You can now purchase Bistro Fada on SoundSlice. This is a great tool if you want to learn how to play this song.
The guest line up is just incredible: 9 world-class players for a world-class show!
John Intrator: a master French/American violinist. Fourth time on board!
– Sebastien Felix: A Sinti gypsy from France, one of the finest players of Django Reinhardt’s music.
– Kamlo: Although born in France, Kamlo grew up in Tunisia and Spain. This gives him a very special Mediterranean and Flamenco twist on Django’s style.
– Howard Alden: One of the most renowned contemporary American Jazz guitarists, also heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt. In addition to being Sean Penn’s coach for the film, Alden is the one you will hear playing the guitar in Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown”.
David Langlois: David is THE world specialist of washboard, an unforgettable voice in the world of Dixieland, Django and Swing Jazz.
THE DATES, VENUES AND SHOWS:
Each show will be slightly different. They are carefully crafted so you could attend any of the shows and not see the same thing twice!
We will open the festival in New York City at Joe’s Pub. Believe it or not, we are playing 6 different shows there!!! Each one will have a different color and personality, a different vibe…
We will perform the four periods of Django, in order, with historical development. The late shows will be special live performances of two Woody Allen soundtracks!
Friday, June 5: Joe’s Pub – 3 shows
7pm: Django: First recordings and musette : The Django a Gogo band will perform a collection of amazing musette waltzes (The early musical style of “Parisian Be-bop”; incredible virtuoso waltzes), and early swing that influenced Django’s career. We will discuss the accident that left Django with only two fingers in his left hand and how he overcame this tragedy We will then perform Django’s entire first record live!
9pm: Django 1934-1939 : This range of time is called the first period. This is where the signature sound of the quintet, The Hot Club Of France, was crafted. This is a time period when “Minor Swing” and other similar songs were composed. 5 years of magic!
11pm: The “Midnight in Paris” soundtrack: The whole band will perform “Bistro Fada”, the theme composed by Stephane Wrembel, but will also perform, their own renditions of the songs from the Grammy winning soundtrack. Who knows what will happen at midnight…
Saturday, June 6: Joe’s Pub – 3 shows
7pm: Django 1940-1946: The second period. The one that gave birth to Django’s most famous composition “Nuages” (I promise an epic version!). During this show, we will discuss the war times, and its influence on Django’s music. During this time, he developed a more impressionistic style.
9pm: Django 1946-1953: The last period. Influenced by Bebop and American Jazz, Django produced some of his hottest material during this time!
11pm: The “Sweet and Lowdown” soundtrack: The whole band will perform the music composed by Howard Alden for this legendary masterpiece. If you would like to hear the man who played in the film, this is your chance! You will have the unique experience of hearing “Sweet and Lowdown’s” songs performed by a band of Gypsies!
Sunday, June 7: Barbes – Every hour a different band, and workshops with the masters in the afternoon! Each workshop is $40.
4:30-6pm: Sebastien Felix.
The line up for the night will be revealed on the morning of June 7. Shows will run between 7pm-midnight.
Wednesday, June 10: Regattabar in Boston, MA. TWO SHOWS! 7:30 and 10pm. Each show will be one 90-minute, dynamite performance. We will blast Django’s songs and our own Woody Allen compositions. If you have been to a Django a Gogo before, you know what I mean…No prisoners! Each show will be different!
Thursday, June 11: One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME. One show at 9pm. The show will be one 90-minute, dynamite performance. We will blast Django’s songs, and our own Woody Allen compositions. If you have been to a Django a Gogo before, you know what I mean…No prisoners!
Friday, June 12: The Egg in Albany NY. One show at 8pm. The show will be one 90-minute, dynamite performance. We will blast Django’s songs, and our own Woody Allen compositions. If you have been to a Django a Gogo before, you know what I mean…No prisoners!
Ok I think you got the idea of what we are doing for the rest of the tour!
Saturday, June 13: The World Café Live in Philadelphia PA. One show at 8pm. Same awesome lineup, but my good friend Barry Warhaftig will sit in with us for a couple of songs!
Sunday, June 14: The Birchmere in Alexandria VA (Next to DC). One show at 7:30pm. That’s the Coda of the tour.
Remember, info and tickets are always available on my website!
For those of you who want to read more, here are four portraits of our guests for this incredible edition:
DJANGO A GOGO: PORTRAITS
Sinti Swing: Sebastien Felix and John Intrator
At a glance:
The guitarist Sébastien FELIX comes from a well-known and musically illustrious French Sinti family, and Sébastien’s musical personality is deeply rooted in his gypsy origins. His sensitivity, his lyricism and his virtuosity always serve the music, which is why he is so appreciated by musicians such as Tchavolo Schmitt , Mandino Reinhardt, Lulu Reinhardt and the Rosenberg Trio, among others. He performs regularly in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and in the USA with his musical partner, John Intrator.
