JWQ Showcase 2017

Sunday, November 8, 2015

USA/FRANCE: DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL @ Birdland Nov. 17 – 22

AIR FRANCE  Presents
DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS
"Back from France -- on the road again with major tour"
In NY at Birdland Nov. 17 - 22
DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL
Starring: 
DORADO & AMATI SCHMITT
LUDOVIC BEIER, PIERRE BLANCHARD
and Dou Dou Cuillerier - From France!

Special Guests: 
Cyrille Aimee, Bria Skonberg, Joel Frahm,
Jorge Continentino, Borislav Strulev, Anat Cohen and more...

'HOT  HOT JAZZ'
A special piece will be performed in tribute to Ettore Stratta
DORADO SCHMITT and his young son AMATI return to the US to tour with '5' concerts at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, NJPAC James Moody Jazz Festival, and more, winding up at their home BIRDLAND  November 17-22. Birdland launched the Festival in 2000 , now in its 16th successful year!  The Festival has been produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.
 
Over the years, a top Jazz band in the style of Django has evolved onstage at Birdland  at the Django Reinhardt NY Festival. It carries on the legacy of legendary gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT in a contemporary style holding on to the joy, hot sounds, and romance of the music inspired by America's standard  repertoire and great musicians such as Duke Ellington, harking back to the 20's and 30's in France bringing "Le Hot Jazz" to today where we call it "Hip Hot Jazz".
 
 AMATI Schmitt was a young boy, 3 years old at the time Dorado started coming to the Festival, now at 19, he is a seasoned player in his own right.  DORADO Schmitt, gypsy guitar star and  leader,   passed on the tradition of Django's  style, as is done in gypsy life from generation to generation, as his Dad did with him teaching guitar and violin.  They come from Forbach, France, a gypsy community  near Germany where music and family is the center of life.
 
Over the years, the  Producers  Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta brought others to the stage joining the Schmitts such as Ludovic Beier , accordionist and accordina musician, and Pierre Blanchard, violinist...DouDou Cuillerier, rhythm guitarist and mean scat singer....henceforth the evolution of this spectacular band many years in the making along with Xavier Nikq on bass  (Brian Torff is bassist in the summer).  The band is in demand across the country for major tours 2X a year .

There will be a special piece dedicated to the life and tremendous talent and career of Maestro Ettore Stratta, co-founder of the Festival, partner and beloved husband of Pat Philips (Stratta).                
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Each night there is a Special Guest as follows:
November 17:  Bria Skonberg/trumpet & vocals
                 18:  (TBA)
                 19:  Jorge Continentino/flute
                 20:  Joel Frahm/sax
                 21:  Borislav Strulev/cello
                 22:  Cyrille Aimee/vocalist
                              
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About the Django Festival Allstars!-at The Newport Jazz Festival
"A Standout performance" !  
 Ludovic Beier -"played like an angel, heart wrenching and as good a solo   as was heard at Newport" .......... Allen Morrison... Downbeat Magazine
                               
"Best show in town"  !...
"No Violinist captures the true romantic fire of Pierre Blanchard
                   Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
 
 Dorado Schmitt - "The elder Schmitt's virtuosity...on full display...lightening fast fingerwork, powerful strumming, astonishing fast tempos"........  LA Times
                              
Tour Schedule:
Nov. 5,6,7,8   SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL
                 9  KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER, SANTA CRUZ, CA
               10  LOBERO THEATRE,  SANTA BARBARA
                11  NJPAC James Moody Jazz Festival, NEWARK
               13   KENNEDY CENTER, TERRACE THEATRE, WASHINGTON D.C.
                14  REGATTA BAR, BOSTON
                15  PARAMOUNT HUDSON VALLEY THEATRE, PEEKSKILL, NY
          17- 22  BIRDLAND NYC
 
BIRDLAND315 W 44th Street full dinner menu, parking nearby
 Reservations:  212 581 3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com
Contributing Sponsors:
RD WRIGHT, INC., JOHN PEARSE STRINGS, 
  JOHN & JOAN  D'ADDARIO FOUNDATION
Pat Philips | STRATTA-PHILIPS PRODUCTIONS | 212-744-8836 |  patmusic2@gmail.com 
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