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Please help us welcome Pearl Django to Baltimore!
Sunday April 6, 2014
3:00PM Workshop 6:30PM Concert

This is only the second time we've hosted a five piece band. They're still talking about the first one (Frank Vignola's Quintet). This promises to be a truly legendary evening. What do you think, dance floor?


With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.


Voted favorite area jazz band 2003, by Seattle Weekly readers!

"Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz…and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." 

—Seattle Weekly 


“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”

—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)



Ryan Hoffman & Troy Chapman, Guitar; Michael Gray, Violin; 

David Lange, Accordion; Rick Leppanen, Bass


Background: (very brief)

The group’s inception was as a trio in Tacoma, Washington in 1994.  The focus of Pearl Django was, and is, to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. They quickly expanded to a quintet, adding a violinist and a third guitarist.  In 1999, along with the release of their third and fourth CDs, the group incorporated their own record label, Modern Hot Records. At about the same time, MHR signed a national distribution agreement with City Hall Records in San Rafael, California.  The October 2000 release of Avalon put the group on the national map with seven weeks of Gavin top-forty airplay and sales of 15,000 copies.  In May 2001, Pearl Django was featured on All Things Considered.  In June 2002, Pearl Django performed at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine, just outside of Paris, France.  As of 2007 Pearl Django is working as both a quartet and a quintet (with accordionist, David Lange) All of the members are contributing original compositions to the band’s expansive repertoire. They have released 11 CDs to date.


“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious accompaniment.”

— (review of Under Paris Skies)


Performance Highlights:

Along the West coast, Pearl Django has performed from Los Angeles to Fairbanks; East Coast, from Florida to New York.  Festival performances include: Festival Django Reinhardt, Samois sur Seine, France; les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nantes, France; Sacramento Jazz Jubilee; Django Festival Iceland; Django Fest Northwest, Whidbey Island, Washington; Django Fest SF, Redwood City, California; Juneau Folk Festival, Juneau, Alaska; Capital City Jazz Festival, Madison, Wisconsin; Sweet and Hot Festival, Los Angeles, California; Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, Guilford, Connecticut;; Mission Folk Festival, Mission B.C.; Bumbershoot & Folklife Festival, Seattle, Washington; Wintergrass (a bluegrass festival),  Washington, Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington; Sun Valley Jazz Jubilee, Sun Valley, Idaho.



Eleven - 2012

Systeme D - 2010

Modern Times - 2007

Chasing Shadows - 2005

Swing 48 — 2003

Under Paris Skies — 2002

Avalon – 2000 (over 16,000 copies sold)

Souvenirs – 1999  (out of print)

Mystery Pacific – 1999 (out of print)

New Metropolitan Swing – 1997 (out of print)

Le Jazz Hot – 1995 (out of print)



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Tim and Myles Thompson were fantastic in March of 2014!

It’s not surprising that Tim and Myles Thompson’s new album, Time4Me2Go, is filled with complex, masterfully played tracks. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years.

Time4Me2Go, the duo’s fourth studio release, is keenly focused on the sound the duo delivers live. There are no studio tricks or overdubs needed to display the sharp interplay between the two.

Though predominately written by Tim, a respected award-winning Nashville session guitarist and songwriter, both contribute equally to the direction of the album. “We wanted to do a record that was just one fiddle, one guitar and two voices,” Tim says. “We have similar voices and tastes. We don’t have to think too much to play together. It’s like osmosis.”

See te video below and check out for motivation and inspiration. All seats will go quickly for this one. Reserve now.

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This is a small-venue concert series where you can see world-class entertainers up close in a wonderfully intimate environment. Concerts are held on our stage at the Baltimore Guitar School in Hunt Valley, Maryland. With professional lighting and sound, there is not a bad seat in the house. Larger shows are held at Towson University and Goucher College, both in the Baltimore area.

We also host Instructional Guitar Workshops, Clinics and Masterclasses with most of our headliners.

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David Mallett Concert!

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA



$25 Age limit: All ages



David Mallett Songwriting Workshop

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA



$25 Age limit: All ages



Antsy McClain

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA


August 8, 2010

The founder and head flamingo of "Antsy McCLAIn and the Trailer Park Troubadours" will be conducting a songwriting seminar (4:00PM) and a rare solo concert (6:00PM) at the Baltimore Guitar School. Don't miss this one! Masterful songwriting and vibe you won't believe will leave you speechless. Check out for a taste.

Donations: Concert $20, Workshop $20, Both $35
Call Jeff 443-847-6373 or email to reserve your seats. Pay cash (only) at the door.
BYO Beer and Wine

Antsy Youtube vids below: (with Tommy Smothers!)


Donation $20 Concert, $20 Workshop, $35 Both Age limit: All ages



Pete Huttlinger!

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA


 Please email or call 443-847-6373 to reserve your seats. This concert will sell out. You must have a reserved seat.
If you play guitar, consider bringing it with you. Pete has agreed to lead a jam session after the show!

