Saturday afternoon free and ticketed workshop sessions:
$28, $25 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door)
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FRI FEB 22, 8PM
SAT FEB 23, 8PM
Two nights of blazing guitar runs, accordion virtuosity, clarinet insanity, and jazz heat all in the spirit of the great Django Reinhardt!
This year’s lineup features so much variety and talent including top clarinetist from London, Giacomo Smith, Philly-based accordionist Dallas Vietty and his group Passarinho, renowned violinist Evan Price (Hot Club of San Francisco/Turtle Island Quartet), Hot Club of Baltimore with mesmerizing vocalist Alexis Tantau, the always creative Baltimore-based trio Ultrafaux, and a special performance by incredible 15 year old guitarist Samuel Farthing with legendary Tom Mitchell, John Previti, and Michael Joseph Harris.
Samuel Farthing w/ Tom Mitchell, John Previti, Matt Andrews, Michael Joseph Harris
15 year old Ellicott City Maryland-based guitarist Samuel Farthing has quickly become a rising star on the gypsy jazz scene. Unlike many other young guitarists in the genre, Farthing's focus is purely on the tradition and musical style of Django Reinhardt. His recent appearance in Ireland at Django sur Lennon alongside the legendary Tchavolo Schmitt proved to an international audience that he could play with the best of the best. Now, the young Samuel Farthing returns to his hometown joined by top local talents including guitarist Tom Mitchell and bassist John Previti with a special appearance by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris and guest violinist Matt Andrews.
Dallas Vietty & Passarinho
Passarinho [português for “little bird”] formed around a shared passion for instrumental music from around the world. Accordionist Dallas Vietty and mandolinist Bryce Milano discovered their musical kinship through playing gypsy jazz (the music of Django Reinhardt), but quickly discovered a variety of common musical interests from Bulgaria to Brazil. They soon began working with percussionist extraordinaire, Jim Hamilton and the group came to life. Together, this core trio of musicians explores "world music" that is upbeat, melodic, and immediately danceable. Musical chemistry, technical prowess and joyful spontaneity combine to form an unforgettable musical experience every time they take the stage.
Ultrafaux (Festival Host) w/ Alexis Tantau
Baltimore-based Ultrafaux, is a dynamic acoustic trio of two guitars and upright bass that has pushed the envelope of what we commonly know as gypsy jazz by creating edgy compositionsthat stretch the boundaries while remaining rooted firmly in its rich tradition and technique.
The group has thrilled a wide variety of audiences at festivals and concert halls all over the world since their first CD release in 2014, redefining what's possible with just two guitars and an upright bass.
Guitarists Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin share rhythm and lead roles, trading dazzling solos and harmonizing together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies while bassist Zach Serleth holds down the beat with an authenticity that he's developed through years of studying Balkan gypsy music and Manouche syles.
Ultrafaux was featured at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in France in 2017 and will once again be performing there in 2019. While touring all over the world they have had the honor of performing at top jazz festivals including Django by the Sea 2016/2018, Midwest Gypsy Swingfest 2016/2018, Charm City Django Jazzfest 2016-2019, Djangoary 2017, Django-a-gogo 2017, Preston Jazz Festival UK 2018, Kennedy Center 2015, and Napa Valley Jazz Society 2016/2019.
Ultrafaux originals "Latcho Dromo" and "Signs of Struggle" were both featured on Django Festival (#9 in 2015 & #11 in 2018), a compilation of the finest gypsy jazz in the world produced by Jon Larsen.
Giacomo Smith & Evan Price
Born in Italy, Giacomo grew up in upstate New York. He picked up on jazz very early because of his mother’s great affinity for Dave Brubeck. Piano lessons at 5, clarinet at 10, and saxophone at 12. At each stage along the way, he developed a deeper interest in classical and jazz music.
At university, Giacomo followed the classical performance path. He completed a Bachelor’s of Music at Boston University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree at McGill University in 2011, both in classical clarinet performance. From there, he moved to London to work in Boston University London Programmes’ administrative office. His days were spent at the computer and nights learning the London scene at places like the Nightjar, The Haggerston and Ronnie Scott’s.
In 2013, Giacomo left his office job to pursue a full time career in music. That brief sentence strikes terror in the heart of mothers worldwide. But in Giacomo’s case I say, “Don’t worry, Mom. He’s going to be just fine.”
Evan Price is steadily gaining recognition as one of the world's most confident voices in extra-classical string playing. A native of Detroit, MI, his musical background includes some earnest dues-paying in a variety of genres. From square dance bands to string quartets, from jamming with blues bands to busking in Greektown, Evan's youthful pursuits all informed his violin-playing and left him with a deep love of chamber music in all forms. As a young competitive fiddler he won his share of awards, having been named the U.S. Scottish Fiddling Champion, the Kentucky State Fiddle Champion, Canadian Junior Fiddle Champion, and Canadian Novelty Fiddling Champion. He also performed with some of the masters of fiddle lore—Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Frigo, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher, and Vassar Clements—as well as a diverse array of pop icons from Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to comedian, Steven Wright.
Evan is a ten-year veteran of the world-renowned, paradigm-shifting jazz ensemble, the Turtle Island Quartet. During his tenure in Turtle Island, Evan gave over five hundred performances in concert venues from Latvia to Australia and had the opportunity to collaborate with many musical luminaries, such as Cuban clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, The Ying Quartet, pianists Dr. Billy Taylor and Kenny Barron, and classical guitarists, Sergio and Odair Assad. He recorded five CD's with Turtle Island, two of which—"Four + 4" and “A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane”—received GRAMMY® awards in 2006 and 2008 in the Classical Crossover category.
Since 1998, Evan has been proud to call himself a member of The Hot Club of San Francisco, perhaps the most venerable gypsy jazz band in the US. During his tenure, the group has thrilled audiences from Iceland to Mexico and across the United States, and has released seven CD's which feature Evan on violin.
FRI - SAT FEB 22-23 | 8PM ****SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW SOLD OUT****
$28, $25 mbrs (+$3 at the door)
$45 Two Night Pass