1008 Brown St
Peekskill, NY 10566
“THE BEST JAZZ SHOW IN TOWN” is back by popular demand at the Paramount!
“Imagine a stage filled with contemporary Django Reinhardt descendants and you’ll get a sense that the collective talent pool on the bandstand is larger than the Arc de Triomphe!” – The Wall Street Journal
The Festival, started in 2000, found there was huge interest in Django’s style of HOT JAZZ. It has gone on to be a highly anticipated event twice a year, now in its 15th year, accompanied by major tours. The Allstar bands emerged out of the Festival which is also produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.
The Django Festival AllStars carry on the legacy of the brilliant gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt who was part of one of the most famous musical partnerships in European history with virtuoso jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
The AllStars, from France, bring the audience to their feet with lightning fast guitar finger work on standards such as “Minor Swing” and also put the crowd in a romantic mood with gorgeous melodies, hit songs of the past such as Django’s “Nuages”. The program includes many new original compositions that take the music beyond.
Django’s inspiration was Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington – sheer virtuosity with exuberant showmanship leaving a crowd breathless as it is with The Django Festival AllStars. Leonardo DiCaprio has become one of the biggest fans as is George Benson, Woody Allen…every great jazz guitarist was inspired by Django…Keith Richards, B.B.King, to name a few.
This November at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, The DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS will be headed by legendary French gypsy guitarist, DORADO SCHMITT along with virtuoso violinist Pierre Blanchard who “captures the true romantic fire of Grappelli”, and Ludovic Beier on accordion and accordina, who “was breathtaking and beautiful” says Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal. On rhythm guitar is Francko Mehrstein, cousin of Dorado, and Xavier Nikq, on bass…all are from France where the Festival started with the Hot Club Quintette.
“Expect buoyant rhythm, blinding technique, solid entertainment” says Nate Chinen of the NY Times.
DJANGO held it all together like a magnet, as do his descendants…. The Django Festival AllStars.
Special Guests: Sara Labriola and Cold Spring Caravan
Tickets are $30 or $40 (including all tax/fees – student prices available) call 904-739-0039 or visit http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/the-django-festival-allstars-and-friends/.