$20 donation each. Cash only. Pay at the door. Age limit: All ages



John Jorgenson Quintet

Haebler Memorial Chapel - Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD, USA



We are working hard to bring John and the Band back this summer. Sign up for the email list for details as they become available.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 • 7PM
$22.50 Each in advance
$25.00 Cash only at the door (Incudes sales tax)
General Admission Seating
Tickets on sale now (Click HERE)

The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work.  Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds.

At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John's dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist.  Whether playing his own accessible compositions or classic standards, John and his band make music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul.

iTunes Store John Jorgenson Quintet
John Jorgenson's Site
You Tube Desert Rose Band
You Tube John Jorgenson Quintet
You Tube John Jorgenson with Tommy Emmanuel

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Pete Huttlinger!

Hightopps Backstage Grille, 2306 York Road, Timonium, MD, USA



Concert $25.   Guitar Workshop $20.   Both $40

Delta Pace in conjunction with the Stretched Strings presents:

Fingerstyle Guitar Champion PETE HUTTLINGER
You saw him play for LeAnn Rimes on "Live From Abbey Road"
You saw him again, playing for Leann on "Dancing With The Stars


If you were in NY, you saw him at Carnegie Hall.

Here's you chance to get up close in an intimate venue! Order tickets now. Very limited seating. Hightopps is next to the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Great food, full bar, intimate setting with a fireplace. Wonderful atmosphere for a night to remember.

“In Pete Huttlinger’s hands, a fingerpicked flat-top becomes a mini-orchestra. He juggles it all: a tune’s melody, harmony, and bass lines—even percussion. His playing is fun, scary, and always inspiring.” Guitar Player Magazine

"Few guitarists achieve the kind of fingerstyle perfection Pete Huttlinger does on this outstanding solo effort. Whether he's flying through the complex changes he's devised for Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" or gently rhapsodizing on his own "McGuire's Landing" and "Goodbye Chester," he's in total command of his Collings OM1-A. With stunning arrangements of "Sunny" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," where he plays the bass line, horn parts and melody simultaneously without breaking a sweat, Huttlinger continues mining the rich vein of Top 40 Covers he began on 2002's Naked Pop. But he's also composed several great tunes, including "Hortensia," "Tommy in the Morning," (written for Tommy Emmanuel), and "Darcy's Guitar," one of the simplest and prettiest melodies in his repertoire. Titled after the "patron saint of impossible dreams" (according to the liner notes), The Santa Rita Connection is a dream to listen to." Jim Ohlschmidt, ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

Opening for Pete is Philly's own Tim Farrell, master guitarist, teacher and founder of the Stretched Strings Concert Series.

You Tube "Superstition"
You Tube "Josie"
iTunes Store Pete Huttlinger
Stretched Strings Series
Hightopps Backstage Grille

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Australian Prodigy Kieran Murphy

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA


Australian Prodigy
Kieran Murphy

You saw Kieran open for Tommy Emmanuel at Towson University in June. We had MANY requests to bring him back.

Described as having that indefinable 'IT', Kieran's technical proficiency and gift for writing melodies and playing with such evocative expression has enthralled audiences worldwide.  His repertoire is a constant work in progress, show-casing intricate compositions, captivation soulful ballads, and infusions of tight, funk-jazz.  He must be heard to be believed.

Kieran has agreed to conduct a guitar workshop! If you are a young guitarist, here's your chance to learn from an 18 year old with 4 CD's recorded who has toured the world. What a terriffic, inspirational gift for any guitar student. Only $50 for both the workshop and concert!

Read a few quotes:

‘... he plays with such a confidence and groove, and composes some incredible music, and I bought him over here, because the world needs to hear him!’ Tommy Emmanuel

‘... watch this guy, he's going to be something huge in the music world in the next 10 years.’ Michael Franti

‘... the young man played like a man possessed and became a crowd hero. It was the surprise package of the night and a moment not to be forgotten.’ FasterLouder

‘... he left the audience awe struck ... You have to hear Kieran to believe that it is just him and his guitar’ Maton Showcase

Friday November 9th 7:30PM $30 each

Guitar Workshop (all skill levels welcome):
Saturday November 10th 1:00PM $30 each or $20 with a concert ticket

Seat reservations are required. Pay cash at the door.
Call Jeff Auen 443-847-6373 or email

Age limit:



Frank Vignola Quintet (They sold out quickly last time they played here!)

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA


The Frank Vignola Quintet

The Frank Vignola Quintet has shattered the barriers between popular music and traditional jazz to create an exciting new sound in acoustic string music. Their repertoire together with the amazing virtuosity puts them in a league by themselves, in essence creating a new genre of music. They are like no other band— mixing high-energy original material with new unique renditions of contemporary tunes by the likes of The Police, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath and even Slayer. The quintet also taps into the standard songbook, creating unique interpretations of classic jazz tunes. Showing superior versatility, Vignola and the band also tackle new arrangements of Bach and Mozart. To quote the great mandolinist Jeff Pinkham, “This is the best string band on the planet”.

