Last night I got to enjoy the rollicking country swing and hot jazz of the incomparable Hot Club of Cowtown at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. I can't get enough of Alana on fiddle, Whit on guitar and Jake on bass, all of whom seem to effortlessly tear up songs by Django, Bob Wills, and their own compositions. Few things make me happier than seeing Jake slap that bass.
It was a packed audience of fans in this lovely concert hall, part of Freight and Salvage's Django and Stephane weekend festival. Sadly though there was no dancing, except for two couples swaying in the wings.
Luckily, tomorrow night, Monday January 30, Hot Club will be performing again at the delightfully divey Amnesia Bar in the Mission. Jazz fans, lindy hoppers and everyone else needs to catch these cats! Tickets are $20, starts at 9pm.