Django Reinhardt Salute Moves to Rose Hall

Jazz/Blues   Django Reinhardt Salute Moves to Rose Hall
 
New York's annual salute to guitarist Django Reinhardt will be seen at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall for the first time this year, the producers announced.

"The Spirit of Dango Reinhardt" will take place at the two-year-old hall on August 1 at 8 p.m.

The lineup includes many of the same musicians who have appeared at several Reinhardt festivals at the club Birdland since 2000, including French guitarist Dorado Schmitt, a leading devotee of Reinhardt's "hot swing" style; Schmitt's son, Samson Schmitt; and accordionist Ludovic Beier. Tchavolo Schmitt, a cousin of Dorado Schmitt's and another guitarist, will appear for the first time.

The lineup also includes pianist Joel Frahm, bassist Brian Torff, violinist Florin Niculescu, and pianist Peter Beets. Torff is music director.

For more tickets, visit www.jalc.org or call Centercharge at 212-721-6500. Tickets are $37-$57.

Reinhardt, who grew up in a camp outside Paris, became a virtuoso guitarist despite burns that made two of the fingers on his left hand useless. In 1934, he founded the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with violinist Stephane Grappelli, playing a distinctly European variant of swing accompanied by bass and a second guitar. Reinhardt later took up the electric guitar and performed with American groups in the bebop style, but his most beloved and influential records are the Hot Club recordings of the 1930s. He died in 1953 of a stroke.


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