Django Reinhardt NY Festival in November

October 21, 2016 | By Francerocks

AIR FRANCE Presents
DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL
‘HOT JAZZ, ROOTED IN GYPSY CULTURE’

Legend/DORADO SCHMITT Returns
Amati Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard
NOV. 15 – 20 at BIRDLAND and ‘ON TOUR’
Special Guests: Grace Kelly/Sax
Jazzmeia Horn/Vocals, Jorge Continentino/Flute & Sax
Edmar Castaneda/Jazz Harp, Joel Frahm, Sax

Going stronger than ever The Django Reinhardt NY Festival and The Allstars have taken the US by storm.  They are headed again to NY from Paris, landing at Birdland, their official home, where it all started in 2000, with an ‘idea’ inspired by Producers Ettore Stratta and Pat Philips due to their work with famed Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli, Django’s partner, back in the 30’s and 40’s. The Producers  set out to bring Django’s style out from underground to ‘overground’ and spread the word: HOT JAZZ is better than ever and here to stay!
 
Legendary gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt, a Django look-alike, (who is also a Violinist and Compser) returns. He first arrived in 2002 and hasn’t missed a year yet, coming from a gypsy community, Forbach, near Germany.  His son, Amati Schmitt, who joined the show at 6 in 2002, is now a true gypsy guitar great. His brother, Samson, who comes in the summer, turned into a major artist and leader.
 
Rooted in gypsy culture The Django Festival is authentic in ‘heart and soul’, with real atmospheric sounds of excitement and romance and rip roaring performances with beautiful melodies that speak of love in ‘original music’ that brings forth Django’s style today.   
 
They are Joined by accordion whiz Ludovic Bieier,  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 Nikq with Dorado’s cousin, Francko Mehrstein on rhythm Guitar.
 
Each night there is a special Jazz Great as Guest: 
Tues, Nov.   15:  Jorge Continentino/Flute/Sax 
16:  Jazzmeia Horn/Vocalist, (Recent Winner of the Monk  Institute Vocal Competition)
17:  Grace Kelly/Sax (Recent Winner of the Hot House Jazz Saxophone Award)             
18 & 19: Edmar Castaneda/Jazz Harp
20:  Joel Frahm, Sax
 
“A CROWD FAVORITE AND TOP CANDIDATE FOR THE HARDEST SWINGING BAND AT THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL!”  Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine
 
TOUR DATES:
15 – 20: BIRDLAND
Nov. 22 & 23: The Dokata, Minn., Minnesota
25 – 27: The San Francisco Jazz Festival
29: San Diego Athenaeum
Dec. 3: Home Concert, Altadena, Calif.  (davidnaiditch@charter.net)
8 & 9: Mizner Park Performing Center, Boca Raton,  Florida
11: The Faena Theater, Faena Hotel, Miami, Florida

BIRDLAND: 315 W. 44TH Street, NYC
Reservations and Tickets:  212 581 3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com

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