Brace Yourself for Swinging Hot Club of Cowtown, Jazz Alley HoedownOctober 21st, 2015 at 9:00am
For the longest time, the Hot Club of Cowtown came to Seattle to play the usual outskirts of the mainstream. Look at the band’s name. But now, the fiddle/guitar/bass trio of Elana James, Whit Smith, and Jake Erwin intends to turn Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley — the bigtime! — into a swinging hot club hoedown for two nights, October 27-28.
Frontwoman James is ready. In an exclusive interview with AXS yesterday, the fiddle player and vocalist talked about the band members’ excitement at introducing their gypsy jazz/Western swing dance hybrid to a whole new segment of the listening audience, a wider set most assuredly.
“We have always played Seattle since we first began touring 175 years ago, but we generally have played the Tractor. This is our first visit to Jazz Alley and we are totally looking forward to it,” she explained. “… We love coming to the Pacific Northwest and especially Seattle. We don’t feel like we come nearly often enough, so we are first of all thrilled to be back at all, but also to be in a new place playing for people who may discover us just because we’re playing Jazz Alley, and may not have known about us otherwise — that’s cool, and we hope there’s some of that for these shows.”
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