THE DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL ALL-STARS
The Django Festival All-Stars bring the musical legacy of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) fully into the 21st Century. Their unique, high-energy performances pay tribute to Reinhardt, who is considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time and the first European jazz musician to make major contributions to the development of the jazz guitar genre. Reinhardts driving, swinging style became known as "hot jazz" and it continues to grow in popularity. The Allstars honor the traditions of this "French Gypsy Jazz" adding their own creative interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions with stunning virtuosity. They have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Birdland, the SFJazz Center, and the Kennedy Center. The Wall Street Journal wrote, "Djangofest is 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!" Led for many years by legendary guitarist Dorado Schmitt, the Allstars currently feature Dorado's son, Samson Schmitt, lead guitar; Ludovic Beier, accordion and accordina; Pierre Blanchard, violin; Doudou Cuillerier, rhythm guitar and vocals; Antonio Licusati, bass.
“Expect buoyant rhythm, blinding technique, solid entertainment.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES The band grew out of the very successful DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL, going into its 16th successful year in America, with its home at Birdland and major tours across the country – and has been hailed by LEONARDO DICAPRIO as being made up of some of the greatest musicians in the world! HOT JAZZ harkens back to the ’30s and ’40s in Europe, where DJANGO teamed with top Jazz Violinist, STEPHANE GRAPPELLI, to create The HOT CLUB QUINTETTE of France…the greatest musical partners European history Jazz history.
The ALL-STARS follow in their footsteps, taking the music beyond with original compositions, hip improvisations, and some of Django’s lasting greats.
This ‘hot-swing’ form of jazz has its roots in American popular music and in the reverence for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other top American jazz figures. They swing like crazy and will break your heart with a ballad. Each of them are composers and while this music can harken back to the great music of the past, their interpretations, arrangements, virtuosity, and original compositions bring a newness to Django’s style and take it beyond.
TICKETS: $15/-, $25
There are several ways to buy tickets: Visit our Box Office, Order via phone, or Click the link below to purchase now, online:
Park Theatre Box Office
848 Park Avenue, Cranston RI 02910
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm