Lotus is partnering with Creative Alliance, located in Baltimore, to promote the incredible Charm City Django Jazz Festival.

A portion of your ticket goes to support the work and mission of the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to ALL of the concerts and workshops ($100)

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Feb 26-27, 2021

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

Beaming to you from Baltimore, 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.

On Friday Night, join us for newly recorded sets of music by artists hailing from France, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, England, and America. Hosted by Django Jazz Fest Artistic Director, Michael Joseph Harris, this concert is an unparalleled convening of artists rarely seen on a bill together.

Saturday afternoon, we host a series of Zoom-based workshops 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. All events will be accessible for repeated viewing for 30 days post broadcast. Please allow us 24 hours post event for processing of workshops for on demand viewing.

Questions? Please email kathleen@lotusfest.org

Friday Night Schedule

– Jimmy Grant, Tommy Davy, Luanne Homzy (Los Angeles, USA)

-Miklos Lakatos Gypsy Orchestra(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
NOON | Guitarists Russell Welch & Molly Reeves New Orleans swing guitar
1PM | Evan Price from Hot Club of San Francisco Violin in the style of Stephane Grappelli
2PM | Mandolinist Isaac Eicher Swing techniques
3PM | Guitarists Jimmy Grant & Tommy Davy Traditional Hungarian music on guitar
4PM | Guitarist Christine Tassan An introduction to Gypsy Jazz
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

Personnel:
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

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.