Panique is a gypsy jazz band from San Francisco specializing in Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli‘s music of the ’30s and ’40s. Think of the backdrop to romantic Paris cafes, smoky underground jazz clubs, and Woody Allen flicks.

The group features Vic Wong on lead guitar, Benito Cortez on violin, and Nick Christie on rhythm guitar. Hailing from prestigious local acts like GauchoDan Hicks and the Hot Licks, they are experts in the struttin’ swing, passionate ballads, dazzling waltzes, and blazing bossas.

“Panique is a rare group, subtle and inventive… In their mix of standards and less-known material, they embody the great virtues of memorable swing improvisation: a speaking eloquence in their solos; delightful ensemble interplay; extraordinary subtlety in their dynamics, tempos, and shadings; and a real understanding of how deeply listeners need melodies.  Although the members of the group look youthful, they are mature improvisers with well-developed imaginations, ears, hearts, and wit.” —Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives


We would love to play your wedding, party, or event! Drop us a line at:

Email: info (AT) paniquejazz.com
Facebook: paniquejazz

Upcoming Performances

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018
  • 6:30pm-9:00pm

    w/ David Newman @ Cafe du Soleil, SF

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
  • 8:30pm-10:30pm

    w/ Panique @ Old Bus Tavern, SF

Friday, Jul 20, 2018
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm

    w/ Nick Rossi Swing 4 @ Club Deluxe, SF (bass)

Sunday, Jul 22, 2018
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm

    w/ Nirav's Pacific 6 @ Bissap Baobab, SF (bass)

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm

    w/ the Cottontails - People In Plazas noon concert @ 405 Howard St., SF

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018
  • 8:00pm-11:00pm

    w/ Ross Howe @ Cigar Bar, SF

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018
  • 8:30pm-10:30pm

    w/ Panique (feat. Jen Hodge!) @ Old Bus Tavern, SF