Northwest of New Orleans

A monthly jazz variety show

Northwest of New Orleans

Hot Club of Spokane, Ben Klein, Olivia Brownlee

Tue · March 13, 2018

7:30 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

Northwest of New Orleans
Northwest of New Orleans
A monthly jazz showcase/variety show hosted by Hot Club of Spokane
Hot Club of Spokane
Hot Club of Spokane
Hot Club of Spokane is an organization of local musicians committed to the preservation of jazz, swing, and blues, named for the famous Hot Club of France from the 1930s. Although the Quintet of the Hot Club of France is synonymous with the music of Django Reinhardt and what today has become known as “jazz manouche,” the original Hot Club was in fact an actual club or organization - not a band - begun by college students to support the preservation of jazz in the wake of the Great Depression. Hot Club of Spokane adopted a similar mission, and since its founding in 2007, the group now employs 20 musicians organized in five to eight piece ensembles that perform in and around the Inland Northwest.

Hot Club of Spokane’s most notable preservation projects have included an annual festival that brought New Orleans musicians to Spokane in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (2006-2009), and a “live music, documentary film experience” that tells of the rise from small-town childhood to national fame for Spokane’s own jazz royalty, Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker. To reach younger audiences, Hot Club of Spokane has now developed a repertoire of electro-swing sets - that’s hot jazz and swing music set to hip hop and house beats.

Hot Club of Spokane has opened for The Stolen Sweets, The Portland Cello Project, Casey MacGill, The Shanghai Woolies, and The Hot Club of Cowtown, with additional collaborative appearances with Howard Crosby (Bing’s nephew), Hot Club of New Orleans, Matt Munisteri, Andreas Oberg, and Washboard Chaz Leary. Members of Hot Club of Spokane also briefly appear in the Rezolution Pictures documentary, “Rumble: Indians That Rocked The World” which tells the story of Native American contributions to American music. The film was screened at Sundance in January 2017 and will soon be available on PBS.
Ben Klein
Ben Klein
Benjamin "Lee" Klein was born on January 3, 1981, in the same week as Elvis, only 46 years later. Growing up as the only child of musical parents, he has been singing, dancing and acting all of his life. Through the years, he also learned to play drums, bass guitar, piano and acoustic guitar.

In 2002, he bought a '50's Elvis CD for his Dad, Randy, who was an Elvis tribute artist before Ben was born. Then realizing his own resemblance to the young Elvis, he borrowed the CD, found movies and videos, and decided to listen, watch, study and practice. Ben has the looks, the voice, the moves and more! He sincerely feels that if Elvis could say one thing to him it would be to perform his music, especially Gospel, with as much passion as he can. His desire is to do just that, while being as authentic as possible, and honoring God.

In Memphis, on August 12, 2011, Ben won the first runner up in the Ultimate Elvis contest sponsored by Legends in Concert and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Ben has won countless other awards for his work dedicated to remembering Elvis.

Ben is also an accomplished jazz vocalist, often performing with the MasterClass Big Band in Spokane.
Olivia Brownlee
Olivia Brownlee
Taking her cues from the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Dr Teeth & the Electric Mayhem, and The Sons of the Pioneers, Brownlee smacks of timeless, quality taste and a heckuva good time for a broad audience. Her original songs are folksy, cheeky, and thought-provoking—her stories are insightful—her charm is undeniable. Whether by house concert or recording, bringing this modern-day bard into your home will not disappoint.

In 2013 Olivia began working on a communications course she calls “Music as a Second Language” and hopes its continued development will be the answer to her interest in cross-cultural collaboration.
Venue Information:
The Bartlett
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201
http://thebartlettspokane.com/