On September 28th there was a tribute to the, Belgian guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt at Pace Unviersity’s The Michael Schimmel Center.
Django who had a major influence in the Gypy Jazz space, was recognized on this night by a few great practitioners of the style: Pierre “Kamlo” Barre, Alfonso Pontecelli and Stephane Wrembel.
The musical tribute named Django’s Dream: A Gypsy Swing Festival curated by Livesounds.org, was a main feature of THE 9th ANNUAL NY GYPSY FESTIVAL Produced by Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede, which highlighted artists from India, Turkey, Macedonia, Italy, France, The Netherlands and the US.
If you are not familiar with Gypy Jazz, you definitely want to check out Pointicello, Kamlo and Wrembel. Each of these guitarist played a complete set of tunes backed by the Stephane Wrembel’s group: Dave Speranza on bass, Nick Anderson on drums and Roy Edwin Williams on Guitar. Also violinist Eva Slongo added her talent to the evening as a surprise. She happened to be in town and has previousy performed with Kamlo. She fit right in with this all star cast of musicians. To end the night, all of the artists came together on stage to perform a fantastic jam session.
It was really a great night of international sounds at The Michael Schimmel Center. To keep on the look out for coming musical events check out http://schimmel.pace.edu/ and http://livesounds.org/
- Django Reinhardt on Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)