Steve Jones & The Garden City Hot Club is a hot club/early swing style group from Michigan’s upper peninsula. The group was formed by Steve after moving back from the east coast in early 2011, and started as a guitar duo with UP native, and hot guitarist Bob Hiltunen. The two added Scott McIntosh on bass later that year, and recorded their first CD “Live at Root Notes.” Since forming the group, they have had many variations including St. Louis pianist, Dan Furhmann, John Peiffer on natural horn from the Kennedy Center Opera House, University of Miami Naples concert master Glenn Basham on violin, and many others.
The GCHC has performed twice at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Bridge Street Live in Collinsville CT, Cliff Bells in Detroit, Jazz Central Festival in Central MI, countless other festivals and venues across the Midwest and east coast, and other special events.
The Garden City Hot Club is joined this year at MWGSF by two former members of The Hot Club of Detroit, Carl Cafagna (sax) and Shannon Wade (bass). Steve and Carl met at Birdland in NYC when the two were there for the annual Django Reinhardt Festival held there. Carl, then with The Hot Club of Detroit and Steve, then with Dan Levinson & The Djangophiles performing in the Village. Since meeting, Carl and Shannon have performed with Steve and Bob a number of times in the Detroit Metro area. Together they gel like they have played their whole lives together, and swing out hard!