Hot Club Sandwich
More than fifteen years ago, hot-jazz string band Hot Club Sandwich was founded in Olympia, WA. With two guitars, bass, violin, mandolin, and drums, each band member is also a contributing composer and arranger, and everyone in the band sings. The forthcoming fifth Hot Club Sandwich recording No Pressure features a title track by the group’s 74-year-old guitarist Ray Wood and a guest appearance by mandolinist David Grisman. As the name suggests, the Hot Club Sandwich repertoire carries a reverence for Gypsy Jazz along with folkloric influences from around the world that flourished during the same era. In some cases, the band has been known to venture into Western twang territory, including in collaboration with the late legend Dan Hicks.
Kevin Connor - Guitar
Joseph Mascorella - Drums
James Schneider - Bass
Matt Sircely - Mandolin
Tim Wetmiller - Violin
Ray Wood - Guitar
Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews and the EVM All Stars
A Whidbey native, Eric has been coming to DFNW as a fan since the beginning. He started on violin at age four, switched to piano a year later, and then picked up clarinet and saxophone in middle school. Since then, Eric has focused on classical and jazz studies in high school and at the University of Washington, deciding on saxophone as his primary focus.
Over the past several years he would join the jams at DFNW, strengthening his improvisational skills. Last year, Eric had his first chance to perform in the festival as a sideman with Ranger and the Re-Arrangers and the Hot Club of Troy. This year he was asked to perform as a leader, so he set forth to assemble an all star band of epic players from across the continent. Blending the compositional influence, solidity of groove, and swing feel of Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong with the harmonic and lyrical freedom of contemporary improvised music, the EVM All-Stars attempt to pay homage to the great jazz tradition.
Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews – Saxophone
Luca Pino - Guitar
Chris McCarthy - Piano
Greg Feingold - Bass
Hot Club Sandwich / EVM All Stars
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