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Gypsy jazz on Clayton Center menu

The Hot Club of San Francisco will perform Feb. 14 in Clayton.
The Hot Club of San Francisco will perform Feb. 14 in Clayton. THE CLAYTON CENTER

The Hot Club of San Francisco, featuring French vocalist Isabelle Fontaine, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Meet Me in Paris” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton.

The Hot Club performs love songs and driving gypsy jazz – a combination made famous during the 1920s and 1930s in Paris by the Hot Club de France, a quintet founded by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappellia.

Founded by guitarist Paul Mehling, The Hot Club of San Francisco has released a number of albums, including “Lady in Red” in 1999, “Swing This” in 2003 and “Postcards from Gypsyland” in 2005, The recordings include tangos, waltzes and Mehling originals.

Individual tickets are $25, or four for $80. As a bonus, concert goers will receive up to $24 off at Clayton Steakhouse with a reservation for four. Dinner reservations are available from 5 to 6:15 pm. (The dining discount is valued at $6 per meal.)

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, online at or from The Clayton Center box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Other shows on The Clayton Center’s 2014 spring schedule include The Celtic Tenors on Saturday, March 15, and comedian James Gregory on Friday, April 11. A special family performance, “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.