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, Sep 18, 2018
  • 9:15pm-11:30pm

    w/ Nirav's Pacific Six @ the Woodchopper's Ball, SF

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm

    w/ the Alcatraz Islanders @ Off the Grid - Presidio Twilight, SF

Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Solo Guitar @ 20th Century Cafe, SF

  • 6:30pm-9:30pm

    w/ Sean Krazit @ Sliver Pizzeria, Berkeley

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm

    w/ Marty Eggers Duo @ Town and Country Village, Palo Alto

  • 6:00pm-8:00pm

    w/ Nirav and Friends @ Bissap Baobab, SF (bass)

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm

    w/ the Cottontails @ Salesforce Plaza, SF

Friday, Sep 28, 2018
  • 8:00pm-11:00pm

    w/ Silver Bell Jazz Band @ Cafe Claude, SF

Saturday, Sep 29, 2018
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Solo Guitar @ Castro Art Walk, Jane Warner Plaza, SF

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm

    w/ the Alcatraz Islanders @ Club Deluxe, SF