SOLD OUT 1st Annual Charm City Django Jazz Fest
Event Type: music/performance
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Friday: Ultrafaux & Friends and Rhythm Future Quartet
Saturday: Mary Alouette and the Crew & Stephane Wremble
Over two packed nights, we celebrate the seductive and virtuosic legacy of Django Reinhardt with some of the finest U.S. musicians who use his Manouche Gypsy sound as a springboard for thrilling new musical adventures.
Friday: Friday night kicks off the two day fest with a special performance by Baltimore’s own Ultrafaux who play original Gypsy jazz music composed by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and an upright bass. As with all Creative Alliance Ultrafaux performances, expect surprise special guests!
Down from NYC, Friday night closes with one of the most thrilling young hot jazz groups in the world. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw from rhythms heard around the world.
Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of jazz and Gypsy jazz. Olli Soikkeli, who recently made the move from his home country of Finland to New York City, is rapidly becoming a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene and has been aptly coined “the Finnish boy wonder”.
Saturday: Saturday kicks off with a bang with Mary Alouette and the Crew. Now based in Brooklyn, Mary was living in Maryland when she was first introduced to the classic sound of Django Reinhardt through performances by the Hot Club of DC. She has since blended her expansive vision, lovely voice, and mastery of electronics with the delicate melodies and blazing solos of Django Reinhardt’s acoustic sound. The results are nothing less than mesmerizing: electric, jazzy, psychedelic, progressive, soothing, and urgent – as she slips in and out of genres, and defies definition.
Saturday closes with one of the most original and finest players in the modern hot jazz scene. Stephane Wrembel has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme to the 2012 Academy Award winning film Midnight in Paris, and he performed live during this year’s Oscars telecast. To say that French-born guitarist/composer—who learned his craft among Manouche Gypsy musicians at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. Tonight, the now Brooklyn-based guitar player closes the festival by performing with a his full band. Expect musical fireworks.
Saturday workshops offsite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001112473286657/
8pm | ADV $25, $22 mbrs | +$3 at the door
BOTH NIGHTS $40, $36mbrs. - Available for Advanced Purchase only. Please call or visit the box office to purchase.
You Might Also Like:
Comedy Night: Quincy Jones
Fri Apr 21, 8pm
A lot of people say they'll work until they drop. Quincy Jones is...
Comedy Night: Greg Fitzsimmons
Wed Apr 26, 7pm
Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has...
Mokoomba from Zimbabwe
Fri May 5, 8pm
Afropop Worldwide’s Banning Eyre has described Mokoomba as “quite...
Bumper Jacksons Album Release Party!
Sat May 6, 8pm
The Bumper Jacksons will be releasing their new album I’ve Never Met...
Lea Gilmore with the Juke Joint Allstars
Sat May 20, 8pm
As the great Fat's Waller sang, "this joint is jumpin!" Join Lea...
Comedy Night: The World Champion Judah Friedlander
Fri Jun 2, 8pm
The last time Judah Friedlander graced our stages, the show sold out...