Hot Club SRQ
is an acoustic string, swing Time Machine

Hot Club of Sarasota - "Reputably the most swinging, versatile and refined Gypsy Jazz ensemble in the South"... (Malcolm Chrupcala, 2016)

Hot Club of SRQ - We play Gypsy Jazz that is deeply rooted in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. This music simply swings and is full of beauty and romance! We emulate the style of what the French call "Jazz Manouche" and "Le Jazz Hot" in the style of Sinti virtuosos and the "Quintette du Hot Club de France."

The heart of this ensemble is the violin and vocals of Keven Aland, the guitar of Jon McLaughlin and bass playing of Glenn Stevenson. Their string jazz ensemble has been thoughtfully cultivated and crafted for over a decade. There is a genuine warmth and connection that is unique to this ensemble. This group can swing ferociously then suddenly hypnotize you with a beautiful ballad.

Beyond the genre of Gypsy Jazz, their vast repertoire includes Rumba Flamenco, Bossanova, Samba, Tango, BeBop, Modern Jazz, swing, Afro Cuban and the great American songbook. All members of HCSRQ have education backgrounds in Music Performance and have been commissioned to write, arrange and perform a variety of world music over the years including dances from Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, an Appalachian arrangement and a "Broadway" themed performance at the Straz Center in Tampa.

The Hot Club SRQ ensemble is available with additional horns, strings and may even include dancers to lively up your event. For a limited time, world renowned valve trombonist François de Lima is available to perform with HCSRQ.

Hot Club SRQ has the virtuosity, experience and artistry to help you create the perfect music and ambiance for your festival, wedding, private party, fundraiser, corporate, and fashion event. They are also proud supporters of marriage equality.

Clients we have had the honor of serving:

The Straz Center, Florida Studio Theatre, St. Petersburg College, The Palladium, Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Asolo Theater, The Met, Powel Crowsley Estate, Ted Talks Conference, Ringling Museum, USF, Stella Artois, Suncoast Porsche, Audi, Volvo, SRQ Magazine, Sotheby's International, Ritz Carlton, Marriot, Boca Grande Community Center, Hyatt, Melia Resorts International, Tampa-Sarasota-South County Jazz Club's, Venice-Sarasota-St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay Yacht Clubs, Ringling School of Art and Design, Terra Nichol Academy, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, The R.N.C and D.N.C., Longboat Key Club, Salvador Dali Museum, and the Manuel Artime Theater.