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Django Reinhardt NY Festival Returns to Birdland

Scheduled for Nov. 15-20

Dorado Schmitt (right) and his son, Amati

From Nov. 15-20, the Django Reinhardt NY Festival, celebrating the music of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, will return to its home at New York’s Birdland club, featuring guitarists Dorado Schmitt and his son Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier and violinist Pierre Blanchard, as well as bassist Xavier Nikiq and Francko Mehrstein, Dorado’s cousin, on rhythm guitar.

“Rooted in gypsy culture, the festival is authentic in ‘heart and soul,’ real atmospheric sounds of excitement and romance with rip roaring performances and beautiful melodies telling of love with ‘original music’ that brings Django’s style to today,” according to a press release.

The festival’s six nights at Birdland will include different special guests-flutist-saxophonist on Nov. 15, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn on Nov. 16, saxophonist Grace Kelly on Nov. 17, harpist Edmar Castaneda on Nov. 18-19, and saxophonist Joel Frahm on Nov. 20.

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After its six-day stint at Birdland, the Django Reinhardt NY Festival will go on the road. Tour dates are as follows:

Nov. 22-23: The Dakota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nov. 25-27: The San Francisco Jazz Festival

Nov. 29: San Diego Atheneum

Dec. 4: Home Concert, Altadena, California

Dec. 8-9: Mizner Park Performing Center, Boca Raton, Florida

Dec. 11: The Faena Theater, Faena Hotel, Miami, Florida

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