Hot Club De Ville at Leonardo’s 706
I had initially seen Hot Club De Ville at the Thornebrook Arts Festival a couple of years ago and they were just awesome. Ever since, I have been trying to get to Leonardo’s 706 to enjoy them playing the Gypsy Swing they do so well. Hot Club De Ville are: Marty Liquori and Eric Diamond on guitar, Dave Forbes on upright bass and Geoff Perry on violin.
The band mostly plays the music of Django Reinhardt. The audience was treated to several classics including “Nuages” and “Minor Swing”. In the later sets the band shared their versions of “Misty” and “Crazy”. Ensemble playing is almost a lost art form today, with few artists doing it well, if at all. The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Vaughn and Asleep At The Wheel are among those few. Hot Club De Ville absolutely shined. They were true to the Gypsy Swing form and had fun with it. As a band they were loose enough to let the music breathe and tight enough to play it well.
For more information on Hot Club De Ville:
To get on their mailing list contact: Marty Liquori at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Marty’s website (he is an amazing individual): runjazz.com
A word about Leonardo’s 706. The best part of enjoying music here is that it is an experience. The atmosphere is relaxing, laid back and unpretentious. They offer an extensive and varied menu, and the prices are quite reasonable. My wife and I enjoyed crab cakes as an appetizer. For our main meal we had grouper over potatoes and chicken stuffed with ricotta cheese over angel hair pasta. Both were delicious and the portions were very generous. They do offer a variety of deserts, coffees and of course, a fully stocked bar. Our server was Marianna and she was a delight: smart, personable, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. I have to say that it was a slice of heaven to enjoy the music and a delicious meal in this setting. Just wonderful.
Leonardo’s 706: Reservations are suggested.
706 W University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601-5157
(Originally Posted Thursday, October 14, 2010)