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Pat Phillips, Producer, And Leonardo And George DiCaprio To Present "Forever Django," Hot Gypsy Jazz! On May 1 At Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perlman Stage

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These are some of the greatest musicians in the world. —Leonardo DiCaprio
Django Festival All-Stars
Forever Django “Passing the Family Torch"
Starring: Django Festival Allstars
Dorado, Samson & Amati Schmitt
Ludovic, Beier, Pierre Blanchard
Doudou Cuillerier, Antonio Licusati
Francko Mehrstein, Gino Roman

Special Guests: Melody Gardot and Ken Peplowski and Introducing Veronica Swift

It’s a celebration at the great hall as The Django Festival Allstars take center stage. They’ve been criss-crossing the US to sold-out crowd standing ovations, and critical acclaim. At the Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl, critic Scott Yanow wrote: “The high point of the entire festival was The Django Festival Allstars.”

On May 1st, Dorado Schmitt will perform alongside his two sons, Samson and Amati (guitar soloists) ‘passing the family torch’ to them as his dad did to him, carrying on the legacy of Gypsy Jazz. Performing alongside are top Allstar soloists Ludovic Beier (accordion & accordina) and Pierre Blanchard (violin). DouDou Cuillerier's scat singing and rhythm guitar bring the house down along with gypsy cousin Francko Mehrstein on rhythm and Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass.

“The best jazz show in town! Imagine a stage filled with six contemporary Reinhardt descendants, and you'll get a sense that the collective talent pool on the bandstand is larger than the arc de triomphe!”...Wall Street Journal

The traditions flourish today with music as the heart and soul of family life, being passed down from one generation to another, as will happen on May 1st at Carnegie Hall. The music is enrapturing… a feeling of freedom and abandon, the soul of Manouche gypsy life brought to life at Carnegie Hall, in advance of the release of their new CD, Attitude Manouche, on Resilience Music Alliance.

Much of the music to be performed onstage highlights original compositions, keeping the spirit of Django fresh and beyond. The Django Festival Allstars are the top players that have emerged from the Birdland Django Festival held twice a year, founded and co-produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta. The May 1 concert is dedicated to Maestro Stratta whose great musical talent and leadership set them upon this path.

The music is enrapturing… a feeling of freedom and abandon, the soul of Manouche gypsy life brought to life at Carnegie Hall, in advance of the release of their new CD, Attitude Manouche, on Resilience Music Alliance. Much of the music to be performed onstage highlights original compositions, keeping the spirit of Django fresh and beyond.

The Django Festival Allstars are the top players that have emerged fromthe Birdland Django Festival held twice a year, founded and co-produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta. The May 1 concert is dedicated to Maestro Stratta whose great musical talent and leadership set them upon this path.

Special Guests

Melody Gardot, Grammy-winning vocalist, is a master of the art of capturing mood and emotion reminiscent of greats like Mel Torme, Madonna, Bill Charlap, James Moody, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, and Erich Kunzel. He tours the world at major festivals and clubs.

Sponsors: Birdland, Downtown Music, Douglas Reetz, John & Joan D’addario Foundation, John Perse Strings, the Kalich Organization

Tickets on sale now at Carnegiehall.org or Carnegie Charge 212-247-7800 and at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

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