Pat Philips & Leonardo DiCaprio present FOREVER DJANGO Hot Gypsy Jazz Carnegie Hall May 1st
PAT PHILIPS-STRATTA, Producer
in Association with
LEONARDO & GEORGE DiCAPRIO
"Passing the Family Torch"
Hot Gypsy Jazz
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8 pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
With Release of "ATTITUDE MANOUCHE"
On RESILIENCE MUSIC ALLIANCE
DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS
DORADO, SAMSON, AMATI SCHMITT
LUDOVIC BEIER, PIERRE BLANCHARD
“These are some of the greatest musicians in the world!”
MELODY GARDOT & PAQUITO D’RIVERA
And Introducing Veronica Swift
It’s a celebration at the great hall as The Django Festival Allstars, critically acclaimed masters of 'gypsy jazz', a style pioneered by legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, will perform in New York at Carnegie Hall at 8 pm. The Allstars have been criss-crossing the US to sold-out crowds, standing ovations, and critical acclaim. At the Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl, Critic Scott Yanow wrote: “The highpoint of the entire festival was The Django Festival Allstars”.
On May 1st, DORADO SCHMITT will perform alongside his two sons, SAMSON and AMATI (Guitar soloists) ‘passing the family torch’ to them as his Dad did to him, carrying on the legacy of Gypsy Jazz. Performing alongside are top Allstar Soloists LUDOVIC BEIER (Accordion & Accordina) and PIERRE BLANCHARD (Violin). DOUDOU CUILLERIER scat singing and rhythm guitar brings the house down…plus gypsy cousin Fancko Mehrstein on rhythm with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on Bass.
… “the best jazz show in town! Imagine a stage filled with six contemporary Reinhardt descendants, and you'll get a sense that the collective talent pool on the bandstand is larger than the Arc de Triomphe!”… Wall Street Journal
Grammy-winning Vocalist, is a master of the art of capturing mood and emotion reminiscent of greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.
MELODY will perform Django's most important composition 'Nuages" with legendary Dorado Schmitt on Guitar.
Winner of 14 Grammy’s as top Clarinetist/Saxophonist with numerous recordings, travels the world in great demand for his enormous talent that defies categorization as he is highly acclaimed in areas of Jazz, Latin/Jazz , and Classical.
Acclaimed as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene, Veronica , 23, is touring with Chris Botti, performs regularly at Birdland, and soon to be touring Europe and the US.
The music of Django Reinhardt, legendary gypsy guitarist, speaks of Paris in the 20’s and 30’s when ‘gitane’ music filled the air, in the cafes and streets, in the countryside, a romantic Paris. In the gypsy camps, guitars swung with popular melodies, dizzying waltzes, the sweetness of the accordion and violin, campfires, gypsy life in full swing. swing.
The music is enrapturing…a feeling of freedom and abandon, the soul of Manouche gypsy life brought to life at Carnegie Hall upon the release of their new CD, “Attitude Manouche” on Resilience Music Alliance. Much to be performed onstage highlights original compositions keeping the Django style fresh and beyond.
The Django Festival Allstars are the top players that have emerged from the Django Festival held biannually at Birdland in New York, and founded-produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta. The traditions of gypsy jazz flourish today with music at the heart and soul of family life, . being passed down from one generation to another. The concert is dedicated to Maestro Stratta whose great musical talent and leadership set us on this path.