Dorado Schmitt & The Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars
Thursday, November 15, 8pm
$25 / $30
Featuring: Dorado Schmitt, guitar
Ludovic Beier, accordion
Pierre Blanchard, violin
Xavier Nikq, bass
Francko Mehrstein, rhythm guitar
The DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL ALLSTARS, from the Django Festival at Birdland in NYC,produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta
Dorado Schmitt, legendary Manouche gypsy guitarist from the Strasbourg region of France, returns to adoring fans. Schmitt started coming to the US in 2002 and has been a star attraction at major festivals and at Birdland in NY, home of the Django Reinhardt NY Festival, and played alongside some of the US's most important jazz artists, James Carter, Paquito D'Rivera, George Benson, Joe Lovano, Harry Allen, and so many others.
Dorado Schmitt, a Django look alike with his pencil thin mustache gifted on the guitar and also the violin, suffered a terrible accident years ago as Django Reinhardt did in his life. Dorado's was a car accident that put him in a coma for a long time and damaged his body, but he miraculously recovered. Django lost two fingers in a fire in his caravan which led to the incredible style of music he created due to his special fingering on the guitar. Dorado carries on the legacy of Django with the help of other gifted musician and is a legend of 'GYPSY JAZZ'. .
He was revealed to the general audience thanks to the "Latcho Drom" movie, telling the real story of the Rom people moving from India to the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. He was born in St-Avold, Lorraine, on May 29th, 1957 and was surrounded by musicians throughout his youth, especially his father. and pickedup the guitar ar 7.At around 15/16 years old , his preferences went towards pop and rock music played by Santana or Jimmy Hendrix… But in 1978 the ‘Dorado Trio’ with fellow musicians Gino Heplays on violin and Hono Winterstein on guitar. He went on to play alongside the greats Bireli Lagrene, Sochelo Rosenberg and so many more greats. Dorado stands as one of the most demanded gypsy jazz artists in the business, playing with musicians in this style all over the world.
"...the sound of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist (Django) is irresistable, an earthy exuberance not to be missed. He influenced most of the great guitarists from Les Paul to Eric Clapton to Jimmy Hendrix, Black Sabbath and B.B King to name a few. History tells that Django teamed with incredible jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli to form one of the greatest jazz partnerships in Europe, the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the pre-war1930's. This music has been in Woody Allen's film "Sweet and Lodown", Chocolat...Stardust Memories...with it's driving rhythms and intricate harmonies. Reinhardt's manouche gypsy jazz possesses the musical elastisity to elicit international aclaim over a quarter of a century later...it makes you feel good"