In the 1930s, French record collectors and enthusiasts of le jazz hot began record listening groups under the name of the Hot Club of France, a major institution of jazz listening and appreciation in Europe when rare imported records were scarce and threatened by the eminent rise of Fascism. Listening to a record was a communal and rarified ritual, replete with the fun of discussion and replay.
Hot Club brings the experience of these original listening sessions to any venue or occasion. Hosted by DJ and jazz expert Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera (WKCR-FM), Hot Club plays classic jazz recordings from the 1920s-50s from original 78rpm pressings in their finest sound. The Fat Cat brings his years of jazz research and collecting to each set, offering a chance to hear scarce records in a thoughtful, beautiful and relaxaing presentation.
With top-notch equipment and a unique collection of carefully curated jazz 78s, Hot Club delivers the special presence of classic jazz records played live. Its mission is to, as stated by legendary jazz DJ Phil Schaap, “bring people in touch with classic jazz recordings.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Hot Club do?
Hot Club curates a set of elegant, classic 78rpm jazz recordings for any type of venue from night clubs, to bars, to hotel lobbies, and occasions including weddings, birthdays and more. We curate sets from any theme or era from the 1920s-50s that can last any length of time.
What is a 78, and how can they sound so good?
78rpm records are the earlier form of phonograph discs, predating the now more common 33 1/3rpm LPs and 45rpm singles by over half a century. Because 78s were the dominant form of records from the 1890s to the 1950s, most of the rich early heritage of jazz is on these records. With the right equipment, a 78 sounds sublime, getting you as close to the original, full bodied presence as possible.
What does the Hot Club bring?
We are fully portable without compromising quality. Aside from curating from a world class collection of thousands of rare 78s, Hot Club offers a one-of-a-kind sound system that makes the music sound distinctly alive. Our gear includes two turntables, preamps with 78s EQs, restored tube amplifiers, and top-notch speakers. Hearing a 78 on this system is a refined and wholly unique listening experience.
What are the Hot Club’s rates?
Our rate depends on the occasion, location, and particulars of your event or venue. We are flexible and want to work with you. Please email us to set up a quote: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can the Hot Club be set up?
Hot Club is fully portable! Email email@example.com to see if your concept is feasible. We’ll bet it is
A sample of records spun at the Hot Club.
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band — “Jazzin’ Babies’ Blues” (1923)
Miles Davis and his Orchestra — “Budo” (1949)
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five — “Sugar Foot Strut” (1928)
Billie Holiday and her Orchestra — “No Regrets” (1936)
Charlie Parker All Stars — “Cheers” (1947)
Chick Webb and his Orchestra — “When Dreams Come True” (1934)
Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang — “At the Jazz Band Ball” (1927)
Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra — “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941)
Count Basie and his Orchestra — “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” (1938)
Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra — “Body and Soul” (1939)
Dizzy Gillespie — “Groovin’ High” (1945)
Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers — “Doctor Jazz” (1926)
Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra — “Mood Indigo” (1930)
Bennie Moten and his Kansas City Orchestra — “Prince of Wales” (1932)
Benny Goodman and his Sextet — “Air Mail Special” (1941)
Chu Berry and his ‘Little Jazz’ Ensemble — “Stardust” (1938)