Gypsy Jazz comes front and center to NYC this weekend when guitarist/composer Stéphane Wrembel brings his annual Django A Gogo Music Festival to The Town Hall on March 5th. The festival celebrates the music of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and brings together some of the finest musicians in the world to celebrate the constant evolution of the Sinti guitar style, commonly referred to as “gypsy jazz.”
The “All Star” concert on March 5th is the main event of the week-long Django A Gogo festival. (March 1st – 6th). The concerts follow the Django canon and will veer into reinterpretation, improvisation and interplay between artists from various backgrounds, performed at the highest level of musicianship. The Town Hall show will feature close to a dozen performers on this legendary stage, including Stéphane Wrembel, heralded French guitarists Raphaël Faÿs, Laurent Hestin, and Sebastien Felix; special guests from New Orleans, Russell Welch (guitar) and Aurora Nealand (saxophone/vocals); Daisy Castro (violin), Tommy Davy (guitar), Josh Kaye (guitar/Oud), David Langlois (washboard) and Ari Folman-Cohen (bass guitar). Tickets range from $47-$77 and are available at www.TheTownHall.org or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com
ABOUT STEPHANE WREMBEL & DJANGO
Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953), known by his Romani nickname Django, was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer. He was one of the first major jazz talents to emerge in Europe and has been hailed as one of its most significant exponents.
Stéphane Wrembel specializes in the style of Reinhardt. He learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside before graduating from Berklee College of Music. Wrembel has toured the world, while releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. He wrote music for 3 of Woody Allen’s movies including Vicki Cristina Barcelona (“Big Brother”), Midnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”) and the original score for the recently released, Rifkin’s Festival.
A BIT MORE ON THE DJANGO A GOGO FESTIVAL
Wrembel has been producing the Django A Gogo Festival since 2003. The 2022 Django a Gogo Music Festival & Guitar Camp concludes on Sunday, March 6th with a “jam session” at Barbés in Brooklyn at 6: 00 PM. with many of the performers from the various concerts. Tickets will be available at the door only.
Django a Gogo has been made possible through Villa Albertine, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States.
Gypsy Jazz at Django A Gogo will be a Socially Sparked® concert extravaganza not to be missed. This talented group of world class musicians led by renowned guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel represent an international mix of top talent that will please any musical palette. I had the pleasure of seeing Wrembel last winter at Dizzy’s Club NYC and was mesmorized by Wrembel and his band of musicians. – Abbe is Socially Sparked. Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01