Dorado Schmitt Returns to Birdland with Django Festival Allstars

Article Contributed by Jazz Promo Services | Published on Monday, November 5, 2018

The ‘hot swing’ musical style of DJANGO holds the crowd like a magnet. The Django Reinhardt NY Festival continues at Birdland for the 19thsuccessful year, Nov. 6-11. Legendary gypsy great Dorado Schmitt from the Alsace region of France returns with the joy of playing alongside his two sons Samson & Amati, guitar virtuosos of the style.   Dorado turns more and more to violin, taught to him by his father as in the gypsy tradition and is passing the torch.  The Band is ‘on fire’, ripping thru hot swinging numbers and will break your heart with a ballad,  influenced musically  by the top French Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli as well as America’s Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Dorado Schmitt (Guitar & Violin) “Buoyont rhythm, blinding technique…solid entertainment”-Nate Chinen NY Times

Samson Schmit (Guitar)  “Lightening licks and melodic genius”
Featured soloists:
Ludovic Beier (accordion& Accordina) “Played like an angel..reminiscent of Toots Thielemans at his zenith - Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine

Pierre Blanchard (violin)- Prodigy of Stephane Grappelli … lights the fire all night 
“Best Jazz Show in town”-Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
Special Guests:  Edmar Castaneda (Jazz Harp):  Nov. 6                             
                             Evan Sherman (Percussion):             7
                             Joel Frahm (Sax):                         8 & 9
                             Grace Kelly (Sax and Vocals ):  Nov. 10 & 11

The Band is joined by  gypsy ‘cousins’ Francko Mehrstein on Rhythm Guitar and Gino Roman on Bass. 
See month-long tour schedule:  
      6-11: BIRDLAND, New York City
          15: REGATTA BAR  Charles Hotel, Boston, Mass.
         17: KOERNER HALL Toronto, Canada 
         19: OUTPOST PERFORMING ARTS  Alburquerque, NM
         20: LOBERO THEATRE Santa Barbara, Calif.
         23-25:  SFJAZZ Minor AUDITORIUM  San Francisco, Calif.
           27:  NEWMARK THEATRE Portland Oregon
           28:  HARRIS CENTER Folsom, Calif.
315 w. 44THStreet  (Bet. 8THand 9thavenues)
Reservations:  212 581-3080 or www.