Django Festival Allstars
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The Django Festival Allstars, who wowed audiences at last year's NM Jazz Festival performance in Old Town, return with their unique, high-energy tribute to the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), 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. Reinhardt's driving, swinging style became known as "hot jazz" and it continues to grow in popularity. The Allstars bring this music fully into the 21st Century, adding their own creative interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions with stunning virtuosity, while honoring the "French Gypsy Jazz" traditions. They have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Birdland, the SF Jazz 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.