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Jane Halliday & Friends

March 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm EDT

COST: $15, $12 for members

TICKETS LINK: https://louisvillejazz.ticketleap.com/jane-halliday–friends/

Come for a swingin’ night of “gypsy jazz +” led by jazz violinist Jane Halliday, featuring Todd Hildreth on piano, Chris Fargen on guitar, and Joe Ficarra on bass. Music from the Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt songbook and more!


Jane Halliday came to gypsy jazz through Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Classically trained, she has a B.M. in music performance and an M.A. in Humanities & Civic Leadership from the University of Louisville. Her professional experience ranges from solo performance to work with various chamber ensembles and orchestras in Kentucky. She also plays with ensembles providing musical support for touring artists such as Stevie Wonder and Kristin Chenoweth, and sometimes can be found in ‘the pit” of the Broadway Series at the KY Center for the Arts. Jane is on the faculty of Bellarmine University where she teaches violin and coaches ensembles. She is a founding member of the gypsy jazz band, Swing ’39; collaborates on original music written by her singer/songwriter sister, Marion Halliday; and is a member of the string trio “Con Brio”, and the Carnegie Quartet, an outstanding string quartet based in Lexington KY. Find out more about Jane and listen to her music on her YouTube Channel.

Chris Fargen
 specializes in acoustic guitar and improvisation. He primarily plays gypsy jazz, traditional Irish, and bluegrass music. In 2019, he released an album with Louisville duo group Django Sweetheart. He regularly performs as a member of the gypsy jazz band Swing ’39 and Croghan’s Crossing, a group that plays traditional Irish music with a pinch of bluegrass influence.

Joe Watts began learning the guitar from his father at age 13 and was hooked! His musical journey took him to Bellarmine University where he studied both jazz and classical guitar, ultimately receiving a BA in Music and Music Technology. Joe plays in an array of ensembles in the Louisville area, making regular appearances at Worldfest, WFPK’s Live Lunch and The Mayor’s Music and Arts Series, and other local festivals as a member of “The Afrophysicists”. He is also a member of the band “In Lightning” which appeared in WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday concert series and received a Louisville Music Award in 2016 in the Jazz/Avant Garde category. His newest ensemble is “Spontaneous Rambunction”, a group which fuses Bluegrass, Jazz and a tad of rock ‘n roll. 

Joe Ficarra is a versatile bass player with a recording and performing portfolio that includes jazz, Americana, rock, R&B, gospel and soul. He plays acoustic bass with the jazz group “In Other Words” and electric with the R&B band “The Redsmith Guild”. Joe studied jazz bass at Boyce College with Louisville’s own Sonny Stephens (who really helped him understand that “it’s all about that bass”).

Todd Hildreth has founded or been in collaboration with groups such as The Java Men, King Kong, The Liberation Prophecy, Squeeze-bot, V groove, The Louisville Improvisors, and the Todd Hildreth Trio. He has performed or recorded with Don Braden, Stephanie Courtney (Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials), Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Joan Rivers, Bobby Shew, Dave Stryker, and many others. He teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps and is currently the jazz piano instructor at Bellarmine University and performs throughout the region with a variety of talented musicians.