About

"The Best In The West"

Est. 2011

Hot House West is the premier Gypsy jazz band in the American West. Established in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hot House West creates a unique flavor of hot jazz, drawing inspiration from Gypsy jazz greats, such as Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappeli, Tcha Limberger, Biréli Lagrène, and Gonzalo Bergara, and the American masters of swing, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Count Basie.



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Kevin Schultz (bass), Jesse Maw (violin), James Martak (guitar), and Nathan Royal (guitar)

“Dazzling technique is great of, course, but only becomes magical and significant when presented with lyricism, intelligence, emotion and passion. Hot House West’s music does that for me, taking me somewhere new, with my soul along for the ride.”
—Jeff Whiteley
Excellence In The Community

Hot House West began in 2011 as a small combo in the University of Utah Jazz program. The band was formed by Nathan Royal (guitar), James Martak (guitar), and Kevin Schultz (upright bass), who were inspired by a performance by Frank Vignola, a contemporary Gypsy jazz guitarist. With instruments in hand, and a passion for the music first championed by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappeli, Nathan, James, and Kevin took the first steps of what would become a truly unique musical adventure.


An adaptive and adventurous ensemble, Hot House West has performed throughout the United States and Europe. The band’s dynamic performances, characterized by explosive guitar playing, the rich wail of horns, and a little big band punch, have been enjoyed at DjangoVegas, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Greeley Jazz Festival, Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. Whether as a trio, quartet, or seven-piece ensemble, Hot House West creates a vibrant tapestry of sound, featuring the sophistication of bebop, a deep, propulsive swing, and an improvisational spirit that honors the lineage of both Gypsy and American jazz.


“Hot House West is an exceptionally creative collective, taking Gypsy jazz traditions and continually expanding them in fresh, exciting, and surprising ways. There are few modern jazz groups able to make music that is both readily accessible and deeply sophisticated; Hot House West has built a home at that rarest of intersections.”
—Russell Schmidt
East Valley Jazz Collective