The Islanders Hot Club Le Hot Club des Insulaires
“ Known and loved for their classic French and Gypsy Swing music! ” - Saturday Night Jazz with Laila Biali, (CBC)
The Islanders Hot Club (Le Hot Club des Insulaires) has been entertaining fans since 2019 and has performed at many Francophone (and Anglophone!) events and concerts around Victoria and Vancouver Island. The group is co-led by double bassist Tim Croft and guitarist Nick Mintenko. The co-leaders also double on vocals (singing in English and en français!). These experienced players re-live the classic era of French and Gypsy Swing music. With modern arrangements and melodic grooves; this trio (sometimes quartet) of vagabonds keeps it swinging all night long.
"Soothing soft melodies and swinging French Chanson, these guys have it all!" - Alliance Française, Victoria
“Keeping arco bass alive and strong!” - Alex Pangman, Juno Nominee and Host of Swing Set (JazzFM91)
"Thank you for your wonderful musical performances. Le Hot Club des Insulaires gave this evening movement and warmth. - Dr. Hélène Cazes Head of UVic French Dept.
The group has just released their debut album: GREENHOUSE BLUES. The recording features West Coast gypsy jazz legends: Marc Atkinson and Daniel Lapp. Atkinson is also doubling as the album’s producer and sound engineer. The new album is quickly gaining traction and is getting regular play and special mention on programs such as: “Saturday Night Jazz” (CBC) and Swing Set (JazzFM91).