Django Reinhardt Festival in New York City

Photos from festival held at Birdland in NYC in November 2010

One of the joys of autumn in New York for the past eleven seasons has been the annual Django Reinhardt NY Festival, produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta at Birdland. The week-long, always sold-out festival, pays tribute to the legendary gypsy jazz guitartist, who passed away in 1953. Since the inception of the Fetstival, the Schmitt family of Strausbourg, France, has been its centerpiece, playing Django’s music with American jazz giants.

Guest artist, clarinetist Anat Cohen, takes a solo at the sold-out Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland, November 5, 2010.
By Fran Kaufman
(left to right) Dorado Schmitt, Xavier Nikci, Amati Schmitt, Samson Schmitt, Anat Cohen
By Fran Kaufman
Amati Schmitt and Dorado Schmitt on guitars at the Django Reinhardt Festival
By Fran Kaufman
Pierre Blanchard on violin, Xavier Nikci on bass, Dorado Schmitt on violin and Samson Schmitt on guitar at the Django Reinhardt Festival
By Fran Kaufman
Dorado Schmitt, Samson Schmitt and Anat Cohen in performance at the Django Reinhardt Festival in NYC
By Fran Kaufman

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I attended the Festival on November 5 this year, as the great reed player, Anat Cohen, was the guest artist, along with Dorado Schmitt and his two sons, Samson and 14-year old Amati, who was making his debut at the Festival.

These photos capture some of the joy of the evening. The music, you’ll have to hear for yourself. For more, check out the festival's website.

1 Comment

  • May 07, 2011 at 01:48PM kamil

    The Schmitt's family do not come from Strausbourg but from the region Lorraine (Strausbourg is in the region Alsace!

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