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Django Festival Allstars to Play Carnegie Hall

Gypsy-jazz event in May will feature guest spots by Melody Gardot and Ken Peplowski

The Django Festival Allstars, with Dorado Schmitt at center
The Django Festival Allstars, with Dorado Schmitt at center

The spirit of a certain celebrated Gypsy guitarist may have reason to be drifting around New York’s Carnegie Hall on May 1, when the Django Festival Allstars take the Perelman Stage for a concert, “Forever Django: Passing the Family Torch,” in support of their upcoming album, Attitude Manouche. The concert is being presented by Pat Philips-Stratta, the actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his father, the writer and performance artist George DiCaprio.

Led by the father-sons guitar team of Dorado, Samson and Amati Schmitt, and specializing in the Gypsy-jazz style popularized in the 1930s by Django Reinhardt, the Allstars will welcome two special guests for this performance: clarinetist Ken Peplowski and singer Melody Gardot. The program will feature both original compositions and material closely associated with Reinhardt.

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