Better than a bio: Quotes!
“Violinist John Intrator and guitarist Sebastian Felix are masters of the Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli string swing style that has been dubbed “Gypsy Swing.” Intrator is inspired by both Grappelli and violinist Claude Williams while Felix extends the legacy of Django….There are many brilliant musicians currently exploring Gypsy Swing (which is a major movement in Europe) but Intrator and Felix are two of the finest.” – (Scott Yanow / Los Angeles Jazz Scene)
“Most of the fireworks were reserved for the second set, when Wrembel augmented his band with three world-renowned guitarists — seven-stringer Howard Alden, Spain’s Biel Ballester and France’s Sebastian Felix — and three violinists, including the French virtuoso John Intrator.” – (Washington Post)
“Crazy rhythms, skill, technical mastery …John Intrator certainly deserves the compliments he received from Stéphane Grappelli… Quite simply superb!” – (FESTIVAL de JAZZ de SERRES)
“Intrator is an excellent violinist who is able to play both bop and swing with equal facility…a creative player with a fine feel for melodic improvisation and a sure sense of rhythm.” – (Fiddler Magazine)
“John Intrator is forging a personal language composed of elements from swing fiddle and a nice touch of bebop.” – (Matt Glaser, Chairman Strings Department, Berklee College of Music, Boston)
“Without ever forcing his virtuosity, Sebastien brings swing and fluidity to his long, limpid and melodic lines, which he articulates with beautiful clarity… In superb form on the Latin numbers, the violinist John Intrator plays the ballads with sensitivity and elegance and brings excellent drive to the swing tunes… pure gypsy swing played with sophistication, brilliance and ease. Bravo!” – (Francis Couvreux, REVUE ETUDES TSIGANES)
– Sebastien Felix home jam: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sebastien+felix
– Sebastien Felix trio “Bossa Dorado”:
– Sebastien Felix, John Intrator and the Django a Gogo All Star 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iBa6p5y4xQ
At a glance:
Kamlo is a master guitar player, influenced greatly by Django Reinhardt, but also by Middle Eastern music forms, as well as Flamenco. These influences give him a very personal and original voice in the Gypsy Jazz/Django world. Kamlo recorded three albums in his own name, and many as a guest artist. Nomadic in his soul, he tours the world year round with his guitar.
Kamlo was born in 1968 in Nantes, France. From the age of six, he spent much of his life living throughout the Mediterranean basin: Beirut, Tunis, Casablanca, and Madrid… In Tunisia, he studied Oboe with Slovakian master Vladimir Mally, who infused a sense of musical freedom in him, and the will to pursue his quest for knowledge. At age 17, he discovered Flamenco in Madrid. That was a revelation for his path as a guitarist. Jazz, Flamenco, World Music, he listens, studies and integrates the broadest variety of styles in his playing.
In 1993, Kamlo discovered Django and the Gypsies. He became the pupil of a very famous French master, Jean-Philippe Watremez. In 1998, he recorded for the first time on Master Watremez’s album “Mosaiques”. He then gained a great deal of exposure and his talents were in high demand.
Also during this time, he spent a number of years at “La Chope Des Puces” in Saint Ouen (Near Paris) receiving a traditional initiation from Gypsy legends Mondine and Ninine Garcia. To study with these masters is a rare gift, as this community is a very private circle.
Since then, Kamlo composed and recorded three albums of his own, and he now tours year round with his trio, or as a guest, playing many festivals and renowned clubs all over the world.
At a glance:
Howard Alden has been a major voice in the world of Jazz guitar for over 30 years. He recorded at least 30 records under his own name or as a guest, and recorded the guitars heard in the Woody Allen film “Sweet and Lowdown”. He also composed a few tracks on that soundtrack, and coached Sean Penn to play for his role in the film.
“He may be the best of his generation,” writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is “the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.” And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is “…one of the very finest young guitarists working today.”
It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.
Born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958, Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. Soon he was working professionally around Los Angeles playing in groups ranging from traditional to mainstream to modern jazz. In 1979, Alden went east, for a summer in Atlantic City with Red Norvo, and continued to perform with him frequently for several years.
Upon moving to New York City in 1982, Alden’s skills, both as soloist and accompanist, were quickly recognized and sought-out for appearances and recordings with such artists as Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache` and Woody Herman.
Howard can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen film “Sweet and Lowdown”, starring Sean Penn, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a legendary jazz guitarist in the ’30s. Howard not only played all the guitar solos, but also coached Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film.
– Sweet and lowdown medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNAZf6EBfEc
– In duet with Anat Cohen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQwuiDfVDnY
At a glance:
David Langlois is the most original voice in the world of washboard. He reached a level of musicality and virtuosity unmatched to this day. He is renowned in the world of the Django/ Gypsy jazz players, and appears frequently in many of the gypsy festivals worldwide.
