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6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival

February 26, 2021 February 27, 2021

The Floyd Country Store & The Handmade Music School, in collaboration with our friends at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival, a virtual music event on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2021. Beaming to you from Baltimore, the Charm City Django Jazz Fest returns with a tuned-in lineup from around the globe celebrating the music and legacy Django Reinhardt.

Purchase Tickets

  • Full Festival Pass (both concerts and access to all workshops): $100
  • Friday Concert at 7:30PM EST: $30
  • Saturday Workshops from 11:00AM-6:30PM EST: $35 per workshop
  • Saturday Concert at 7:30PM EST: $25

A portion of your ticket goes to support the work and mission of The Floyd Country Store & The Handmade Music School.

6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival

About your virtual access: Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with your virtual access. THIS IS YOUR TICKET. Scroll down until you see a blue box, or boxes. Each blue box will give you access to an event. Concerts will be available for re-viewing for up to a month from the day of event.

Questions? Please email josh@creativealliance.org.

Friday Night Schedule

An unparalleled lineup of the top Django jazz artists in the world have recorded new sets of music for this special kickoff concert. Hosted by Django Jazz Fest Artistic Director, Michael Joseph Harris, this concert features musicians recorded in France, Belgium, Netherlands, England, and America.

  • Jimmy Grant, Tommy Davy, Luanne Homzy (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Miklos Lakatos Gypsy Orchestra(Budapest, Hungary)
  • London Django Collective (London, England)
  • Mogeli and Justin Geisler Trio (Netherlands)
  • Tcha Limberger and Les Violons de Bruxelle (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Adrien Moignard Trio w/Mathieu Chatelain Jérémie Arranger (Paris, France)

Saturday Workshop Schedule

We host a series of Zoom-based workshops on guitar, violin and mandolin that will appeal to various skill levels. You can join for one, a few, or a full day of licks and learning..

  • 11:00AM: Jason Anick Jazz. Jazz violin techniques for the intermediate to advanced player.
  • 12:00PM: Guitarists Russell Welch & Molly Reeves. New Orleans style Gypsy Jazz for lead and rhythm guitar. Intermediate but all levels can benefit.
  • 1:00PM: Evan Price from Hot Club of San Francisco. Violin in the style of Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Eddie South and Stuff Smith including signature phrasing and solo ideas. Intermediate to advanced.  All levels would benefit even just as an introduction to jazz for beginners by observing.
  • 2:00PM: Mandolinist Isaac Eicher. Swing techniques on mandolin. Jazz techniques from chords to solo ideas and melodic phrases. All levels. Basic knowledge of Mandolin chords and scales recommended.
  • 3:00PM: Guitarists Jimmy Grant & Tommy Davy. Traditional Hungarian music on guitar.  Intermediate to advanced skill level is best but all levels would benefit.
  • 4:00PM: Guitarist Christine Tassan. ​An introduction to Gypsy Jazz. All levels.
  • 5:30PM: Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz: History and Practice with Siv Lie (Registration for this virtual lecture is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Maryland Traditions program of the Maryland State Arts Council)

Saturday Night Schedule

Broadcast live from the Creative Alliance Theater and filmed in incredible HD with four cameras, features nine of Baltimore’s finest swing musicians. They celebrate “Django & His American Friends”, the recordings made by Django between 1935 and 1938 which found Django Reinhardt collaborating with such heavy-hitters as Coleman Hawkins and Eddie South.

Our night will be a homage to Volume 1 & 2 of Django and His American Friends LPs which included thirty-two selections recorded between March 2, 1935 and April 5, 1938 featuring Reinhardt and several of Europe’s best jazz players in collaboration with tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, reedman Frank “Big Boy” Goudie, multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter, trumpeter Bill Coleman, trombonist Dicky Wells, cornetist Rex Stewart, clarinetist Barney Bigard, violinist Eddie South, and pianist Garnet Clark. In addition, expect set of of traditional Gypsy waltzes composed by Django Reinhard, Tchan Tchou Vidal, Fapy Lafertin, and the Ferré Brothers along with Valse Musette pieces by Gus Viseur, Tony Murena, and Jo Privat.

Personnel

  • Greg Boyer – trombone
  • Alex Norris – trumpet
  • Grant Langford – sax
  • Michael Joseph Harris – guitar
  • Mike Kuhl – drums
  • Todd Simon – piano
  • Blake Meister – bass
  • Kris Belgica – rhythm guitar
  • Max Jacobs – violin

Videos for the Friday Night Artists


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