Hot jazz is hot these days, and several Reading-area kindred musical spirits are seizing the moment.

hot club around fire
photo by Fadi Acra

Guitarist Josh Taylor has teamed with his son Josiah on guiatar, bassist Trey LaRue, Chris Heslop on sax, clarinet, and washboard, and jack-of-all-trades Ken Gehret to form a new ensemble called Hot Club of Reading.
The group borrows from the repertoires of the members’ other projects – Taylor’s Djangoholics Anonymous (gypsy jazz) and Heslop’s Hesse’s Hot 3 (Dixieland) – with Gehret’s violin and accordion adding a new dimension.

They also compose their own tunes which are performed in the spirit of the rhythmic early jazz.