Hot Club of Baltimore
The Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of the Django Reinhardt repertoire, French songs, and vintage Jazz.
The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations including an instrumental trio of two guitars and upright bass, a classic quintet with violin, a late 40's “Django in Rome” instrumentation adding piano, drums, and horns, and a Django Big Band, which emulates the sound of the early 50's when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington. The group often features captivating vocalist Alexis Tantau who sings in her native Occitan language as well as songs in French and English by Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Charles Trenet, Maxine Sullivan, Jacques Dutronc, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Henri Salvador.
Hot Club of Baltimore and Ultrafaux have been featured on KPIG, KVMR, WRNR, WYPR, WPFW, WTMD, WDVX Blue Plate Special, Fox News Knoxville, and CBS News. Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris made the front page of The Baltimore Sun Weekend section in 2016 and was named one of the top 10 artists in Baltimore by Baltimore Style Magazine that same year. They have performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Charm City Django Jazzfest, Napa Valley Jazz Society, Baltimore Jazzfest, The French Embassy, on Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special, and were a featured act for the IMT Folk Series.