Listening to the Hot Club of North Carolina may just convince you that the best things in life really are free.
If only we could jump in a vintage Rolls Royce and go back to the vintage cafes of 1920s Paris the way the characters do in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris—or time travel back to the speakeasies of New York. If I could, I’d love to go back to take in some gypsy jazz. This dynamic, highly charged style of music, which is epitomized by the driving rhythms and complex melodic lines of music legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, is an exciting form of jazz to hear—and watch. Failing the appearance of that magical Rolls Royce or some other time machine, your best bet to hear some gypsy jazz in Greensboro, N.C., is to head to Tate Street Coffeehouse on Sundays between 11:00 and 1:00. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can listen to the Hot Club of North Carolina. Check out the Youtube videos below where the band plays with jazz virtuoso Frank Vignola. Despite the poor lighting conditions, the videos will give you a sense of how dynamic these performances are.