In 2017 Damien Chazelle chose the Caveau de la Huchette to symbolise the emblematic dream jazz club in his award winning film “La La Land”. A club where the music is vibrant, where dancers swing along with live musicians, and where jazz fans from all over the world come to soak up the intoxicating atmosphere.
Chazelle’s dream club is however a reality…
In the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris, the Caveau de la Huchette is real and swinging 7 nights a week. It is the oldest running jazz club in Paris, and one of the rare venues where one can dance to live jazz.
To celebrate their 70th birthday in 2017, they released a triple album Anthologie of the Caveau de la Huchette. Owner and renowned vibraphonist Dany Doriz, also put together a top notch selection of the club’s regularly playing musicians to perform a “Tribute to La La Land”. As well as the film’s feature songs “Another Day of Sun” and “City of Stars”, the show tributes numerous facets of swing jazz: blues, boogie-woogie, swing, tap dancing and not forgetting the crooners. Tributes include Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and an spectacular drum duet.
Performing artists include Dany Doriz (vibraphone), Ronald Baker (vocals and trumpet), Wendy Lee Taylor (vocals and tap), Jumpin’ Jeff Hoffman (guitar and vocals), Philippe Petit (Hammond organ and piano), Pascal Thouvenin (tenor saxophone), Boris Blanchet (tenor saxophone), Didier Dorise (drums), Jean-Philippe O’Neil (drums).
Guest artists include may include Tony Sola (tenor saxophone), Nicholas Grymonprez (trombone), , Olivier Defays (tenor saxophone), Sax Gordon (vocals and tenor sax) and when the occasion permits, the Dany Doris Big Band.
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