2016.NOV.15-20. NYC. Birdland. DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: Birdland, Django Reinhardt Ny Festival
17 YEARS AND GOING STRONG !
‘HOT JAZZ, ROOTED IN GYPSY CULTURE’
Legend/DORADO SCHMITT Returns
Amati Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard
at BIRDLAND and ‘ON TOUR’
Special Guests: Grace Kelly/Sax
Jazzmeia Horn/Vocals, Jorge Continentino/Flute & Sax
Edmar Castaneda/Jazz Harp, Joel Frahm, Sax
Legendary gypsy guitarist DORADO SCHMITT , a real Django look alike, (who is also a Violinist and Compser) returns. He first came in 2002 and hasn’t missed a year yet, coming from a gypsy community Forbach, near Germany. Family members have also been coming, growing up, marrying, having their own children, and becoming virtuosos … we get to see the Schmitt family evolve right on the Birdland stage. Son, AMATI SCHMITT, who joined the show, was 6 when it all started…now a true gypsy guitar great. Brother, Samson, who comes in the summer, turned into a major artist and leader.
Rooted in gypsy culture The Festival is authentic in ‘heart and soul’, real atmospheric sounds of excitement and romance with rip roaring performances and beautiful melodies telling of love with ‘original music’ that brings Django’s style to today.
They are Joined by accordion whiz LUDOVIC BEIER who also plays accordina of whom Downbeat Magazine said - “heartwrenching…as great a solo as was heard at Newport (2014)”. On Violin is PIERRE BLANCHARD who swings like crazy, a prodigy of Stephane Grappelli. On bass is Xavier Nikiq with Dorado’s cousin, Francko Mehrstein on rhythm Guitar.
Each night there is a special Jazz Great as Guest:
: Jorge Continentino/Flute/Sax
18 & 19: Edmar Castaneda/Jazz Harp
“A CROWD FAVORITE AND TOP CANDIDATE FOR THE HARDEST SWINGING BAND AT THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL!” Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine
BIRDLAND: 315 W. 44TH Street, NYC
Reservations: 212 581 3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com
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