I wanted to start a blog for a few reasons. I thought that it would be helpful to have have a centralized place to post my CD and concert reviews, interviews, transcriptions, lessons, etc. Some of the material here was was published previously in places like Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. Sort of a clearinghouse, if you will for my ever-growing pile of material. [I may throw in an occasional gig story from time to time].
My name is Barry Wahrhaftig, [War-hof-tig], I’m the lead guitarist & founder of the Hot Club of Philadelphia. I have studied with players like Stephane Wrembel, Fapy Lafertin & Howard Alden. My goal here is to try to make the path clearer for students of Gypsy Jazz Guitar, especially newbies and mid-level players. I’d also like to help to promote my friends who have dedicated themselves to playing Gypsy Jazz Guitar, Stochelo Rosenberg, Dorado & Tchavolo Schmitt, and also some non-guitarists, accordion virtuosos like Ludovic Beier, Dallas Vietty. The members of the Hot Club of Philadelphia are; Jim Stager-Bass, Joe Ellis-and Alex Siniavski usually play 2nd guitar, Rich Yescalis is also in the rotation. Our violinists are; Mark Campiglia and Joe Arnold, and also Bill Nixon from time to time. Phyllis Chapell is our featured female vocalist. We have also recorded and performed with Denise King and clarinetist Bob Butryn. The band works as a quartet most often, with a guest like Phyllis, but we have added drums, trumpet, clarinet, etc. for events and shows as needed. You can get booking info and hear the band, see videos and order our CD at www.HotClubPhilly.com Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be helping to run the Djangology.net site. http://www.djangology.net/ Stop by there when you can. And, please sign up for my newsletter here, and leave a comment, if the spirit moves ya’! [BTW, the picture of the band at the top of the page was taken by Kris Slinger].