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

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018
  • 9:00pm-12:00am

    w/ the Alcatraz Islanders @ the Woodchopper's Ball, SF

Saturday, Jun 30, 2018
  • 10:30am-12:00pm

    w/ Project Pimento @ Fillmore Jazz Fest, SF

Wednesday, Jul 4, 2018
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm

    w/ the Alcatraz Islanders @ Club Deluxe, SF

Thursday, Jul 12, 2018
  • 8:00pm-12:00am

    w/ the Cottontails @ Local Edition

Friday, Jul 13, 2018
  • 8:00pm-11:00pm

    w/ Panique Trio @ Cafe Claude, SF

Saturday, Jul 14, 2018
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm

    w/ the Alcatraz Islanders (ukulele) @ Trader Vic's