18th Django Reinhardt Festival Scheduled for July 4-9

Performances feature Django Festival Allstars plus "Young Women in Jazz" special guests

Django Festival Allstars (from left: Antonio Licusati, Pierre Blanchard, Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier and Doudou Cuillerier)
Django Festival Allstars (from left: Antonio Licusati, Pierre Blanchard, Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier and Doudou Cuillerier) (photo courtesy of Birdland)
Grace Kelly (photo by Jimmy Katz)
Jazzmeia Horn (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Veronica Swift (image courtesy of the artist)
Veronica Swift (image courtesy of the artist)

The 18th Django Reinhardt Festival at NYC’s Birdland (315 W. 44th St.) will take place from July 4-9 as the final stop of the Django Festival Allstars summer tour. The festival, which premiered in 2000, focuses on presenting gypsy jazz as developed by Reinhardt and his contemporaries.

The Allstars (guitarists Samson Schmitt and Doudou Cuillerier, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard and bassist Antonio Licusati) will be joined at the festival by “Young Women in Jazz” special guests for two nights each:

  • July 4-5: vocalist Veronica Swift
  • July 6-7: saxophonist Grace Kelly
  • July 8-9: vocalist Jazzmeia Horn

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.birdlandjazz.com.

Django Festival Allstars Tour Dates

June 10: Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
June 11: Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Healdsburg, CA
June 12: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
June 15: Winningstad Theatre at Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Portland, OR
June 17: DjangoVegas Festival, Las Vegas, NV
June 18: Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM
June 21: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ
June 23-24: Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
June 25: Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
June 28: Nighttown, Cleveland, OH
June 29: Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
June 30: Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA
July 1: Park Theatre at Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts, Cranston, RI
July 2: Chocolate Church Arts Center, Portland, ME
July 3: Le Gesù at Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montreal, QC
July 4-9: Birdland, New York, NY