David Langlois was born in Paris, France, where he took up the drums at age fifteen. At nineteen, he was hired as a full time musician playing the drums and washboard. It was at this time David invented his signature washboard instrument, and polished his unique washboard technique, which immediately attracted many diverse and professional music opportunities.
In 2003, after studying percussion techniques in Africa, Asia and Central America, David moved to New York and has since collaborated with Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, David Grisman, Paquito D’ Rivera, Angelo Debarre, Dorado Schmitt, Roger Kellaway, Stephane Wrembel, The Blue Vipers and many others.
The uniqueness, originality and creativity of David’s work has garnered a lot of media attention. Most recently, he was featured in Modern Drummer Magazine‘s November 2013 issue with a three-page spread and videos. In January 2014, his work was covered in the Wall Street Journal’s Culture section with an article titled “Musician Takes the Kitchen Sink on Tour.”
David performs regularly in prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Birdland, Iridium, Joe’s Pub, and The Knitting Factory.
In addition to his live performances, he has recorded for various musicians on 18 albums, 3 concert DVDs and 5 films.
- David’s interview and demonstration for “Modern Drummer” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPry7ZzFYIM
- David’s solo (at 2:10) Django A Gogo 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NuK_8wppMQ
Review of Show in Charlotte, NC
Photos from Charlottesville, VA
After much anticipation Stephane and his band are ready to kick off the Dreamers of Dreams tour with their friends at Joe’s Pub in New York City! Please join them on September 13 at 9pm for a chance to hear Stephane and his band perform the album for the first time, and to get a copy of the new CD. Stephane’s seventh studio album takes you on a musical journey through image provoking compositions inspired by the band’s own worldwide experiences. Stay tuned for additional tour dates! Tickets can be purchased here.
We are excited to announce that the new album has been recorded and mixed! The finishing touches are still in the works, but a finished product is right around the corner. We are also working on our live show weekly on Sunday nights at Barbes in Brooklyn. If you’re in the NYC area, come check out a show, and stay tuned for the official album release dates as well as new tour dates. It’s going to be BIG! (more…)
Stephane and His Band are heading to Korea for two special shows in October! Starting in Seoul, Korea on October 3rd and Busan on October 5th for the 18th Busan International Film Festival.
We are also very excited to announce the release of Origins in South Korea very soon. This will be an exciting opportunity to expand our horizons, learn about new cultures and spread our music throughout the world.
Stay up to date with pictures and blog posts from Stephane in the Travelogue!
On September 28, 2013, Stephane will step back into his roots and curate an enchanting evening of music entitled “Django’s Dream: A Gypsy Swing Festival” as part of the 9th Annual NY Gypsy Festival. For one unforgettable night, this mini festival celebrates Gypsy swing of the 1930’s in unexpected ways under the artistic direction of Stephane Wrembel.
Kamlo will join Stephane, who interprets Django via the Mediterranean, and Flamenco and Gypsy swing-style guitar master Alfonso Ponticelli. The electrifying sounds of three of the world’s leading gypsy jazz artists – who each share a deep knowledge of Django’s style yet express it in individual ways – will move effortlessly between beloved gypsy jazz standards and stunning improvisations ending in a spectacular super jam finale.
Tickets are $35. For more information & to purchase tickets go here.
For three days in late September, Stephane will perform special collaborative performances with his longtime friend and fellow musician, Kamlo. Stephane and Kamlo have been friends and musical companions for over 15 years. Their connection has continued to evolve and has been reinforced by time.
The two share a palpable desire to express through music what is the most luminous in human beings, using a variety of cultures and genres to communicate with audiences. This powerful collaboration promises to be a riveting and unique concert experience. The duo will also be joined onstage by Stephane’s amazing band.
Wednesday, September 25 – DBGB’S – Buffalo, NY
7PM, Tickets $10 (all sales at door)
Thursday, September 26 – The Carriage House – Ithaca, NY
8PM, Tickets $20 (all sales at door)
Friday, September 27 – The Lovin Cup – Rochester, NY
8PM, Tickets $20
See a complete list of Fall dates here.
Stephane and His Band recently returned from a 2 week trip to Nigeria as cultural ambassadors under the US State Department’s “International Language of Jazz for Peace” program. As guests of the US Mission Nigeria, the trip aimed to promote mutual understanding between the American and Nigerian people by providing an opportunity for people in the sometimes troubled region to come together through music and fellowship.
Stops on the tour included headlining the Abuja Jazz Festival, visiting the University of Jos, performing for The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and guests including senior Nigerian leaders, Nigerian Ministers of State, and other ambassadors as well as alumni of the Fulbright scholar program, the Humphrey Fellows program, and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Stephane also lead a variety of workshops throughout the region with local students and musicians. This once in a lifetime cultural music adventure culminated at a celebration for National Day, where Stephane and His Band presented the national anthems for the United States and Nigeria.
To read more about Stephane’s incredible african adventure, check out his travelogue for a first hand account.