Mississippi Hot Club

The third release "Swing Cities" is available now

The Story

A Minnesotan Jazz Manouche ensemble from the banks of the Mississippi River

“Over the past five years, this quintet has become one of the Midwest’s preeminent string bands. Originally an homage to French Gypsy Jazz, the quintet’s music has begun to take on a more eclectic, adventurous persona as other influences have crept into the palette.”
-Twin Cities Jazz Fest, 2017

Mississippi Hot Club is inspiring a new generation of young swingers in Minnesota. With reverence and chops, Mississippi Hot Club’s new album, Swing Cities, shines light on the bold music of Django Reinhardt from a fresh pop-oriented perspective.

Recorded at Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis, Swing Cities masterfully captures MHC’s spunky performances, featuring an upbeat approach to jazz manouche, hot club jazz, and gypsy jazz. Swing Cities captivates with its high caliber swing and rhythms that run from cool to fiery.

Joshua Parlanti’s engaging improvisation on lead guitar is complimented by the fierce solos of violinist Alissa Jacobsen. This fearless duo is supported by la pompe rhythm guitarists Ian Stenlund and Luke Zupan, along with airtight upright bassist Joseph Downing.

Spanning several eras of Django’s repertoire, Parlanti conveys his melodies on acoustic and electric guitar, playing with a recognizable “Gypsy” flair. His approach is soulful and refreshing, hitting on the more frisky verve that people in the 1930s heard in Django’s playing. On intimate ballads that round out the album’s spectrum of moods, Parlanti skillfully debuts dreamy Steinway piano performances.

In a still growing jazz tradition now elevated in the Twin Cities, Swing Cities charmingly combines a vintage feel with modern artistry.

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Upcoming Shows & Events

Jan 5 | 7p
C.L. Martin : Muse Obscura Art Showcase
Corner Store Gallery NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Jan 10 | 10p
Kitty Cat Klub with MT Foyer and Yung Jeller
315 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Jan 13 | 6p
Private Event
Mill City Museum
Jan 14 | 12a
Lit Up Stringfest
331 Club - 331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Jan 27 | 8p
Prohibition Swing Night! w/ GATL @ The Hook & Ladder
3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
Feb 27 | 7p
Private Event
Minneapolis, MN

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