Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier, Peter Beets & Brian Torff
Sunday, August 3, 2014 Fort Adams State Park
Band/Personnel: Django Festival All-Stars | Samson Schmitt| Ludovic Beier| Pierre Blanchard | DouDou Cuillerier | Peter Beets | Brian Torff
Django Festival All-Stars
Samson Schmitt, son of legendary gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt from France, has played around the world with his Dad and especially in New York at the Django Reinhardt NY Festival for over 10 years. Here he has had the opportunity to play with US greats, Paquito D'Rivera, George Benson, Joe Lovano, Ken Peplowski, James Carter, an so many others who were guests of the Festival. He has also toured the top venues such as The Kennedy Center, The San Francisco Festival, Disney Hall, and many more. In Europe he has played alongside greats Angelo Debarre, Tchavolo Schmitt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Timbo Mehrstein, and Ludovic Beier. He tours Europe with his own bands and also with his father and two brothers Bronson and Amati.
Ludovic Beier, from Paris, has been a regular at the Festival on accordion and accordina, a very interesting instrument sometimes called a mouth accordion. He performs at major festivals all over the world alongside the greats of jazz. Born in 1978, jazz musician at heart since his childhood, Ludovic Beier is passionate about its "west-coast." Il découvre ses idoles (Chick Corea, George Duke, Charlie Parker, He discovered his idols (Chick Corea, George Duke, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, George Benson…) qui l'influencent au cours des années de sa formation musicale. Miles Davis, George Benson ...) that influence during the years of his musical training. In Europe, he played alongside the legendary guitarist Angelo Debarre which marked the beginning of his career as a jazz musician, and the rest is history. He traveled to NY to perform at Birdland, where he had an opprotunity to perform with Dorado Schmitt, Samson Schmitt, Tchavolo Schmitt and many great American Jazz greats, James Carter, Paquito D'Rivera et Frank Wess. He has recorded many CD's, the latest "Come Into My Swing". He the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall at the MAGIC OF TOOTS, Tribute to Toots Thielemans alongside Herbie Hancock, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins and others.
Pierre Blanchard also from France is a Violin virtuoso. When he is not joining the gypsies, Pierre performs with symphonies and other top artists, a very accomplished musician. He also teaches at top Universities in France. Trained at a very high level in the classical domaine (First Prize for Violin from the Conservatoire of Saint-Quentin in 1971, First Prize from the International Music University of Paris), Pierre Blanchard was quickly tempted by the adventure of improvisation and the Blue Notes in the mid 1970's. During this time he began to play "sideman" with his elders such as The Swing String System of Didier Levallet, who was recently Director of the French National Jazz Orchestra, the Jacques Thollot Quintet, and for five years with the Big Band of Martial Solal. Pierre has been performing at the Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland and touring in the US for many years now playing with the Dorado Schmitt Allstars. In 1984, he received from Stephane Grappelli "The violin of ichel Varlop", a prize whose goal is to present to the public the most talented artists from the french school of the jazz violin.
Photo: © Ayano Hisa. Gerald Clayton, 2011 Newport Jazz