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Please kickstart Hot Club of Spokane's debut CD project, dedicated to the preservation of Spokane's rich music heritage.
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Can you name a Bing Crosby tune that's not a Christmas song? How about a Mildred Bailey tune? Or Al Rinker? All three of these outstanding performers called Spokane home. Yet, when members of Hot Club of Spokane interviewed random people in the Spokane community, most could not muster an answer. (Watch the video for some comical responses!)

Hot Club of Spokane is an organization of musicians in Spokane, Washington dedicated to the preservation of jazz, swing, and blues. Founding members met for the first time not one mile from the Mission Swimming Pool, where almost a century earlier, Al Rinker recruited a happy-go-lucky character named "Bing" to play drums in his band called The Musicaladers.

Hot Club of Spokane on stage at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA with special guests Hot Club of New Orleans and Andreas Oberg. (October 2008)
Hot Club of Spokane on stage at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA with special guests Hot Club of New Orleans and Andreas Oberg. (October 2008)

If not for Al Rinker, Bing may not have made it to Los Angeles and the career that waited for him. Al's sister, Mildred Bailey, had been corresponding with both, encouraging them to come find work with her in the booming music industry of the 1920s. Al and Bing left Spokane in 1925 in a $40 jalopy, but Bing slept-in the morning they were to leave. Al had to wake him up, and pull Bing's sleepy "happy-go-lucky" self down the stairs and out the door to meet his destiny.

In a few years, Al and Bing were two parts of the Rhythm Boys (along with Harry Barris), the singing trio and featured act of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Mildred followed soon after, becoming the first woman to front a national touring dance band, paving the way for others like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

Hot Club of Spokane invites you to kickstart their debut CD project, which will feature over a dozen songs from the repertoires of Spokane's jazz royalty.

Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, and Mildred Bailey
Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, and Mildred Bailey

Tiered Kickstarter packages also include tickets to the CD release party at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, WA on May 2nd at 1pm. This is the same theater where Al Rinker and Bing Crosby played show-stopping tunes for Spokane audiences at intermission and between movies. First known as the Clemmer, "The Bing" celebrates 100 years in 2015.

Additionally, all packages include free downloads of five Christmas tunes just recorded by Hot Club of Spokane, including the Bing Crosby classic -- yes, you guessed it! -- "White Christmas." These tunes will be available for download immediately, and in time for this Christmas season! Downloads available from SoundCloud: 

On behalf of everyone in the Inland Northwest, and the generations of musicians and music-lovers to come, please help kickstart this important project to preserve and extend Spokane's incredible music heritage.

Risks and challenges

CD recording projects carry risks associated with the recording process and the production of CDs. But, Hot Club of Spokane's crew is loaded with professional musicians from local organizations like the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and local music department faculty at Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and Eastern Washington University. While this is a debut project for our group, most of us have recorded and produced professional recording projects before.

Additionally, bandleader and rhythm guitarist, Garrin Hertel, is the publisher of Nostalgia Magazine, a local history and memories magazine. He's a skilled project manager and very familiar with deadlines.

In short, we're built well to succeed with this project. We're ready to produce a quality project that our friends, family, and city will be proud to share.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

    - Download an early release of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD project in April of 2015 (estimated) ahead of our CD Release.

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    CD PACKAGE

    - Receive a physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    CD and CONCERT PACKAGE

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive TWO tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    RHYTHM BOYS Bonus Tracks Package

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive two BONUS songs via digital download that will NOT be released on the CD. These tunes will be chosen from the catalog of tunes recorded by The Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, and Harry Barris).

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    MILDRED BAILEY Bonus Tracks Package

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive two BONUS songs via digital download that will NOT be released on the CD. These tunes will be chosen from the catalog of tunes recorded by Mildred Bailey.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    BING CROSBY Bonus Tracks Package

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive two BONUS songs via digital download that will NOT be released on the CD. These tunes will be chosen from the catalog of tunes recorded by Bing Crosby.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    DOUBLE CD and CONCERT PACKAGE (Perfect for a double date)

    - Receive TWO physical copies of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive FOUR tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    CD and PREMIUM CONCERT PACKAGE

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive TWO ***FRONT ROW or FRONT ROW BALCONY*** tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

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    FIVE CD PACKAGE

    - Receive five physical copies of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al rinker.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    BING, MILDRED, and RHYTHM BOYS Bonus Tracks Package

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive all SIX BONUS songs via digital download that will NOT be released on the CD. These tunes will be chosen from the catalog of tunes recorded by Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and The Rhythm Boys.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    DOUBLE CD and PREMIUM CONCERT PACKAGE (Perfect for a double date)

    - Receive TWO physical copies of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive FOUR ***FRONT ROW or FRONT ROW BALCONY*** tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    CD, PREMIUM CONCERT, and AFTER PARTY PACKAGE

    - Receive one physical copy of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive TWO ***FRONT ROW or FRONT ROW BALCONY*** tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Receive two tickets to the Hot Club of Spokane after party. Meet the band. Enjoy appetizers and beverages. Enjoy some acoustic renditions of songs from the CD.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    DOUBLE CD, PREMIUM CONCERT, and AFTER PARTY PACKAGE (Perfect for a double date)

    - Receive two physical copies of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive FOUR ***FRONT ROW or FRONT ROW BALCONY*** tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Receive four tickets to the Hot Club of Spokane after party. Meet the band. Enjoy appetizers and beverages. Enjoy some acoustic renditions of songs from the CD.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    DOUBLE CD, PREMIUM CONCERT, and AFTER PARTY PACKAGE (Perfect for a double date)

    - Receive two physical copies of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive FOUR ***FRONT ROW or FRONT ROW BALCONY*** tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Receive four tickets to the Hot Club of Spokane after party. Meet the band. Enjoy appetizers and beverages. Enjoy some acoustic renditions of songs from the CD.

    - Receive all EIGHT BONUS songs not available on the regular CD.

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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    PICK A SONG!

    PICK ONE OF THE SONGS that we'll record. You must choose from the non-seasonal repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, or Al Rinker. We'll even credit you in the liner notes!

    - Receive two physical copies of the Hot Club of Spokane Debut CD featuring over a dozen songs celebrating Spokane's music heritage, with selections from the repertoires of Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker.

    - Receive FOUR ***BOX SEAT*** tickets to the CD Release Concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. The theater celebrates 100 years in 2015, and our May CD Release concert will also be close to Bing Crosby's birthday! It's a perfect time to celebrate Spokane music heritage!

    - Download five Hot Club of Spokane Christmas recordings NOW.

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