Dec. 6: Celebrate the holidays with gypsy jazz

HCSF-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Take a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole with the Hot Club of San Francisco’s “Cool Yule” performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre at Washington State University.

Featuring many favorites and rarer seasonal gems, the jazzy holiday concert will have something for everyone. Listen to a clip at

A festive social at 6:30 p.m. in the theater lobby will feature a visit from Santa Butch, complimentary light holiday fare provided by Banyans on the Ridge and a beer and wine cash bar.

HCSF-400Powered by the violin of two-time Grammy Award winner Evan Price, the velvet voice of Isabelle Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section, the ensemble celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France with style and panache. To hear the group live, or on any of its 13 albums, is to be carried back to the 1930s into the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris and the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz.

Often called gypsy jazz, the music of the Hot Club of San Francisco ( has entranced audiences around the globe for more than 20 years. The group borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling.

Acoustic Guitar magazine has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant,” while All About Jazz says, “There aren’t enough superlatives to describe their sound.” With frequent national and international tours, from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival, the ensemble keeps this historic music fresh and alive.

Reserved seating costs $20 for adults, $16 for seniors (60+) and $10 for students and youth. Tickets may be purchased in advance at all TicketsWest outlets, including online at, by phone at 800-325-7328 and at the Beasley Coliseum box office, open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Additional fees apply to online and phone purchases.

Discounts are available to WSU Alumni Association members and groups of eight or more. Same-day tickets may be purchased at the Daggy Hall ticket office beginning two hours before the performance.

For more information about WSU Performing Arts events, including a Jones Theatre seating chart, visit



Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522,