6th Annual DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL
Featuring legendary DORADO SCHMITT & ANGELO DEBARRE
Gypsy Jazz is Hotter than ever !
European Legends join American Greats
At Birdland – Nov. 8 – 13
Birdland has been the official home of The Django Reinhardt Festival since its inception in 2000. People come from all to hear this form of great hot jazz as performed by legendary gypsy jazz players from Europe many who have grown up on this music and ‘lived the life’. They show their enormous virtuosity, flash, and dash, on the stage of this legendary club joined each night by a top American jazz player which creates spontaneity, surprises, and new musical friendships. The Festival is produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta.
After suffering a broken arm causing him to cancel his appearance at “The Spirit of Django” concert this July at Lincoln Center (which grew out of this Festival), DORADO SCHMITT, from the Lorraine region of France, returns to popular demand. The requests for him pour in all year long, a true Django disciple ! His talent, unique personality, and ‘smiles’ charm the audience from the minute he steps on the stage. Dorado is a born leader which is what he will do at Birdland.
ANGELO DEBARRE, legend, hard-driving Manouche gypsy who just appeared at The Spirit of Django concert, will be a Special Guest with Dorado and ‘gang’. Angelo is one of the truest and most exciting players of Django’s music on the scene today, and international star performing in Festivals and clubs around the world.
They are joined by LUDOVIC BEIER, young Accordionist from Paris, who also is back through audience demand. His experiences in the US have made this remarkable artist grow in virtuosity, charisma, and as a composer and producer. Having hit CD’s in France, he now finds himself on the cover of music magazines with stories and photos with our Paquito D’Rivera, James Carter, and other top jazz stars he has met at Birdland.
SAMSON SCHMITT also returns. When he first appeared here, it was as a
rhythm guitarist accompanying his dad, Dorado Schmitt. Now a star in his own right with his Trio in Europe, he will play lead as well as rhythm. He definitely has inherited his father’s talent and charm.
New this year will be PIERRE BLANCHARD, a virtuoso jazz violinist, also from France who swings like mad and has a beautiful sound. Pierre has a unique musical relationship with Dorado Schmitt.
BRIAN TORFF on Bass is our Musical Director and can swing with the best of them, experienced as he is having toured with Stephane Grappelli for years as well as George Shearing, amonst many other top name artists.
Watch out for his mean solos !
The ‘Americans” will include KEN PEPLOWSKI, one of the best jazz clarinetists in the world. HARRY ALLEN will be there with his beautiful, rich, sax sound as well as LEW TABACKIN who swings like mad. ROGER KELLAWAY - jazz master of the keyboard who will join and meet‘this music’ for the first time. JOEL FRAHM on sax is back as he was a sensation last year. And newcomer to the jazz scene, young-talented DOMINICK FARINACCI on trumpet will add more spice to the mix.
All will be joined by GORDON LANE on brushes on many evenings as well as DAVID LANGLOIS on ‘washboard’ who will slip in on several nights, something you’ve got to see!
It’s a week of a ‘hot jazz party’, The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL celebrating the talent and legacy of the great jazz Guitarist DJANGO and his unique style that has been around for almost 75 years, ‘keeps on swinging’ and delighting audiences !
BIRDLAND – Nov. 8 – 13, 315 West 44th Street, in NYC
Reservations: 212 581-3080, Parking Nearby, & the Food is Great!
Shows 8:00 &11:00 pm – Cover: $30 Tues, Wed., Thurs. and Sun.
$35 Fri. and Sat.
The brand new DVD of The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL – 2004 featuring DORADO SCHMITT will be on sale at the Festival and you can contact producers at: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a><!-- e -->.
Special Thanks to our Presenter: WILD TURKEY BOURBON
And our contributing Sponsors
RD WRIGHT, INC. JOHN PEARSE STRINGS
The BUCKINGHAM HOTEL CHIVAS REGAL
Media Sponsor: VILLAGE VOICE
The Django Reinhardt Festival Group goes on tour: Oct. 27, 28 & 29 to The Kennedy Center, Oct. 31 & Nov.1 to The Dakota in Minn., Nov.. 3 The Napa Opera House, Nov.4 &5 Jazz Alley in Seattle, Nov. 8 – 13 Birdland in NY, and Nov. 16 at The Disney Concert Hall in LA.