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In a conversation about culture in the city I currently live in (Las Cruces, NM), I made the comment that I was going to a Hot Club music concert. The girl I was talking to looked baffled. “Hot Club? What’s that?” I told her that, if she heard it, she would know it instantly. And that she would like it.

If you are unfamiliar with Hot Club music and are unsure if you would like it, trust me, you will.

Basically, Hot Club music is Gypsy Jazz. The main name in the genre is Django Reinhart. This guy:

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Click on his name to access the Wikipedia page.

Let me put it this way: if you imagine yourself relaxing in a classy cafe in Paris with a nice glass of wine while the night hums with love, this is the music you would be listening to.

Here is a good YouTube video with just Django’s music. I listen to this often:

Django died at the early age of 43 (I’m 42!). Yet his legacy lives on. Here are some Hot Club bands:

Black Market Trust (this is the band I saw)

Hot Club of San Francisco with “All of Me”:

There’s just something to the music. It’s like it strikes a chord within me. Maybe it’s because I love coffee shops. Maybe it’s because I love wine bars. Or maybe it’s because I love music to begin with. Regardless, I love the stuff. Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine yourself relaxing in a French cafe with the one you love. I bet you’ll dig this music too.

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