Will play Stoltz Listening Room Saturday
EASTON — Gypsy jazz band Hot Club of Baltimore will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Avalon Theatre’s Stoltz Listening Room.
The band has performed on both U.S. coasts, in towns and cities in between and traveled north to Montreal, a hotbed of jazz and world music. Guitarist Michael Joseph Harris also has led the group to a growing list of festivals and clubs in Europe.
The band has released albums under the name Hot Club of Baltimore and featured its own original compositions under the name Ultrafaux. Under both monikers, the group continues to travel widely, collaborating with some of the finest world music and jazz artists in the world.
Hot Club of Baltimore has played numerous festivals, such as Maine’s Django by the Sea, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival in the U.K., and the Festival Django Reinhardt in France.
Harris also is the artistic director and founder of the Charm City Django Jazzfest, held annually at Creative Alliance in Baltimore. His own group appears there year after year in sold-out performances.
Harris and company have been featured on radio stations across the United States and on numerous TV programs, and found their story told in magazines and newspapers.
Known for exploring thoughtful and enlightening themes in his concerts, Harris will share the music of 1940s jazz in Paris, playing compositions by the likes of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Django Reinhardt. Joining him onstage will be guitarist Sami Arefin, bassist Zach Serleth and captivating vocalist Alexis Tantau. Among the vintage pieces to be heard are Reinhardt’s “Impromptu” and “Nuages,” Trenet’s “La Mer” and “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf and Luis Guglielmi.
Tickets are $30, and available by calling 410-822-7299 or online at www.avalonfoun dation.org.