Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars

Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars

Dorado Schmitt
& Django All-Stars

Thursday, November 13, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Dorado Schmitt

Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars

Pioneering Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt lamented that he might be neglected by history, but today the ebulliently swinging “jazz manouche” sound he created with French violinist Stéphane Grappelli is more pervasive than ever. And no one has done more to ignite interest in the idiom than dazzling French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt. Born to Gypsy parents near the German border in Lorraine, Schmitt was weaned on traditional Roma music and Gypsy jazz, but rebelled as a teenager by taking up electric guitar and emulating Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. After a decade of leading his own trio, he was nearly killed in a car crash, and spent years in physical therapy to regain his unrivaled guitar prowess. By the mid-90s he was a leading figure on the international Gypsy jazz scene, where he continues to represent the art form at its highest level. He’s joined by a cast of fiercely swinging compatriots, including the brilliant jazz accordionist Ludovic Beier and violinist Pierre Blanchard, who was tapped by Grappelli himself as a worthy successor. For this engagement, Schmitt and his ensemble celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Django Reinhardt Festival in the U.S.

Artist Personnel

Dorado Schmitt lead guitar, violin
Amati Schmitt guitar
Francko Mehrstein rhythm guitar
Ludovic Beier accordion, accordina
Pierre Blanchard violin
Xavier Nikq bass

Artist Website

"Mr. Schmitt has the springy phrasing and effusive flow of a Djangoloist; he’s clearly born to the style. " — The New York Times
"... lightning-fast finger work, powerful strumming, wild sweeps across the fingerboard and astonishingly fast tempos. " — Los Angeles Times