Gypsy jazz on Clayton Center menu

From News ReleaseFebruary 10, 2014 

The Hot Club of San Francisco will perform Feb. 14 in Clayton.

LENNY GONZALEZ — THE CLAYTON CENTER

The Hot Club of San Francisco, featuring French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Meet Me in Paris” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

The Hot Club performs love songs and driving gypsy jazz – a combination made famous during the 1920s and 1930s in Paris by the Hot Club de France, a quintet founded by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappellia.

Founded by guitarist Paul Mehling, The Hot Club of San Francisco has released a number of albums, including “Lady in Red” in 1999, “Swing This” in 2003 and “Postcards from Gypsyland” in 2005, The recordings include tangos, waltzes and Mehling originals.

Individual tickets are $25, or four for $80. As a bonus, concert goers will receive up to $24 off at Clayton Steakhouse with a reservation for four. Dinner reservations are available from 5 to 6:15 pm. (The dining discount is valued at $6 per meal.)

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, online at theclaytoncenter.com or from The Clayton Center box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Other shows on The Clayton Center’s 2014 spring schedule include The Celtic Tenors on Saturday, March 15, and comedian James Gregory on Friday, April 11. A special family performance, “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

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