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All-Star Tour in Celebration of Django’s 100th Birthday

Dorado Schmitt and other noted gypsy musicians on tour now in North America

Samson Schmitt
Dorado Schmitt
Pat Philips, Regina Carter, Dorado Schmitt and Samson Schmitt

In an extension of the Django Reinhardt Festival that takes place in the fall every year at Birdland in NYC, the Django All-star tour is celebrating Django’s 100th birthday (which is on January 24, 2010) with a series of performances at Iridium in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Dakota in Minneapolis, Yoshi’s in Oakland, Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, Catalina’s in Los Angeles and venues in other cities. The feature attraction of the shows is Dorado Schmitt, the noted gypsy guitarist, who will be accompanied by his son Samson Schmitt (guitar), Marcel Loeffler (accordion), Pierre Blanchard (violin) and Brian Torff (bass). Many of the shows also feature special guests, such as David Grisman at Yoshi’s in Oakland.

The tour is being produced by the venerable production team of Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta. The two have been involved with producing shows with Gypsy musicians for many years. Philips told JT that it all started with Stephane Grappelli, the violinist who first came to prominence as a member of Reinhardt’s renowned and influential Hot Club Quintette. “Back in 1988, we produced Stephane’s 80th birthday concert at Carnegie Hall. That concert included Yo-Yo Ma as a special guest. We went on to produce concerts for Stephane’s 81st, 83rd and 85th birthdays. And we did his memorial concert, which included lots of great guitarists.”

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