Django Reinhardt NY Festival Opens at Birdland in NYC

Django Reinhardt NY Festival
Django Reinhardt NY Festival
Django Reinhardt NY Festival

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The hot sounds of gypsy-influenced jazz guitar take over the NYC club Birdland where the Django Reinhardt NY Festival opens Tuesday, November 3. Among the artists scheduled to perform in the 10th Anniversary of this unique series are Tchavolo Schmitt and his nephew Samson Schmitt, Andreas Oberg, Ludovic Beier, Aurore Voilque and Ted Gottsegan. The festival specifically focuses on authentic gypsy jazz artists from Europe, but also includes cross-cultural collaborations through guest appearances from various American artists, as follows:

Nov. 3: Joel Frahm

Nov. 4: David Langlois (washboard percussionist)

Nov. 5: Terrell Stafford

Nov. 6: Edmar Castaneda

Nov. 7: Hendrik Meurkens

Nov. 8: Dominick Farinacci

The festival is organized by concert and special event impresarios Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, who also have plans to produce a 100th Birthday tribute concert to Django in February 2, 2010. Among the performers slated to perform in that concert is Dorado Schmitt, a legend in the gypsy jazz community. Schmitt will have a new CD, appropriately titled Family out in January 2010 on Dreyfus Jazz which is releasing a slew of recordings by artists influenced by Reinhardt.

For information about the festival, you can visit Birdland’s web site. Birdland is located at 315 W. 44th Street in NYC. Showtimes are at 8:30 & 11:00 PM. For reservations, call (212) 581-3080.