The Grand Marnier Foundation Presents "The Spirit of Django Reinhardt" 2005

March 14, 2005

Producers Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta have assembled a cast that will undoubtedly keep the audience on the edge of its seats and to their feet during this hot swinging , romantic/melodic evening of musical heaven.

With Dorado Schmitt gypsy legend from the Lorraine region of France on Guitar leading the Concert of Django favorites, standards, some original material, sometimes breaking into romantic song , full of personality, and authenticity, the concert is in great hands!

Dorado is joined by Virtuoso Violinist Florin Niculescu, originally from Rumania and living in Paris, coming to Lincoln Center for the first time. Together they make musical history. Ludovic Beier, young Accordion whiz also from Paris returns by popular demand! Dorado’s son, Samson Schmitt, a star in Europe, joins Dad on rythm guitar. Newcomer, young Joscho Stephan, hails from Germany. His trio is joined also by his Dad, Gunter Stephan, on rhythm guitar and Max Schaaf on bass. He will dazzle you with his technique and mastery of the guitar. And Brian Torff, who toured for years with the great Stephane Grappelli, will be on Bass with Dorado and gang, and will be joined by drummer/percussionist David Sillerman, part of the event for the first time.

Add to all this Latin/Jazz Superstar, Paquito D'Rivera, who will be the special guest of the evening. Paquito has performed with some of the above before and is eager to step in again and join the musical fun. There will be pure “joy” in Alice Tully Hall on July 27th at 7 PM.

The Producers started The Django Reinhardt Festival almost 6 years ago at Birdland in New York and found a huge fanbase of the music of Django Reinhardt. With the success of the Festival came The Spirit of Django Concert and the opportunity for the American audiences to fall in love with many of the European artists who had never before performed in the US such as Dorado, Ludovic, and Samso. They have been returning and are joined by “new faces” in the world of the music of Django !

Several of these artists will travel to Yoshi's in Oakland, California after Lincoln Center and return in the Fall to The Kennedy Center, The Disney Theatre in Los Angeles, and The Django Festival to be held on Nov. 8 – 13 at Birdland, it’s home in New York City.

The music of Django Reinhardt has proven its staying power, having become prominent in the 30’s and 40’s when Django teamed with world class jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli to form the Hot Club Quintet. The Quintet made musical history as the most successful musical jazz partnership in European history. This hot swing form of Jazz is as alive as ever today, bringing new young musicians who are devoted to the unique style of Django. No form of music has weathered the trends in the industry over the years quite like this music, which has continued to maintain its charismatic presence. Joy to the audience! July 27th at 7 PM.

A new DVD will soon be released of The DJANGO REINAHRDT FESTIVAL 2003 and 2004 live from Birdland.

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