had at the KJC and this performance will take a lot of beating. This was to be a tribute to Stephane Grappelli, the Jazz violinist extraordinaire.

The fiddle is beautifully played by Sally Minchin who exhibits her classical training with a small rendition of Jules Massenet “Meditation from Thais”. This was to represent the roots of Grappeli’s violin playing. Accompanying her in this, on piano, was Rich Hughes. And so begins a musical biography of Grappelli from his early beginnings in the 1920s up to his death in the late 1990s.

The bands’ music is punctuated by Sally’s narration of Grappelli’s life with various renditions of his music throughout.

Other members of the band are Andy Bole on guitar (funny guy), with Simon Smith playing double bass…(beautifully).. On percussion was Grahame Smith with his usual dynamism for all types of jazz music.

The music throughout the evening was magnificently executed and the Grappelli swing versions of Cole Porter and George Gershwin’s compositions went down a storm with the very packed room. At the end of the performance a well deserved ovation was given by all for a magnificent performance and I for one would like to see a return to the club of this band. After returning home from the club I stayed up late with Youtube and took a closer look at the legendary Stephane Grappelli and his music. The evening with Hot Club Strut was that inspiring!

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Caravan

Coquette

Django's Castle

It Don't Mean A Thing

Unfortunately we are unable to request autographs or personal Meet & Greets (unless part of a Classique event and pre-arranged) and we suggest contacting the artist's own websites or fan sites. Apologies, we are also not able to ask for Video calls / personal birthday requests / free / gratis / charity / reduced fee performances from any of the artists – again please contact your chosen artist through their own websites.
We are however very happy to pass on your thanks to any artist that has appeared at your event arranged and organised by Classique.

The majority of prices will be plus vat at the current UK rate of 20%.