The Hot Club of Spokane Show airs every weekend on KEWU – Saturdays at 6pm, and Sundays at Noon. Listen live online at kewu.ewu.edu.
Hot Club of Spokane’s debut show on KEWU welcomes special guest Casey MacGill, star of the Broadway musical “Swing!” and features the music of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Tuba Skinny, and more!
Click “Play” above to listen to The Hot Club of Spokane Show for the weekend of December 10, 2016. You can also catch each show Saturdays at 6pm or Sundays at noon on KEWU. Listen online at kewu.ewu.edu.
This week, on our debut show, we’re just getting acquainted. Hot Club of Spokane is an organization of musicians committed to the preservation of jazz, swing, and blues, named for the famous Hot Club of France from the 1930s. Although the Quintet of the Hot Club of France is synonymous with the music of Django Reinhardt and what today has become known as “jazz manouche,” the original Hot Club was in fact an actual club or organization – not a band – begun by college students to support the preservation of jazz in the wake of the Great Depression. Hot Club of Spokane adopted a similar mission, and since its founding in 2007, the group now employs 20 musicians organized in five to eight piece ensembles that perform in and around the Inland Northwest.
Hot Club of Spokane’s repertoire does include many Django Reinhardt songs, but in keeping with a more localized mission, the band also focuses on the music of Spokane’s jazz royalty, especially songs made famous by Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.
To that end, in 2015, Hot Club of Spokane collaborated with Nostalgia Magazine to create a “live music, documentary film experience” that features short documentary film clips about the lives of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker – often introducing these figures to people for the very first time – mixed with live performances of music from their illustrious careers. The documentary clips include interviews with local historians and journalists, as well as voice over and interviews with Howard Crosby, who is Bing’s nephew, and Julia Rinker, who is Al Rinker’s daughter and Mildred Bailey’s niece. Additionally, the clips are full of rare photographs and film, not just of Bing, Mildred, and Al, but also of Spokane history. (Watch the trailer here.)
Songs on this week’s program:
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Hot Club of Spokane
- Sweet Georgia Brown – Bing Crosby
- Last Night on the Back Porch – Bing Crosby with the Bob Scobey Frisco Jazz Band
- Willow Tree – Mildred Bailey
- Choo Choo Choo to Idaho – Hot Club of Spokane
- I Wish I Were Twins – New Orleans Jazz Vipers
- Jazz Battle – Tuba Skinny
- The Hatchet Man – Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio
- Late Night Swing – The Spirits of Rhythm
- Egg Nog – Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio
- Zat You Santa Claus? – Hot Club of Spokane
Also, be sure to check out Gary Giddins’s biography of Bing Crosby.
Learn more about Bing Crosby at www.bingcrosby.com