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Coming to you from An Die Musik in Baltimore, the 8th Annual Charm City Django Jazz Fest returns with a tuned-in lineup from around the globe celebrating the music and legacy Django Reinhardt.
Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn't have.
Hire Artistic Director Michael Harris to curate your own Hot Jazz Fest!
Friday Set 2
"Greenpoint Blues" is Adrien Chevalier's new album, inspired by the energy of the Gypsy Jazz repertoire and the roots of American Jazz standards, from the music of Django Reinhardt to Jerome Kern and Sonny Rollins. This project is born from the desire to reunite these accomplished musicians, companions of many international tours and musical adventures, around our passion for traditional Jazz and with fresh ideas.
Adrien Chevalier is accompanied by:
. Roberto Catanese on accordion from Sicily
. Dennis Pol on lead guitar form Italy/Greece
. Brad Brose on rhythm guitar from California
. Julian Smith on bass from Chicago
Henry Acker is a young powerhouse jazz guitarist who performs both in the style of Django Reinhardt as well as traditional jazz. A child prodigy who began playing at age 8 and performing professionally at age 9, his talent and abilities have developed into nothing short of astonishing. $30 Per Person.
Everyone always talks about Django and Grapelli, but what about Hubert Rostaing? This class is designed to offer ideas and insights about learning and playing Django’s music on clarinet. We will cover topics such as jazz language, articulation, learning tunes and working in a band. All levels are welcome. Tyler Rindo is clarinetist for Ann Arbor based band Djangophonique. $30 Per Person.
Saturday Set 2
A set with the Jason Anick Quartet, featuring guitarist Henry Acker. Sami Arefin (rhythm guita), and Zach Serleth (upright bass) will be joining them.
Save with 3-day VIP Passes or tickets for both sets!
Are the workshops for beginners, or only advanced players?
The workshops will be of value for all levels, but some experience playing jazz is helpful. Students must have basic knowledge of the instrument and be able to play scales and chords. Most importantly, the student should be excited to learn new things and to get inspired!
Can I get a discount or a package deal on concert tickets?
There is a discount for buying both sets for any evening show and there are a limited number of 3-Day VIP Passes available, which include an option for having your name on a seat up front for all three days.
Is there secure parking available at the venue?
Yes! There is FREE nearby parking this weekend for our festival, but you have to pick up a voucher at the venue. Please park in the garage on Franklin St., which is directly after you pass An die Musik going north on Charles St (both are one way streets). Pass the venue on Charles St and take immediate left on Franklin, then look for garage entrance immediately on the left!
Are there places to eat or bars near the venue?
There are plenty of places to eat and drink near An die Musik, including Michael Joseph Harris' personal recommendation for fine dining, Sotto Sopra, right next to An die Musik. There are plenty of other restaurants on Charles Street including Mick O'Sheas, Rod Dee Thai, Home Slyce, Café Poupon, and Lumbini Restaurant.
Discount vouchers are available for local restaurants too!
336 N. Charles St.
Lumbini (Nepalese and Indian)
322 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats
24 W Franklin St.
Rod Dee Thai
340 N. Charles St.
Are there hotels you recommend near the venue?
The best hotel for An die Musik is a 3 minute walk to the venue: Hotel Indigo.
What is the nearest airport?
BWI Airport is about a 30 minute drive from the venue, or you can take the Light Rail from BWI to the Center St/Howard St stop then walk south on N Howard St one block, take a left on Center St and go east for 5 blocks, then take right on Charles and go South for 3 blocks (about a 10 minute walk).
Ultrafaux Ensemble crosses the boundaries between style and genre, performing original music inspired by Gypsy swing, be-bop, Balkan music, Bluegrass, swing, funk, blues, choro, and musette. The group has thrilled audiences at top music festivals and concert halls all over the world both as a trio and as a larger ensemble featuring top guest musicians from the jazz, bluegrass, folk, classical, and world music scenes.
Adrien Chevalier Band
Born in Provence, South of France, into a family of violinists, Adrien Chevalier began his musical education at the Avignon Classical Conservatory, where he studied for 12 years before moving to Paris: there he developed his passion for Gypsy jazz and Eastern European music. He created Pad Brapad, a musical ensemble specializing in Balkan folklore, with whom he performed all over Europe, participating in the most renowned Word Music festivals. Adrien Chevalier then settled down in the French capital and joined the Grüss Circus orchestra, while also studying at the CMDL jazz school with master violinist Didier Lockwood.
In 2011 he moved to New York City where he co-founded the Avalon Jazz Band. Adrien Chevalier continued his work as a film composer (Canal +, France 3…) and founded the Hot Club of New York with whom he performed at the New York Hot Jazz Festival in 2014. Adrien Chevalier often collaborates with renowned artists and tours regularly in Europe, South America and Asia.
In 2015, he created Aramis Entertainment, an agency specializing in authentic, acoustic music for private events, contributing to the New York trad and swing scene’s growth and prosperity.
Adrien is currently preparing his first solo album with compositions inspired by Gypsy Jazz, Swing and Eastern European folklore.
Berklee College of Music Professor Jason Anick, has earned a reputation among string players as an imaginative improviser, versatile composer, and insightful educator. As a band-leader, Anick has launched a variety of musical projects over the years, including the Gypsy Jazz group Rhythm Future Quartet, an Americana-inspired Acoustic Trio, and a contemporary jazz ensemble with pianist Jason Yeager. His string of recordings (Sleepless, Tipping Point, United, Travels, Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends) has earned him praise from Downbeat Magazine as a "Rising Star in the world of jazz violin."
Henry Acker is an eighteen-year-old powerhouse jazz guitarist who performs both in the style of Django Reinhardt as well as traditional jazz. A child prodigy who began playing at age 8 and performing professionally at age 9, his talent and abilities have developed into nothing short of astonishing. Henry has already shared the stage with jazz greats Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Bireli Lagrene and Vic Juris as well as Gypsy Jazz legends Samson Schmitt, Mozes Rosenberg, Adrien Moignard and Joscho Stephane.
Craig builds handmade Gypsy guitars, one at a time, in Drayden, Maryland. He's had the good fortune to study many vintage guitars from the 40s and 50s as well as modern guitars in style. From these he has forged his own models, each with distinctive characteristics.
Luthier Gary Flowers is dedicated to producing jazz and flattop guitars of the highest quality available, achieving a level of craftsmanship that is among the finest in the industry. Flowers Guitars are hand carved to achieve an amazingly balanced and powerfully voiced instrument.
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well.
Sam Farthing Quintet
Samuel Farthing is a twenty-year-old jazz swing guitarist who started playing guitar at age ten and found Gypsy jazz at age thirteen. He is now a top young guitarist in the tradition of Jazz Manouche.
Hot Club of Baltimore
Hot Club of Baltimore, led by acclaimed guitarist Michael Joseph Harris, features an all-star lineup and talented guest musicians from the community for a special finale to Charm City Django Jazz Fest. Accompanying Michael Harris will be Kris Belgica - guitar, Connor Holdridge - guitar, and Blake Meister - bass. The Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of the Django Reinhardt repertoire, French waltzes, and Trad Jazz.