Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars

Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars


Dorado Schmitt

& Django All-Stars
with John Jorgenson

Saturday, October 26, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Dorado Schmitt and Django All-Stars
Tribute to Django Reinhardt Series: Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars  

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. 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. Schmitt’s all-star ensemble is joined for this engagement by American guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson, a veteran of work with Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and the Desert Rose Band, who is a superlative interpreter of Django Reinhardt’s music and was the first American to headline the annual Reinhardt festival in France. In fact, Jorgenson portrayed Reinhardt on-screen in the 2004 feature film Head in the Clouds, starring Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz. Don’t miss this hugely entertaining run of fretboard fireworks!

Artist Personnel

Dorado Schmitt lead guitar, violin
Amati Schmitt lead guitar
Francko Mehrstein rhythm guitar
Ludovic Beier accordion and accordina
Pierre Blanchard violin
Brian Torff bass

John Jorgenson
guitar, clarinet, vocals

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
"…the equivalent of a master class in gypsy jazz. " — The Washington Post on John Jorgenson