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Django's 100th Birthday at the Iridium: February 1-3, 2010


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Django Reinhardt At 100!
February 1,2, & 3

Dorado Schmitt, “Legendary Gypsy Guitar"
Samson Schmitt Gypsy Guitar
Marcel Loeffler, Accordion
Pierre Blanchard, Violin

From France!
Brian Torff, Bass
Borislav Strulev, Cello
Celebrated @ Iridium

February 1,2,3
With Surprises!
Special Tribute To Les Paul Monday, February 1
Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta

Celebrated at The IRIDIIUM, February 1, 2, & 3 and on tour!

Dorado Schmitt, legendary gypsy guitarist from France, has been at the center of the Django music resurgence in the US by appearing regularly at the Django Reinhardt NY Festival. Besides starring at the festival, he has toured the country with Allstar Bands promoting the Django Reinhardt style at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The SF Festival, Caramoor and more... to great acclaim.

His highly anticipated return to the US this January will be in a major tour celebrating the 100th Birthday of DJANGO REINHARDT, his idol, with a swing thru NYC at The IRIDIUM on February 1, 2, & 3 with a special tribute to the great LES PAUL on Monday, February 1. LES cited Django as one of his favorite guitarists, was a personal friend, and owner of one of Django's own 'guitars.

Accompanying DORADO SCHMITT will be SAMSON SCHMITT--his son, a young Gypsy Guitar star in his own right, MARCEL LOEFFLER--Virtuoso Accordionist, PIERRE BLANCHARD - Violin master, all from France, accompanied by Veteran Bassist BRIAN TORFF who performed for years with Grappelli.

The Django Allstar tour, celebrating Django's 100th birthday (which is January 24th), commences with an important concert at the Kennedy Center January 16, onto Minneapolis at the Dakota January 18 & 19, Yoshi's in Oakland Jan. 21-24, Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz January 25, Catalina's in LA January 26, 27, 28, The Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa January 29 & 30, onto NY at the IRIDIUM February 1, 2, 3, climaxing at the Montreal Jazz Festival February, 4, 5, 6 before heading back to France... Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta

DJANGO and GRAPPELLI met in the 30's in France to form The Hot Club Quintette which took Europe by storm and went on to become one of the most important musical partnerships in European history with a hot jazz rendition of American pop standards, influenced by Ellington, Armstrong and the like... Gypsy Jazz is still on the cutting edge and enjoying enormous success around the world. Young musicians as well as more established are digging into Django's music, a torrent of guitar lines on special string guitars with sounds all their own, easily recognizable, virtuosic, hot and romantic.

Celebrity musicians and actors admire the music such as Leonardo DiCaprio who's dog is named DJango, Sean Penn who starred in Woody Allen's film “Sweet and Lo Down" about this music, Willie Nelson records it, Tony Bennett wrote a lyric to Nuages, the most famous Django composition... and more.

“February 1, 2, 3, is the Centennial Celebration at one of NY's most important venues..." History making at THE IRIDIUM marking a music and master that continues to fascinate, inspire and bring joy...one that has endured the test of time...and is still swinging!

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This story appears courtesy of Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services.
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