Inspired by the compositions of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, The Hot Club of Troy plays acoustic jazz in the master’s style and instrumentation. A swinging rhythm supplied by acoustic guitar, clarinet, saxophone and bass provides the foundation for the timeless beauty of Django’s melodies as played on his trademark Selmer guitar.
Guitarist Troy Chapman brings a lifetime of Django admiration to the stage along with years of gypsy jazz experience with groups including Pacific Northwest legends Pearl Django, and Billet-Deux.
Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews joined The Hot Club of Troy in 2016. He started playing violin at age four, switched to piano a year later, and then picked up clarinet and saxophone. Since then, Eric has focused on classical and jazz studies in high school and at the University of Washington, deciding on saxophone as his primary focus. DjangofestNW has been an influencing factor in his appreciation and integration of Django’s style and music.
Guitarist Keith Bowers, also a Django devotee and leader of Whidbey Island’s Trio Nouveau, adds rhythmic pulse and harmonic voicings to the ensemble. He is known for playing lyrical passages and with fingerstyle technique as well.
Bassist Kristi O’Donnell, also a member of Trio Nouveau, holds a steady groove with her bass, Emi.
The Hot Club of Troy plays the repertoire of Django Reinhardt and narrates the highlights and history of his life of accomplishments and trials. In addition, The Hot Club of Troy plays the original compositions of Troy Chapman and the great swing tunes of the era.
The Hot Club of Troy is based on Whidbey Island, WA in the Pacific NW. U.S.A.