JWQ Showcase 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

USA/FRANCE: DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL NOV. 7 - 12 @ Birdland

AIR FRANCE Presents
DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL
GYPSY GUITAR  DYNASTY
The SCHMITT FAMILY      
DORADO, SAMSON, & AMATI

‘Together for the first time in New York
Virtuosos LUDOVIC BEIER /Accordion
PIERRE BLANCHARD /Violin
Special Guests:  GRACE KELLY/Saxophone
KEN PEPLOWSKI/Clarinet...& more
NOV 7 - 12, 2017

Produced by Pat Philips Stratta 

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival launched in 2000 at Birdland is in it’s 18th year.  Out of the Festival came the top players, The Django Festival Allstars, who tour 2X a year and always spend a week at their home in the US, BIRDLAND.  On the road, to standing ovations, they play top venues –Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival and much more with original music in the style and Django favorites.  This past summer at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Bowl, critic Scott Yanow wrote “highpoint of the entire festival”!
Dad, DORADO SCHMITT, started performing in NY in 2002  when SAMSON was 21 and  AMATI  5, all grown up now and  together on the Birdland stage for the first time. It’s a family dynasty of enormous  talent that comes from the soul of gypsy life where music is God, joined by virtuoso accordionist LUDOVIC BEIER and Grappelli protégé, PIERRE BLANCHARD, on Violin.  They will put you on the edge of your seats with joy,  smiles, shock you with their hot #’s and break your heart with a ballad, joined by gypsy cousin, Francko Mehrstein, on rhythm guitar and Gino Roman on Bass.

  The Special guests include the young great saxist Grace Kelly Nov. 7,8, and 11 and top swinging clarinetist Ken Peploski on Nov. 9 and 10 , For a change of pace,  newcomer Chris Smith will be on drums on Nov. 12th

The music harkens back to the 30’s and 40’s in France to the Hot Club Quintette of Django and Grappelli, romantic days in ‘ol Paris with swing music in the dance halls and streets while campfires lit up the sky on the outskirts of Paris with gypsy life.  Music and family  was and still  is King !  Hot Jazz has more than survived, is vibrant and causing a sensation all over the country.  

The musicians  will again be  on tour as well (see schedule below) and at their NY home, Birdland Nov. 7-12 before returning home to  Paris and gypsy community Forbach, France,  near Germany.  It’s real, it’s romantic, it’s exciting…let your heart lead the way.  The Festival was co-founded by Maestro Ettore Stratta.

Paricipating sponsors: 
AIR FRANCE

                                      RD WRIGHT, INC.,   JOHN PEARSE STRINGS
                                      John and Joan D’Addario Foundation
                                      The ROW HOTEL – 44th Street and Eighth Ave.
 

BIRDLAND,  315 W. 44th street, Full Dinner Menu, Parking nearby
Reservations:  212-581-3080    or www.birdlandjazz.com


DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS US TOUR
NOV. 3:  The DAKOTA, Minneapolis, Minn.
           5:  The CABOT THEATRE, Beverly, Mass
           6:  The KENNEDY CENTER, Wash. DC
      7-12:   BIRDLAND, NYC
         15:   UBS Atrium Series Mid-Day Concert Series, Weehawken, NJ
         17:   
EQT JAZZ STAGE at Pittsburgh's "Light Up Night' Celebration
         18:   MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN’S GUILD,  Pittsburgh, Pa.