The Django Festival Allstars Return to the US for Summer Tour and First-Time Performance at Dizzy's, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Article Contributed by Jazz Promo Services | Published on Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Django Festival Allstars are thrilled to announce their return to the United States for a highly anticipated summer tour, culminating in their debut performance at the prestigious Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, from July 11-14, 2024.

Renowned for their energetic and virtuosic performances, the Django Festival Allstars bring the legendary musical style of Django Reinhardt, known as "hot gypsy jazz," to life with a contemporary twist. Their shows are a captivating blend of infectious rhythms, swinging melodies, and heart-wrenching ballads, transporting audiences back to the romantic Paris of the 1920s and 1930s when Reinhardt and famed jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli created The Hot Club Quintette.

Leading the ensemble is Samson Schmitt, son of the legendary Manouche gypsy guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt. Schmitt’s virtuosity on the guitar is complemented by Ludovic Beier's masterful performances on accordion and accordina. Pierre Blanchard takes on the violin, channeling the spirit of Grappelli with his own dynamic flair. On rhythm guitar, Francko Mehrstein is recognized across Europe as one of the best in the genre, while Antonio Licusati on bass brings a swinging jazz feel to the ensemble's sound.

Their program features original compositions by these talented musicians, alongside some of Django’s well-known standards, promising an evening of music that will keep your feet tapping and your heart soaring.

Praise for the Django Festival Allstars includes:

  • "Hardest swinging band at the Newport Jazz Festival." — Downbeat Magazine
  • "The best show in town." — Wall Street Journal
  • "Sensational." — George Benson
  • "The highpoint of the entire Playboy Festival was The Django Festival Allstars." — Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene


Summer Tour Schedule:

  • June 14: Camden Opera House, Camden, ME
  • June 15: Regatta Bar, Charles Hotel, Boston, MA
  • June 16: Shakespeare and Co., Lenox, MA
  • June 19: Carlyle Hotel, Washington, DC
  • June 21: South Park Fair Grounds Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 22-23: Keystone Korner, Baltimore, MD
  • June 26: The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN
  • June 27-28: Rochester Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY
  • June 29: Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada
  • July 11-14: Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY
  • July 15: Hamptons Jazzfest, Hampton Bays (Canoe Island), NY
  • July 16: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • July 19: Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA
  • July 20: Freight and Salvage Theatre, Berkeley, CA
  • July 22: Artown Festival, Winfield Park, Reno, NV


The Django Festival Allstars promise to deliver an unforgettable musical experience that will leave audiences smiling and swinging long after the final note. Don't miss this opportunity to see the hardest swinging band live at a venue near you!