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FOR THE RECORD: THE HOT CLUB of NEW YORK IS RETURNING IN PERSON TO CAFE BOHEMIA (15 BARROW STREET, NEW YORK CITY), MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2023 (7-10 PM) and EVERY MONDAY!

You might hear this music . . . .

It’s all because of this devoted young person, Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera, who makes ideas become reality. And let us say immediately that the Hot Club of New York is a welcoming place — intent on sharing the music the way it was first heard, on actual 78 rpm records. You don’t have to be a jazz scholar or aficionado (there are always blues and calypso records as well) because there is no final examination. Admission is free; there will be food and drink “for purchase” (as the airlines say) and it will congenial, live, and swinging.

These sessions began in October 2019 and continued until March 2020, when some molecules interfered with our fun. I’m delighted to see them come back, not only for the music but for the community the music engenders. I hope you can join us: new friends and old ones gathered for shared joy.

At the end of 2022, I went to Matthew’s Brooklyn burrow to gather his thoughts and music on the lovely Hot Club phenomenon:

Matthew has the righteous passion but he always lets the records speak for themselves, and they do, gloriously.

And because the Law is always ready to make its presence known, I did this brief legal notice — for the record, as you might say:

See you there! It’s a brief walk from the Christopher Street stop on the #1.

May your happiness increase!