DORADO SCHMITT & DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS

DORADO SCHMITT & DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS

ON-DEMAND: DEC 22 - MAR 16

PLEASE NOTE: SFJAZZ Member discount available only at SFJAZZ.org. If you purchase the concert on our website, you will be able to access and watch it in the app.

Pioneering 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 near the German border in Lorraine, Schmitt was weaned on traditional Roma music and jazz manouche style, 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 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 jazz manouche tradition, as well as the brilliant jazz accordionist Ludovic Beier and violinist Pierre Blanchard, who was tapped by Grappelli himself as a worthy successor.

DORADO SCHMITT & DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS

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  • Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival All-Stars

    ON-DEMAND: DEC 22 - MAR 16

    PLEASE NOTE: SFJAZZ Member discount available only at SFJAZZ.org. If you purchase the concert on our website, you will be able to access and watch it in the app.

    Pioneering guitarist Django Reinhardt lamented that he might be neglected by history, but today the ebulli...

  • Dorado Schmitt & Django Festival All-Stars perform "Tchavolo Swing"

    FRIDAYS LIVE PREMIERE: DEC 10 at 7.30pm PT
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    ON-DEMAND: DEC 22 – MAR 23, 2022
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    French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt leads the Django Festival All-Stars in a rollicking version of "Tchavolo Swing", performed during his Novemb...