Django Reinhardt Festival Allstars featuring Dorado Schmitt Return!
The DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL carries on the legacy of legendary gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT, but with some new songs and new interpretations keeping it fresh, exciting, cutting-edge…but true to the HOT JAZZ, ROMANTIC, style which has exploded across the US.
Dorado Schmitt, legendary Manouche gypsy guitarist from the Strasbourg region of France, has returned to Birdland 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.
A Django look alike with his pencil thin mustache, gifted on the guitar and also the violin, Dorado suffered a terrible accident years ago as Django Reinhardt did in his life. Dorado's was a car accident that put him in a lengthy coma 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 stands as one of the most demanded gypsy jazz artists in the business, playing with musicians in this style all over the world. Artist Official Website Audio/Video Clips
Tickets: $30 early show; $25 later show