Charm City Django Jazz Fest

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 11:00am

Baltimore, MD 21201

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The 6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Fest returns with a tuned-in lineup from around the globe celebrating the music and legacy Django Reinhardt.


Saturday Afternoon: 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.

Saturday Night: 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.

Workshop Schedule

11AM: Jason Anick Jazz Violin
NOON: Guitarists Russell Welch & Molly Reeves New Orleans swing guitar
1PM: Evan Price from Hot Club of San Francisco Violin in the style of Stephane Grappelli
2PM: Mandolinist Isaac Eicher Swing techniques
3PM: Guitarists Jimmy Grant & Tommy Davy Traditional Hungarian music on guitar
4PM: Guitarist Christine Tassan? An introduction to Gypsy Jazz
5:30PM: Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz: History and Practice with Siv Lie
(NOTE 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

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.

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


Saturday Workshops: 11AM-6:30PM
Saturday Concert: 7:30PM


"Friday Concert: $30, $25 mbrs | Saturday Workshops, per: $35, $30 mbrs | Saturday Concert: $25, $22 mbrs"

For Creative Alliance Member Tickets, Click  HERE

Consider purchasing a full festival pass for $100. This provides you with access to both evening concerts and all workshops. A savings of $185!

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