Written by Jim Eigo:
AIR FRANCE Presents
Django Reinhardt NY Festival
"The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz"
Return to BIRDLAND June 19 – 24
With Top Women in Jazz as Guests !
Plus ! All Aboard "World Yacht" August 3rd –
Birdland Django Reinhardt NY Festival branches out
"Hot Jazz on the Hudson"
with The Hot Club of Detroit
The annual Django Reinhardt NY Festival now is semi-annual,
June and November, due to public demand for this very popular event of HOT JAZZ.
The Festival is produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.
Returning are ‘THE YOUNG LIONS OF GYPSY JAZZ' from France headed by SAMSON SCHMITT,
guitar great and son of legendary gypsy star Dorado Schmitt, who will return in
November. Samson, out on his own now, is a rising star all over Europe. He grew
up alongside his Dad on the Birdland stage having appeared for over 10 years, full
of talent and personality. Samson comes from the Strasbourg region of France, part
of the Manouche gypsy culture, and is joined by the very popular LUDOVIC BEIER on
Accordion and Accordina. He is a familiar favorite face on the Hot Jazz scene at
Birdland and on tour, along with PIERRE BLANCHARD, great Violinist, both from Paris.
A newcomer last year, French Rhythm Guitarist DOUDOU CUILLERIER, created a great
energy, and his surprise Scat-Singing brought the house down. Our very own BRIAN
TORFF supports the band on Bass and by Hosting the fun on the stage! Special Guest
is EVAN PERRI of "The Hot Club of Detroit". Their new CD "Junction" will be released
in July by MackAvenue Records.
In addition !!
Top Women In Jazz join each night as Guests: ANAT COHEN/June 19 & 20, GRACE KELLY/
21 & 22, and CYRILLE AIMEE/23 & 24.
The DJANGO REINHARDT NY FESTIVAL carries on the legacy of legendary gypsy guitarist
DJANGO REINHARDT, but with some new songs and new interpretations keeping it fresh,
exciting, cutting-edge…but true to the HOT JAZZ, ROMANTIC, style which has exploded
across the US. It all started at Birdland in 2000 with the launching of the Festival
and continued with tours including prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center,
Disney Hall in LA, and The San Francisco Festival. (In November they will again
be back at this important Festival as they celebrate its 30-year anniversary at
the SF Performing Arts Center !) Birdland, home' of Django's music in the US will
be swinging June 19 – 24, joined by great Women in Jazz.
The Festival is also branching out
Birdland Django Reinhardt NY Festival
On WORLD YACHT, August 3rd
With "The Hot Club of Detroit"
For Info: www.worldyacht.com
The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz will also appear at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston
on June 15th and 16th !
Participating Sponsors at Birdland are:
RD WRIGHT, INC.
Historic HOTEL EDISON (47TH street and Eighth Avenue) 212 840-5000
JOHN PEARSE STRINGS
Birdland: 315 W. 44th Street (bet. 8th and 9th Avenues)
Reservations - 212 581 3080 or
Full Dinner Menu - Parking Nearby Shows: 8:30 and 11:00 pm