Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration
Biréli Lagrène Trio
The Hot Club Of San Francisco
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Join The Freight to celebrate the life and music of Django Reinhardt with three days of shows and workshops. Festival Artistic Director Paul Mehling and The Freight’s program director Peter Williams have assembled an all-star, international lineup of musicians.
Biréli Lagrène Trio
What is left today of the child prodigy that was Biréli Lagrène? - A wonderful musician, a magician of the guitar 's most dazzling, a "choreographer" of the six-strings as they are currently on the fingers of one hand.
From the beginning, music was his language, and the Reinhardt school. Destiny inevitable when one is born, like him, in Alsace (1966), which comes from the large gypsy family, and the chance that identifies you as a gifted in this area. Spirit quicksilver Biréli pigera quickly history. Beyond rigor which was that of learning (with his father and with his brother), this incredible blend of strength and precision Lagrène the badge will grace never forget the essential: "Django m 'helped to see what is happening elsewhere," he likes to recall. This great lesson of freedom, he was able to capture like no other, his first major public benefits (including Montreux, 1981) offer a striking testimony.
Hot Club of San Francisco Reunion
The Hot Club of San Franisco has been bringing Jazz Manouche (or gypsy jazz) to audiences around the world for 30 years. Hitting all of the great venues: Festival de Django Reinhardt at Samois sur Seine, Monterey Jazz Festival, Wolf Trap Theater, etc.and creating 15 wildly popular recordings. Personnel changes through the years have yielded some great combinations of synergistic magic - including the current lineup on Saturday. Reaching back to the early days in the last century, we're recreating the cast from one of our best-selling CDs "Swing This" featuring founding member Steven Strauss on string bass, the lovely vocals and swinging guitar of Sylvia Herold, founding member Julian Smedley on violin, bassist from the first 2 recordings Evan Dain, and the elegant violin of Jeremy Cohen. There will be some surprise guests too. For our faithful fans who have followed us fearlessly through the years Friday's reunion will be a fantastic show.
Henry Acker is a fifteen year old gypsy jazz guitarist in the style of Django Reinhardt and with abilities far beyond his years. After playing for only six years, he has already shared the stage with jazz greats Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage and Andreas Oberg as well as Gypsy Jazz legends Samson Schmitt, Mozes Rosenberg, Adrien Moignard, Joscho Stephane, Gonzalo Bergara, and Stephane Wrembel. He is the winner of the 2017 Djangofest North West Saga Award and a three time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Student Award for jazz guitar soloist. Based In Boston, MA, he also dazzles audiences at clubs and jazz festivals across the United States and Europe. He performs with his father, jazz guitarist Victor Acker and his Uncle Dana Acker on the double bass - both Berklee College of Music alum. Henry's career is in full swing and red hot. He really must be seen to be believed. Ladies and gentleman, presenting Henry Acker!