On Friday, March 24, Gypsy jazz virtuosos Hot Club Sandwich plays for Discovery Dance at the Port Townsend Elks. The dancing begins at 8:00 p.m. following a free (with admission) dance lesson in Night Club 2-Step taught by local dance instructor Janice Eklund. New dancers are encouraged to attend. This is a smoke and scent free event for all ages. No partner or previous dance experience is necessary to join in the fun.
Fifteen years ago, with Seattle fast becoming a hub of Gypsy jazz resurgence, Hot Club Hot Club SandwichSandwich was founded by a handful of young string players with a love for Manouche swing and other vintage jazz, including other folkloric music of the era from around the world. Several years ago, Hot Club Sandwich added Ray Wood to the line-up, a guitar legend from Kitsap County who has been playing dances since the mid-50s. Founding members include Seattle’s Tim Wetmiller on violin and Matt Sircely on mandolin. Joseph Mascorella rounds out the group on drums. Known for playing dances as far afield as California or Alaska, the group has made regular appearances in recent years on the Juan de Fuca Festival and NW Folklife stages. When playing dances, Hot Club Sandwich caters to each event, touching on swing at various tempos, and branching into country shuffles or Latin grooves before sprinkling the set with waltzes. Expect at least one polka, likely from Mexico.