Pick of the Week: Hot Club of Detroit (2/15 and 2/16)

The Django Reinhardt-inspired Hot Club of Detroit returns to town for a two-night stand this Friday and Saturday at what is apparently one of their favorite haunts, Nighttown (they named their second album after the place, after all). Their most recent record, Junction (Mack Avenue Records, 2012) continued the group’s evolution away from a strict adherence to the Django-styled Hot Club (if they could be said to have ever engaged in such orthodoxy). The addition of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who also plays with the wild Mostly Other People Do the Killing outfit, might be most responsible for the current shift, supplying nice doses of avant-garde warbling over the driving acoustic guitars and droning accordion. French vocalist Cyrille Aimée, another Nighttown regular, also joined the band on three of the album’s tracks. But unfortunately, as she was just in town this past Saturday, I doubt she’ll be appearing with the band this time around (would’ve been nice to hear her and the band perform Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman,” with lyrics by Margo Guryan, as they do on Junction). Both shows start at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $20 (half off for students with ID).

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