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The Django Centennial Tour at Iridium Jazz Club

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The New Yorker Hotel
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Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta Present:

Django Centennial Tour
(Django Reinhardt Bio)
With the DjangoAllstars
Dorado Schmitt on Gypsy Guitar
Samson Schmitt on Gypsy Guitar
Marcel Loeffler on Accordion
Pierre Blanchard on Violin
Brian Torff on Bass and Musical Direction
Borislav Strulev on Cello
Curtis Stigers on Vocals

at
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway, Corner of 51st St, NYC
212.582.2121
www.iridiumjazzclub.com

Manager: Scott Barbarino
Media: Jim Eigo: jazzpromo@earthlink.net


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 2, 2010


Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta brought the exciting Django Centennial Tour, for Django Reinhardt’s 100th Birthday, to Iridium, the renowned theatre district Jazz Club, and the house was packed. In spite of this cold, wet winter, Django fans, Iridium fans, and Dorado and Samson Schmitt fans were all on hand for a rousing celebration of engaging, electrically charged gypsy guitars. Pat Philips, as always, graciously introduced the band, one at a time, as the music built to textured tones and racing rhythms. Dorado took his violin first, and introduced a composition in honor of Ettore Stratta, Producer. Marcel Loeffler took a long accordion solo, and the piece enveloped the Club in rapturous, grand eloquence.

A Cole Porter song followed, “A Fine Romance”, that sizzled with rapid Swing, as Pierre Blanchard came onstage on vivacious violin. The Schmitt guitar duo braced the audience, as guests leaned forward, for buoyant, bubbly musicality. Next, Pierre Blanchard’s solo violin brought exotic melodies, deep and rare, to “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”. Dorado, Samson, Brian, and Marcel backed Pierre with stylized fusion. “What Is This Thing Called Love?” was shared by Dorado and Pierre as leads, with Samson on rhythms and Marcel on guest solos. “Bossa Dorado” featured Brian Torff, who has been directing the Stratta-Philips’ DjangoFests for years, and he’s well versed in the repertoire. A third guitar on rhythmic backup joined the ensemble, while Pierre Blanchard magnified the momentum.

Soon Borislav Strulev, renowned jazz cellist, debuted a new Roger Kellaway arrangement of “Nuages”, and Borislav played a richly resonant introduction for cello, bass, and violin, that melded with Marcel Loeffler’s exhilarating accordion. Curtis Stigers then took the stage for scat-infused vocals, and everyone had a turn as soloist, including Curtis, as the vocal instrument. When “Body and Soul” was spotlighted, Marcel’s solo accordion vibrantly carried the theme, intermixed with vocal scat. “Sweet Georgia Brown” closed this second and last set of the night, and Iridium swelled with luscious, lively Swing! I stopped by the dressing room to greet the musicians and express my gratitude and enthusiasm in my best French. Kudos to Stratta and Philips for another glorious presentation of the Django genre.




Marcel Loeffler on Accordion,
Dorado Schmitt on Violin,
Brian Torff on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pierre Blanchard on Violin,
Marcel Loeffler, and Brian Torff
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pierre Blanchard and Marcel Loeffler
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pierre Blanchard, Marcel Loeffler,
Brian Torff, Dorado Schmitt
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Brian Torff, Dorado Schmitt,
Samson Schmitt, Guest Guitarist
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Borislav Strulev on Cello,
Pierre Blanchard, Marcel Loeffler
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Borislav Strulev, Pierre Blanchard,
Marcel Loeffler
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Curtis Stigers on Vocals,
Pierre Blanchard, Marcel Loeffler,
Brian Torff, Dorado Schmitt
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Curtis Stigers, Pierre Blanchard,
Marcel Loeffler
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Pierre Blanchard, Marcel Loeffler,
Brian Torff, Dorado Schmitt
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



The DjangoFest Ensemble
Takes a Bow
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net