Watch 11 FVQ videos at

$30 each. Reservations are required. Please call Jeff Auen (443)847-6373 or email Pay at the door (cash please).

Last March, this band sold out faster than any act we have ever booked. The standing ovation was thunderous and might still be going on had we not forceably cleared the house ;-). We had to have them back!

The photo above is not a promo shot. It was taken during the show. The band graciously stopped playing to pose for the shot and then started again without missing a beat.

Here's the official promo shot:

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Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Doug Smith w/ Tim Farrell

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA


In association with the Stretched Strings Concert Series we present:

Grammy Award Winner
Doug Smith

Grammy Award Winning acoustic guitarist Doug Smith is the winner of the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition in 2006, and Billboard Magazine writes, "Inviting melodies...stunning fingerpicking". Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine raves, "Smith's fretboard brilliance continues to dazzle”.

His original music has been heard on radio and TV shows throughout the world, including True Hollywood Story and Martha Stewart Living , and his playing has been heard in movies such as “Twister” and “Moll Flanders” and the upcoming “August Rush.

Doug Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style recalling the playing of Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, and Alex de Grassi.

Doug Smith is a well traveled performer, serving as the opening act for such musicians as Liz Story, David Lanz, Strunz & Farah, and Richard Elliot, as well as performing solo in various venues and festivals around the country. He's also an accomplished vocalist, including music from David Wilcox, Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot and Richard Thompson.


Philly's Tim Farrell Tim is on the artist roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the faculty of the Doylestown School of Music and the Arts in Doylestown, PA where he is also the Artistic Director of the Stretched Strings Concert and Workshop Series. He performs concerts, teaches private lessons, does workshops, and visits schools as part of his desire to further develop the knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of music. "One of the new trailblazers - the bold ones who will take guitar into the next century" Tim Farrell is one of the select group of musicians who exemplify all that is excellent in their field and who have the unique ability to entertain their audience and inspire future generations of players. Concert:
ONLY $20 Each! Guitar Workshop:
$40 each or $30 with a concert ticket Doug Smith and Tim Farrell will perform individually and as a duo. Don't miss this rare opportunity! If you play guitar, attened the Workshop with both Doug and Tim on October 6 at 3:00PM. Learn the techniques of composing, arranging and playing as a duet! Reservations are required and easy. Please call Jeff Auen (443)847-6373 or email Pay at the door (cash please). ____________________________________________________________________

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Ernesto Tamayo Concert

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, MD, USA


Classical Guitar Master
Ernesto Tamayo

FIRST PRIZE WINNER of the 1995 NGWS in New Milford, Connecticut, Ernesto Tamayo has toured extensively throughout North and South America and Europe. He is one of the most accomplished and sought-after guitarists of his generation. Ernesto is often praised for his brilliant technique, artistry, and his exceptionally warm tone and expressive interpretations on the guitar.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Ernesto began studying the guitar with his father when he was five. He made his television debut at the young age of nine.

In 1995, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Classical of Mexico enabled Ernesto to come to the United States. He received a full scholarship for advanced studies at The Peabody Conservatory with world reknowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco. In Cuba Ernesto studied with world reknowned composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer and with Antonio Alberto Rodriguez.

Since his arrival in the United States, Ernesto has performed in numerous concert series and with orchestras in the United States and abroad. In September of 1999, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with a sold-out performance. Past engagements at guitar festivals include appearances at the Fourth International Guitar Festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Sixth International Guitar Festival in Long Island, New York, the "Classical Guitarists of the World" concert series in Fullerton, California and the Connecticut Guitar Summer Workshop. Ernesto has also given solo recitals for the classical guitar societies of Baltimore, Miami, Reno, Cheyenne and Northern Colorado, among others.

Ernesto has recorded 4 CDs, Ernesto Tamayo Plays Bach, Melodias Cubanas, The Cuban Guitarist, and Classical Persuasions. The Cuban Guitarist album features two world premier recordings, "The Havana Suite" by Cuban guitarist and composer Aldo Rodriguez, and "Five Inspirations" composed by Ernesto himself. The Classical Persuasions album was released in September of 2006 where he feature works by Borges, Canonigos, Lauro, Weiss, Sor, Brouwer, Albeniz, and Rodrigo.

Ernesto is a recipient of career development grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bossak/Heilbron Foundation. He is sponsored by Bacardi Foundation, Del Mar Foundation, La Bella Strings and performs and records with Thomas Humphrey and David Daily guitars.

In 1997 Ernesto was appointed as the Chairman of the guitar department at The Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA. His students have been recognized as some of the most talented young guitarists and have been accepted into top music schools such as the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. 

$30 each. Reservations are required. Please call Jeff Auen (443)847-6373 or email Pay at the door (cash please).

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Ernesto Tamayo Masterclass

Baltimore Guitar School, 3 Deep Run Ct, Hunt Valley, USA


The classical guitar masterclass is available for intermediate and advanced players. Bring your instrument and be prepared to play!

$30 each or only $20 with a concert ticket!

Reservations are required. Please call Jeff Auen (443)847-6373 or email

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