Amati Schmitt & Django All-Stars
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Amati Schmitt
Gypsy Jazz Genius

Amati Schmitt & Django All-Stars

Nov 07 - Nov 10, 2019
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

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. “Clearly born to the style,”(NY Times) 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. Schmitt is joined by a cast of fiercely swinging compatriots including his son, Amati Schmitt, who represents the future of the Gypsy tradition, as well as the brilliant jazz accordionist Ludovic Beier and violinist Pierre Blanchard, who was tapped by Grappelli himself as a worthy successor.

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Schmitt is joined by a cast of fiercely swinging compatriots including his son, Amati Schmitt, who represents the future of the Gypsy tradition.

The best jazz show in town.

The Wall Street Journal

The best jazz show in town.

The Wall Street Journal

Personnel

Amati Schmitt guitar
Francko Mehrstein guitar
Pierre Blanchard
violin
Ludovic Beier accordion & accordina
Gino Roman bass

...lightning-fast finger work, powerful strumming, wild sweeps across the fingerboard and astonishingly fast tempos.

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

Amati Schmitt guitar
Francko Mehrstein guitar
Pierre Blanchard
violin
Ludovic Beier accordion & accordina
Gino Roman bass

...lightning-fast finger work, powerful strumming, wild sweeps across the fingerboard and astonishingly fast tempos.

Los Angeles Times

Watch & Listen

Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars

Minor Swing

Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars

Nuages

Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars

Minor Swing

Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars

Nuages