Django Reinhardt NY Festival "15th Anniversary Celebration"

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Django Reinhardt NY Festival "15th Anniversary Celebration"

Wed, August 6, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Birdland

New York, NY

$45.00

Off Sale

There is a $10.00 food or beverage minimum per person, per show. Dinner is served between 5:00pm-1:00am.

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Django Reinhardt NY Festival "15th Anniversary Celebration"
Django Reinhardt NY Festival "15th Anniversary Celebration"
STARRING: SAMSON SCHMITT, LUDOVIC BEIER, PIERRE BLANCHARD, DOUDOU CUILLERIER & BRIAN TORFF

With Special Guests.: Olli Soikkelii on Guitar & Peter Beets on Piano

Guest Appearances by:
8/5: Joel Frahm - Saxophone
8/6 & 8/7: Anat Cohen - Clarinet
8/8: Jane Monheit - Vocalist
8/9: Edmar Castaneda - Jazz Harp
8/10: Chris Washburne - Trombone

"THE BEST JAZZ SHOW IN TOWN"..... "Imagine a stage filled with contemporary Django Reinhardt descendants and you'll get a sense that the collective talent pool on the bandstand is larger than the Arc deTiomphe!" - The Wall Street Journal

The Festival, started in 2000, found there was huge interest in Django's style of HOT JAZZ. It has gone on to be a highly anticipated event twice a year, now in its 15th year. The AllStar bands emerged out of the Festival which is Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.

The Django Festival AllStars carry on the legacy of the brilliant gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt who was part of one of the most famous musical partnerships in European history with virtuoso jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, together they formed the Hot Club Quintette of France.

The Allstars, from France, bring the audience to their feet with lightning-fast guitar fingerwork on standards such as "Minor Swing" and also put the crowd in a romantic mood with gorgeous melodies, hit songs of the past such as Django's "Nuages". The program includes many new original compositions that take the music beyond.

Django's inspiration was Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington--sheer virtuosity with exuberant showmanship leaving a crowd breathless as it is with The Django Festival Allstars. Leonardo DiCaprio has become one of the biggest fans as is George Benson, Woody Allen...every great jazz guitarist was inspired by Django, Keith Richards, B.B.King, to name a few.

This summer, the Allstars will be headed by Samson Schmitt, out on his own, a star in his own right . For years, he grew up on the Birdland stage, playing side by side with his legendary father gypsy king Dorado Schmitt.

Also featured at will be virtuoso violinist Pierre Blanchard "who captures the true romantic fire of Grappelli" and Ludovic Beier on Accordion and Accordina who "was breathtaking and beautiful", says Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal. On rhythm guitar this summer is DouDou Cuillerier who also brings the audience to its feet with his scat singing. Brian Torff holds it all together on bass. And each night there is a top US jazz great!

Special Thanks to Sponsors: AIR FRANCE, RD WRIGHT, INC, JOHN PEARSE STRINGS, John & Joan D'Addario Foundation, KREMONA GUITARS
Venue Information:
Birdland
315 West 44th St
New York, NY, 10036
http://birdlandjazz.com/