Marquette, Mich.--The Beaumier Coffee House Series continues on Saturday, Nov. 2, with a performance by Steve Jones and the Garden City Hot Club. This Houghton-based group will perform at 7 p.m. in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
The Garden City Hot Club is a swinging trio of two jazz guitars plus bass, built around the lead guitar and easygoing vocals of Steve Jones. He and second lead/rhythm guitarist Bob Hiltunen are still in their 30s, but they have close to 50 years of combined guitar experience. Using the “Gypsy Swing” of Django Reinhardt as their base, the GCHC bring their intensity and joyful approach to original compositions, old jazz standards, modern Roma-influenced music, swing-based novelty songs, blues and anything else that sounds good.
While living on the East Coast, Jones jammed with the likes of Dorado Schmitt, Angelo DeBarre, Tchavalo Schmitt and the Ferré Brothers. He also had an extended engagement with Dan Levinson and the Djangophiles in New York City. Now living back on the “North Coast” of Upper Michigan, Jones leads the GCHC in performances that engage audiences and get the dancers in the crowd on their feet.