Hot Club Thing will be doing its thing for World Music Night at Martyr’s (3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613) this August 23. We go on at 9pm. Joining us will be ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra, Lamajamal, and DJ Bashert, spinning groovy World Music late into the night.
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We hope you can join us!
Gipsy Trio recently had the honor of playing Mario Macaferri’s granddaughter’s wedding reception! The view of the Chicago skyline and Millenium park from the Bluhm Terrace of the Art Institute’s modern wing was perfect for the occasion. The beautiful weather didn’t hurt either.
For those who do not know about Macaferri’s contribution to Gypsy Jazz, he was the principal designer of the type of guitar Django Reinhardt (and countless players after him) championed. The use of a Selmer-Macaferri style guitar is almost a requirement for one to play Gypsy Jazz. It is a defining characteristic of the sound and feel of this music.
It was a bit surreal to meet so many of Macaferri’s descendants in one place (including his son, daughter, granddaughters, and further relations). It was also very nice that they continue to have such reverence for his contribution to the music world and came up to personally shake hands and tell us how much they enjoyed our playing.
We will remain indebted to Mario Macaferri’s innovations in the beautiful guitars which he designed and we have chosen to play.
Congratulations to the bride and groom! May your lives be filled with music.
Once in a while we get to do a swing dance gig. This past weekend we got to do TWO, when Gipsy Trio played Purdue Night Train’s Lindy Exchange on both Friday and Saturday nights at Duncan Hall and Merou Grotto, respectively.
Purdue Night Train’s Treasurer, Katey Powell, had this to say:
We are all so happy that you were able to perform for us. It was such a great experience. You and your fellow band mates were so nice and it was refreshing to get the chance to talk to you without it being just about business. We will definitely have to look into having you in the future.
It’s always a blast to play for dancers. We feed off their energy and respond to their movement, while they feed off the immediacy of our live music to complete the feedback loop. It was a lot of fun playing for (and getting to know) the dancers. We even had a little time to get to know Lafayette, Indiana a bit.
The weekend went something like this.
We recently helped celebrate Pam Kueltzo’s birthday at Maggiano’s in Oak Brook, IL. It was a surprise party orchestrated by Pam’s husband, Glenn, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the afternoon. Good food, good drinks, good music, and good family and friends. That’s a lot of good, and we were honored to play a role in it.
Here’s what Glenn had to say:
Finally have the time to send you and your fellow musicians a big THANK YOU. The surprise birthday party for my wife at Maggiano’s was great fun due, in part, to the addition of your musical talents. Almost everyone commented on how wonderful it was listening to The Gipsy Trio. ‘Where did you find them?’, ‘Who are those guys?’, ‘They’re really good’, etc. etc. You fellows added a touch of ‘class’ if I may say so.
Happy New Year from The Gipsy Trio! We hope you had a memorable New Year’s Eve. We did our best to make it a great one for the folks who came along on that snowy night to Webster’s for an evening of good wine, food, and music. We received requests from some eager revelers for specific Django tunes, which we were happy to perform, and we were even treated to some dance performances by the talented audience. It was, overall, a beautiful time. Thank you!
Wishing you all the best in life and music in the year to come!
We had an excellent time playing a wedding this past Friday at The Grove in Glenview, IL. The bride and groom were cool and quirky, and they celebrated both of those qualities in style. The Redfield Estate is a very intimate venue for a celebration/party, and the party these folks threw seemed to perfectly fit their style. Thanks Tony and Jess for a great evening!
We were recently featured in a segment on WTTW Chicago (Channel 11) for Check Please! The excellent restaurant being reviewed was Brown Trout in Lincoln Square, and it is a great place to play (not to mention eat and drink). Sadly, the producers failed to mention the name of our band, Gipsy Trio. You can find out more about us, through this link. If you missed us on TV, you can catch the episode here. Thanks to Brown Trout for being awesome and to Check Please! for the exposure.