he Hot Club of Asheville, led by guitarist Steve Karla, is a collective of Asheville’s finest professional musicians, coming together with a shared love of Gypsy Jazz music. The Club started in 2017, and has been performing weekly shows at various Asheville venues, jazz showcases, and private events since. The band honors the traditional Gypsy Swing in the styles of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli from the 1930-50’s, while infusing the tradition with more modern qualities of jazz expression. The Hot Club of Asheville is unique as an instrumental band, holding the audience’s attention with classy melodic lines, vibrant improvisations and spirited rhythms. Perfect for an event that may require distinguished yet lively music, the band can function as both background music or the main act. The Core band performs as a quartet of two guitars, violin, and upright bass, and has the ability to play as a trio or add players to suit specific events and the desired sound.