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Parisian Jazz Night | Hot Club of Baltimore

Due to inclement weather, this evening's performance by the Hot Club of Baltimore will be postponed until Thursday, May 16.

View a digital program for the performance.

Enjoy an outdoor concert with the Hot Club of Baltimore, inspired by the exhibition Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Paris, all in the spectacular setting of Hillwood’s gardens. 

Join the Hot Club of Baltimore for an evening outdoor concert inspired by our special exhibition, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Paris! The Hot Club will showcase inspiring renditions of Django Reinhardt jazz from the 1930's and the romantic sounds of French Musette, which was the soundtrack of La Belle Époque in Paris until 1914. 

The group is led by celebrated bandleader Michael Joseph Harris and will feature the gorgeous violin of Strathmore artist Nataly Merezhuk.


5:30-6:30 p.m. | Explore Hillwood

6:30-7:30 p.m. | Concert on the Lunar Lawn

  • Please bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

8 p.m. | Hillwood closes


  • This program takes place outdoors on the Lunar Lawn. (Please see the inclement weather plan below.)
  • Please bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets. Picnicking is welcome.
  • Merriweather To Go has sandwiches, light snacks, and beverages, including beer, wine, and champagne available by the glass or bottle.
  • Hillwood’s liquor license does not allow patrons to bring in outside alcohol.


If inclement weather occurs, the program will be postponed to Thursday, May 16, with ticket purchasers notified of the change by 3 p.m. If inclement weathers persists, the concert will be livestreamed on Thursday, and all ticket purchasers will be notified and sent a link to the performance by 3 p.m. 


With the Hot Club of Baltimore and the eclectic Ultrafaux ensemble, Michael Joseph Harris has appeared in concert halls, clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Festival Django Reinhardt in France, Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival in England, Djangoary Soiree Festival in Virginia and Django by the Sea in Maine. He is the founder and artistic director of the Charm City Django Jazz Festival in Baltimore.

Nataly Merezhuk is a violinist who has embraced the role of the violin in jazz following her extensive classical training. Originally from Russia, she holds a degree from Peabody Conservatory and performs with orchestras in the greater DC area, including the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Her interest in jazz has led her to perform in smaller acoustic ensembles and duos, with styles and sounds influenced by Svend Asmussen and Stephane Grappelli. Merezhuk was drawn to jazz for its improvisational nature, making her an extremely versatile musician and performer.