In 2012, after years of performing mostly Brazilian and Latin influenced original music, guitarist Michael Joseph Harris began studying and playing the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt which led to the creation of The Hot Club of Baltimore later that same year. After a surge of Django-inspired composing in 2013, Harris formed the band Ultrafaux in 2014 to perform his original songs in the style of Gypsy Jazz. In 2015, Harris founded and remained Artistic Director for the popular Charm City Django Jazz Fest, the only annual Jazz festival in Baltimore, Maryland. Michael was named one of the top musicians in Baltimore by Baltimore Style Magazine and he was featured in a full spread article in The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine.

This episode was originally recorded via a youtube live stream. 

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EPISODE 4 - Daniel John Martin

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EPISODE 3 - Alex Bishop (Luthier)

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EPISODE 2 - Filippo Dall’Asta

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Thanks for tuning in! Here is our first attempt at the podcast. The first hang-out was great fun to record, a very informal session. The tunes were good, the beer and pizza were also good (probably sliiightly better).

Tobie Medland on the violin, Andrea Vergani on guitar, Ben Manning on double bass., Cornelius Corkery on guitar.