6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival

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6th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Festival

FRI FEB 26-SAT FEB 27 7:30PM Friday | 11AM Saturday | 7:30PM Saturday night
"Friday Concert: $30, $25 mbrs | Saturday Workshops, per: $35, $30 mbrs | Saturday Concert: $25, $22 mbrs"

However, the recording of the Friday and Saturday Concerts are available to view until MARCH 27, 2021
Purchase an ENCORE TIcket to the Friday Concert Here
Purchase an ENCORE TIcket to the Saturday Concert 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!

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

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. 

Friday Night:  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 a jaw-dropping lineup of musicians:

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.

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. 
 All workshop attendees will be able to access the workshops live through zoom. Post-workshop, attendees will be emailed a link to view or review the workshop for up to 30 days. 

Questions? Please email josh@creativealliance.org

Friday Night Schedule

- Jimmy Grant, Tommy Davy, Luanne Homzy (Los Angeles, USA) plus Miklos Lakatos (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

  • 11AM | Jason Anick  Jazz violin techniques for the intermediate to advanced player.
  • NOON | Guitarists Russell Welch & Molly Reeves  New Orleans style Gypsy Jazz for lead and rhythm guitar. Intermediate but all levels can benefit.
  • 1PM | 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.
  • 2PM |  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.
  • 3PM | Guitarists Jimmy Grant & Tommy Davy Traditional Hungarian music on guitar.  Intermediate to advanced skill level is best but all levels would benefit.
  • 4PM | Guitarist Christine Tassan​ An introduction to Gypsy Jazz. All levels.
  • 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

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