Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8 pm; Performance at 9 pm
Tickets are $15
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Led by guitarist Paul Mehling, the Ivory Club Boys – an offshoot of the Hot Club of San Francisco – revive legendary jazz fiddler Stuff Smith’s style and tunes. Mehling is joined by singer/guitarist Isabelle Fontaine, Clint Baker or Marc Carapone on cornet, violinist Evan Price, and string bassist Sam Rocha. Shamelessly stealing from Stuff Smith’s Onyx Club Boys, the Ivory Club Boys provide a joyous, freewheeling romp through some great old tunes like you’ve never heard them before, designed to keep the dance floor full. Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff” Smith (1909-1967), by the way, was inspired by Louis Armstrong to play jazz. He tore it up in the ’30s with such hit records as “I’se a Muggin’” and “If You’re a Viper,” was the first violinist to electrify, and later recorded with Nat “King” Cole. That style and spirit is kept alive by the Ivory Club Boys.