|October 4, 2012To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Contact: Pat Philips email@example.com
|GRANDE ABSENTE and AIR FRANCE present
LEGENDARY GYPSY GUITARIST
DORADO SCHMITT AND ‘3’ SONS
STAR AT DJANGO REINHARDT
“A FAMILY AFFAIR!”
BIRDLAND – NOVEMBER 6 – 11, 2012
|Legendary gypsy guitarist/composer Dorado Schmitt from the Lorraine area of France, in the tradition of Manouche gypsy life and culture, taught his 3 sons to follow in his footsteps and become jazz afficionados in the style of the great late Django Reinhardt, renowned gypsy guitarist. Schmitt is known for his harmonious melodies, brilliant improvisations and extraordinary technique. He has performed at festivals around the world and with top Jazz luminaries Oscar Peterson, The Pizzarelli’s , George Benson, Paquito D’Rivera, James Carter and more.Performing alongside their Dad on the Birdland stage will be Amati – 17, Bronson – 20, and Samson now in his early 30’s who grew up performing at The Festival. In addition will be cousin Francko, also a guitarist. Ludovic Beier, (accordionist/accordina player) and Pierre Blanchard (violinist), favorites on the scene, will also be part of the Schmitt family happening. On bass will be Xavier Nikq.Plus Special Guests
Tues. Nov. 6 – Ken Peplowski – (Clarinet), Wed. the 7th – Anat Cohen – (Sax and Clarinet), Thurs. the 8th Nicki Parrott -(Bass and Vocals), Fri. Nov. 9 and Sat Nov. 10 – Jisoo Ok – (Cello) with a special arrangement of Django’s famous composition “Nuages”, Sun. Nov. 11th Stephane Seva (Washboards)
The Schmitt family is from France where Django lived most of his life and where he teamed with Jazz violin great Stephane Grappelli to form one of the most popular partnerships in history which created a musical style that’s surging all over the US and world. The music is virtuosic, infectious, romantic, entertaining, and to this day sets toes tapping compulsively and hearts swooning. The legend endures.
Django’s unmistakable cool and jumpin’ joie de vivre have made him an icon for an unikely range of luminaries from Carlos Santana to Tony Iommi. Jimi Hendrix named his “Band of Gypsies” in tribute; Willie Nelson adopted his influence in “country-swing”; Sean Penn played a Django-obsessed swing guitarist in Woody Allen’s ‘Sweet and Lowdown’; and Leonardo DiCaprio proudly was backed by Django’s music on the soundtrack of Scorsese’s ‘The Aviator’ and is still one of Django’s biggest fans.
Producers, Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta, welcome their Presenters
As the Festival heads into it’s 13th year, it continues to stay true and authentic to Django’s style, but also new and rich with original compositions and ideas combined with some of Reinhardt’s well-known standards. It’s HOT JAZZ at it’s best !
Birdland: 315 W. 44th Street (bet. 8th and 9th Avenues)
The Festival tour: Nov. 3-New Jersey Performing Arts Ctr., Nov. 4, Hanover Theatre Worcester- Mass., Nov. 6-11 Birdland NYC, Nov. 12 Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz Calif, Nov. 15- Napa Opera House, Nov. 17-SF Festival Herbst Hall, Nov. 19 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Nov. 21 & 22 Montreal’s L’Astral Theatre, and more TBA
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