LEONARDO and GEORGE DiCAPRIO
PAT PHILIPS-STRATTA, Producer
"Passing the Family Torch"
Hot Gypsy Jazz!
Tuesday,May 1,2018 8PM
Stern Auditorium/Perlman Stage
DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS
DORADO, SAMSON & AMATI SCHMITT
LUDOVIC BEIER, PIERRE BLANCHARD
“These are some of the greatest musicians in the world”… Leonardo DiCaprio
MELODY GARDOT & KEN PEPLOWSKI
And Introducing Veronica Swift
It’s a celebration at the great hall as The Django Festival Allstars take center stage. They’ve been criss-crossing the US to sold-out crowds, standing ovations, and critical acclaim. At the Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl, Critic Scott Yanow wrote: “The highpoint of the entire festival was The Django Festival Allstars”
On May 1st, DORADO SCHMITT will perform alongside his two sons, SAMSON and AMATI (guitar soloists) ‘passing the family torch’ to them as his dad did to him, carrying on the legacy of Gypsy Jazz. Performing alongside are top Allstar soloists LUDOVIC BEIER (accordion & accordina) and PIERRE BLANCHARD (violin).
DouDou Cuillerier on rhythm guitar and scat singing brings the house down, along with gypsy cousin Fancko Mehrstein on rhythm and Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on Bass.
… “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!”..Wall Street Journal
MELODY GARDOT, Grammy-winning vocalist, is a master of the art of capturing mood and emotion reminiscent of greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone.
Melody will be performing Django Rhinehardt's most important composition, "Nuages," with the legendary Dorado Schmitt on guitar.
KEN PEPLOWSKI has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, Marianne Faithfull and Madonna.
The traditions flourish today with music as the heart and soul of family life, being passed down from one generation to another, as will happen on May 1st at Carnegie Hall.
The music is enrapturing…a feeling of freedom and abandon, the soul of Manouche gypsy life brought to life at Carnegie Hall upon the release of their new CD, Attitude Manouche, on Resilience Music Alliance, available Spring 2018.
Much of the music to be performed onstage highlights original compositions, keeping the spirit of Django fresh and beyond.
The Django Festival Allstars are the top players that have emerged from the Birdland Django Festival held twice a year, founded and co-produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta. The May 1 concert is dedicated to Maestro Stratta whose great musical talent and leadership set them upon this path.
SPONSORS: BIRDLAND, DOWNTOWN MUSIC, DOUGLAS REETZ , JOHN & JOAN D’ADDARIO FOUNDATION, JOHN PERSE STRINGS, THE KALICH ORGANIZATION
Tickets on sale February 1st at Carnegiehall.org
or Carnegie Charge 212 247 7800 and a the Carnegie Hall Box Office
At 57th Street and 7th Avenue
Critically acclaimed guitarist Roni Ben-Hur will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, at Blues Alley on March 20.
Ben-Hur– born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in New York City – has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. The Blues Alley show is partially sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. “Roni is an extraordinary musician. It is a pleasure and an honor to welcome him to Washington”, said Delphine Gamburg, Cultural Attache at the embassy of Israel in Washington.
Known for his sweet tone, infectious rhythm, lush harmonies and innovative improvisation, Ben-Hur effortlessly straddles the world of straight ahead jazz and the realm of samba jazz, evidenced by his work with masters in both fields, from pianist Barry Harris to vocalist Leny Andrade. His work has consistently earned him accolades from prestigious media outlets. The New York Times praised his “crisp, fluid style” and Time Out New York called him “a formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist.” The New York City Jazz record said, "Ben-Hur evokes the sprightliness of jazz’ contemporary guitar generation, dripping away each intricate refrain like melodic water. He harmonizes with his distinctive starry-eyed flair, setting forth a waterfall of pristine and pensive elaborations."
His latest recording project – to be released in spring 2018 via the Jazzheads imprint – finds him in league with bassist Harvie S. and drummer Tim Horner, exploring classics by jazz composers from Billy Strayhorn and Thelonious Monk to Kenny Dorham and Joe Henderson. The album, titled Introspection, also includes Brazilian numbers by Baden Powell and Ary Barroso, plus a Jerome Kern standard.
Ben-Hur will perform two shows at Blues Alley, at 8:00 and 10:00 PM. Tickets are $22.00.