Thu Dec 1
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Hot Club of Baltimore - The musical style of Django Reinhardt from 1935 - 1945 uniquely featured an all-string rhythm section with guitar, violin and clarinet as the lead soloist. Django's distinctive sound was informed by American swing music but also very much by romantic classical music and the accordion-driven valse musette in Europe which provided much of Reinhardt's income as a rhythm banjo player in dance halls before swing music hit the Paris scene with the arrival of Josephine Baker and other mostly Black American Jazz musicians. We'll explore a decade of pre- and post-war swing in Paris from the perspective of the Quintette du hot club de France.
Co-produced by An die Musik Live! and the Centre Louis Marin of the Johns Hopkins University, with the assistance of the French Embassy in the United States.
7:30 pm - Pre-concert Lecture on Gypsy Jazz (see details below)
8 pm - Performance
** Only 30 tickets are available for this very special event! **
Michael Joseph Harris - lead guitar
Gabriel Wallace - clarinet
Connor Holdridge - rhythm guitar
Blake Meister - upright bass
Imagine the time that Django Reinhardt met Duke Ellington for the first time at a nightclub called Hot Feet in Paris in 1939. Jazz was the hottest music on the scene at that time and Django's popular all-string swing group was starting to incorporate horns in the mix.
Django Reinhardt's repertoire at the time ranged from 1920s to 1930's jazz standards and show tunes with creative renditions of classical music including Reverie by Claude Debussy. In fact Django Reinhardt was very much influenced by romantic classical music so we will be featuring some of his compositions that show this influence including Rhythm Futur, Manoir des mes Rêves, Nuages, and Melodie au crepescule.
This concert will also feature the subsequent repertoire inspired by Duke Ellington with songs like "In A Sentimental Mood" and "Caravan".
Clarinetist Hubert Rostaing had a longstanding artistic relationship with Django Reinhardt and appeared on many of his records during this time which is why we chose to feature the amazing Gabriel Wallace on clarinet and saxophone in order to pay homage to this particular chapter in the Paris Jazz scene related to Django Reinhardt specifically.
Limited in-person seats: $25 / $10 full-time students with valid ID
Advance ticket sales end 1 hr. prior to showtime. Tickets may be purchased at door, if any remain.
In-person attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.
Streaming Cost is $15
The link will be revealed to live stream participants 15 minutes before the show
and will remain active through Dec. 8