‘Transforming pop masterpieces into sweet, harmonious jazz renditions – Showcasing the complexity of the genre, presented effortlessly’
‘Whoa, that is really different! I love when people reinvent songs’
Jane Weidlin
‘…can make people dance, love and laugh : and that’s all we need!!’
What’s Up Thérèse
‘OMG! What the F@^K is this???? This is sooooooo awesome!!!! I think I fell in love.’
Theocide Records
‘You’ve never heard Bohemian Rhapsody like this!’
Debbie Burke


Hot Pants de France – a Gypsy Jazz/Swing “Supergroup” – uniquely interpreting hits from the ’80s and ’90s. Hot Pants de France incorporates modern influences while staying true to the ground-breaking style created by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in Quintette du Hot Club de France – one of the first all-string jazz bands.

Assembling some of the hottest talent from around the world, top-level touring/session guitarist (Maynard Ferguson, NKOTB, Kenny Loggins) and Emmy nominated film/tv composer Sam Kaufmann formed the Gypsy Jazz and Swing “Supergroup” – Hot Pants de France. Sam has liberated himself from the Hot Jazz canon and presents his own uninhibited, modern style that has matured over the time with Hot Pants de France and highlights what is still to come. Well received by both listeners and the press, the vision was to bring a fresh, contemporary feel to hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s by arranging them in the style of jazz great Django Reinhardt. The intention was not to simply recapitulate the music, but to interpret it with a uniqueness, incorporating modern influences, while remaining true to the innovative style created by Django and Stéphane Grappelli in Quintette du Hot Club de France, one of the first all-string jazz bands. The dichotomy between musical styles of the ’40s and the ’90s is bridged by vocalist Lisa Rittner, elegantly bringing the music into the sound of “today”. Lisa honed her chops for a decade on the Queen Mary and band Sound F/X. In addition to her voice, she gracefully adds her Saxophone prowess to Hot Pants’ samba-esque version of “Black Hole Sun”. Harkening back to the establishing sound of OG – Stéphane Grappelli, Jane Young (2nd Place International Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Swiss Dream Circus, NBC, Nova/PBS) constructed excellent counterpoint to Sam’s guitar lines. The two play off each other like a conversation between old friends. Jane’s parts are performed live by violin extraordinaire Andrea Reynolds who, not unlike Stéphane, lends her talents to ground-breaking experimental musical groups. Finally, touring/session bassist Jack O’Roonie (Andre Williams, Danny B Harvey, Wanda Jackson and Labella Strings endorsee) outlines the harmony while controlling the dynamics and pace of the band with his fantastical yet proficient bass lines. Years of experience and effortless interaction are clear – noteworthy on the recordings as well as on stage. Standing on the works by Django Reinhardt, it is this unique mix of pop, jazz, americana and inventive compositions that makes the unmistakable sound of the group.


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