"The Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz, while not fluent in English, are dazzling making music. Most are young, many in their 20's, demonstrating that Django Reinhardt's Manouche gypsy jazz possesses the musical elasticity to elicit international acclaim over a quarter of a century later. "
- Elizabeth Ahlfors
DJANGO REINHARDT Festival Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz
Featuring: SAMSON SCHMITT, guitar
LUDOVIC BEIER, accordion and accordina
PIERRE BLANCHARD, violin
DOUDOU CUILLERIER, rhythm guitar
BRIAN TORFF, bass
"THE YOUNG LIONS OF GYPSY JAZZ" from France is returning to the US, 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 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!
The DJANGO REINHARDT 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 ! ).