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Hot Club of Naptown Releases "All Swings Considered"

By David McCarty
May 21, 2004 - 6:00 am

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Indianapolis, IN – The Hot Club of Naptown, one of the Midwest's leading proponents of acoustic swing and gypsy jazz in the tradition of jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt, has released its debut CD, "All Swings Considered."

The jazz quartet, which will appear at the prestigious 2004 Indy Jazz Fest on June 20, will hold a CD release party Friday, May 21, from 9-11 p.m. at Café Django, 116 N. Grant Street, Bloomington, Ind.

The Hot Club of Naptown features acoustic jazz violin, guitar, mandolin and bass, as well as jazz vocals. The group performs tunes by Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Lyle Lovett, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, and many jazz standards and originals. The group appeared last year at the I.U. Museum of Art's popular Jazz in July series and opened for bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs in 2001.

Advance copies of the CD have been receiving excellent reviews and praise from some of the leading Hot Club-style musicians in the country, the group reports. John Reischman, acclaimed as one of the world's finest mandolinists and a former member of bands such as the Tony Rice Unit and the Good Ole Persons, had this to say about the group's new recording:

"Hot Club swing played with passion and virtuosity is alive and well in the Hoosier state! Combining engaging vocals with powerful instrumental talents on mandolin, violin and Django-style guitar, Indiana's Hot Club of Naptown offers a great selection of familiar standards, under-recorded gems and wonderful originals that blend perfectly."

Copies of "All Swings Considered" will be available directly from the band at its appearances. The band also will have copies available at local bookstores and music stores in the state.

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