Deanna Knight & The Hot Club Of Mars
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Travel back in time to a Parisian Cabaret in the 1930’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-swing ensembles. Chanteuse, Deanna Knight shares sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos of Michael Dunn and his merry musicians. Enjoy a fun-filled repertoire including original compositions, tango, bossa, boogie, Hawaiian and more. Gypsy Jazz from traditional to the unusual will unfold in an evening cabaret kicking off with swing dance lessons and featuring the adorable 70 yr old swing dance duo Gloria & Harold, burlesque darling Miss Lydia DeCarllo and magician Travis Bernhardt.
Deanna Knight landed the job as chanteuse with the Hot Club Of Mars by telling guitarist/band-leader/famed luthier Michael Dunn that she had
made a CD of my own material, sung jazz standards with a big band, run my own singing telegram service, oh, and attended 54 Grateful Dead concerts. Michael said:
you're hired. Let's play some tunes! The Hotties, as they are affectionately known, like to think of themselves as extraterrestrial musical raiders. They boast a triple threat on gypsy guitars: Michael Dunn, Steve "Bugsy" Szabo and Don Kellett, with bassist Charlie Knowles, violinist Tom Neville and sax / flute / harmonica wizard Mark Dowding completing the line-up. Last year they launched their new CD, Kiss Of Fire, at the opening concert / cabaret. The new CD includes two scorching hot tunes penned by Don Kellet, and some sultry Brazilian rhythms, too. Tom Neville - who joined the band after they released their debut CD Gypsy Fire - really excels on the new tunes with some inspired solos. And Deanna Knight's voice soars and weaves its magic around classics like "Lover Come Back To Me," "J'attendrai," and the sensuous tango rhythm of the title track.
The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret will begin the evening with their 30's style choreography. They will also provide free swing dance lessons at the start of the evening. Come at 7:15pm for a free dance class with Kat & Aaron to learn some moves.