The Red Rock Hot Club has been supplying the Intermountain West with Django Reinhardt style Jazz since 1999. Currently led by the hard swinging guitar of Pat Terry, the group specializes in “Gypsy Jazz” a European take of an American Art form. Guitar genius, Django, and violinist Stephane Grappelli, formed the original Hot Club of France in 1937, and subsequently created an entirely new Jazz genre by incorporating swing rhythms and mimicking the sounds of Louis Armstrong’s horn on their instruments.
The sound has been called Gypsy Swing, Jazz Manouche, Hot Swing, but no matter what you call it, the music swings hard with upbeat, fast pumping tempos but at the same time can also be sweet and lowdown. The Red Rock Hot Club delivers the style spot on. With the added help of James Martak on guitar and Dave Bowen on bass, the core of the Hot Club recreates the sound of Paris ala 1937.
The Red Rock Hot Club Disc, “Gypsy Day Dream” has received rave reviews from critics and the band is becoming widely known as one of the country’s best Gypsy Jazz groups. Django Biographer, and Gypsy Jazz authority, Michael Dregni, says, “This album of Gypsy Jazz is the real deal,” (Vintage Guitar Magazine June 09’) and Veteran Jazz reviewer Scott Yanow has said, “Django would have enjoyed this CD, and would certainly have loved to sit in with the Red Rock Hot Club!”
James graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in music (Jazz performance) in 2014 and joined RRHC shortly after completing his degree. Before starting his career in Jazz, he fronted various rockabilly and early rhythm and blues bands including: The Jukejoint 45's, The Atomic Deathrays and The Radio Rhythm Makers. He put down the electric guitar in 2011 and set his sights on Gypsy Jazz with the formation of The Hot Club of Zion with whom he still plays rhythm guitar.
Dave is the hardest working Bass player in town! He fronts his own trio and is a talented multi-instrumentalist working with groups performing many styles of music. He is also an inventor, and is known for building his "Bassboard", a one string Bass played with his feet. Red Rock Hot Club gigs are very entertaining to see thanks to his dynamic stage presence and enthusiastic performing style.
Pat has been performing and teaching in the Salt Lake City area since 1984. He graduated from the School of Music at the University of Utah in 1987 with a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance, and has taught there as an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies since 2001. Having worked in many bands playing styles as diverse as Latin Jazz, Salsa, Reggae, Ska, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Country and Folk, Pat joined the Red Rock Hot Club in 2005, and assumed leadership of the band in March 2014, upon Rich Daigle's return to his native Maine. For more info visit Pat's teaching website: pat-terry.com.