Hot Djang! is an acoustic jazz quartet featuring violin, acoustic guitars and upright bass. Their inspiration comes from the style of jazz made popular in Paris during the 1930s known as “Gypsy Jazz.” In addition, they play jazz and swing standards from the American Songbook.
Reed Simon (violin) has worked with many of Cleveland’s top jazz musicians and national artists including guitarist Tony Mattolla, vibraphonist Gary Burton and as a special guest on a Duke Ellington program at Severance Hall.
Kevin Richards (guitar) is highly regarded in the local roots music scene and has shared stages with Mac Martin, John Hammond, Jorma Kaukonen, Howard Armstrong, and local blues legend Robert Lockwood Jr.
Brad Smedley (guitar) is the heartbeat of the band. He has studied under several of the best jazz guitarists of this genre including Frank Vignola, Gonzolo Begara, and Robin Nolan.
Bryan Thomas (contrabass) has numerous performance credits including Terry Gibbs, Junior Mance, Vic Damone, Russell Malone and locally with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and Ernie Krivda.
Join us for a very special swingin’ evening at Northeast Ohio’s modern day speakeasy as we bring the sounds of 1930’s France to BLU in the return of Hot Djang! – get your tickets today!
|BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)|
|Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.|