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Hot Club Sandwich

Hot Club Sandwich announces the release of "Green Room" at MOJO Rising Workshop Event Studio in Ashland on Thursday, March 29.

Seattle-based Hot Club Sandwich is an adventurous band of mostly young players who capture the spirit of hot jazz bands from the early 20th Century with particular reverence for the work of Django Reinhardt Stephane Grappelli's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Green Room expands beyond the typical Gypsy jazz repertoire to include original compositions, influences from Latin America, and tunes from composers Oscar Aleman, Raymond Scott and Slim and Slam.

A Northwest guitar legend since 1951, Ray Wood makes his debut recording with the group on Green Room. At age 17, Ray auditioned to tour USO halls in the Far East, working primarily with popular country and rock artists for most of the 1960s. On Green Room, he contributes "Yogiri No Shinobai" also known as "La Playa" by the French composer Claude Ciari. In 1961, during a layover in a Tokyo airport, Wood plugged yen coins into a jukebox until he learned the popular tune. Forty-six years later, he found the group to play it with.

The founding members, Gypsy jazz guitarists Greg Ruby and Kevin Connor, violinist Tim Wetmiller, mandolinist Matt Sircely and bassist James Schneider are some of the most adventurous young improvisors in the region. Combining the driving rhythmic pulse of rhythm guitar, mandolin, violin with Wood's warm archtop sound and upright bass, HCS improvises adventurously, always keeping a light-hearted sense of humor. Each band member contributes ideas, material and compositions.

MOJO Rising Workshop Event Studio is located at 140 Lithia Way in downtown Ashland. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are available at the door ($12) or in advance ($10) at the Music Coop, 181 "A" Street, at Ashland's A Street Marketplace. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Dancing is encouraged; beer and wine service provided by Paschal Winery; chocolate tasting courtesy of Dagoba Chocolate.