Dorado Schmitt & the Django Festival All-Stars
Date/TimeTuesday, November 20 at 8 PM
Hot Jazz harkens back to the 30’s and 40’s in Europe where Django Reinhardt teamed with top jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli to create The Hot Club Quintette of France–the greatest musical partnership in European history Jazz history. The Django Festival All-Stars follow in their footsteps taking the music beyond with original compositions, hip improvisations and more.
This hot-swing form of jazz has its roots in American popular music in the reverence for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other top American jazz figures of the time. Each of the All-Stars are composers in their own right and while this music can harken back to the great music of the past, their interpretations, arrangements, virtuosity, and original compositions bring a newness to Django’s style and take it beyond.
The Django Festival All-Stars are the best players to come out of the Django Reinhardt Festival and are led by legendary gypsy guitarist/violinist Dorado Schmitt. These world-class musicians hail mostly from France, and frequently headline The Django Reinhardt Festival at the legendary music club Birdland in New York City, and tours prestigious halls across the country such as Rose Hall/Jazz at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The San Francisco Festival, and many more.
“…the equivalent of a master class in gypsy jazz. “ — The Washington Post on John Jorgenson