Jazzy Strings - Cavaliere, Schmitt, Debarre
Three fathers and three sons with a passion for gypsy jazz
Jazzy Strings was born from a passion for gypsy jazz and the two jazz giants Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grapelli. The band was formed in 1992 by Mario Cavaliere, father of the violin virtuoso Alexandre Cavaliere, and has been invited in the meantime to the biggest European festivals (Juan-Les-Pins, Nice, Marciac, Samois-sur-Seine, Helsinki). For this edition of the Djangofolllies, they are proud to invite their friends, Dorado Schmitt and his son Amati and Angelo Debarre and his son Raangy.
No one has done more to ignite contemporary interest in the idiom than Dorado Schmitt. Born to Gypsy parents near the German border in Lorraine, France, Dorado was weaned on traditional Roma music and gypsy jazz.
He rebelled as a teenager by taking up electric guitar and emulating Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. Schmitt started visiting the United States in 2002 and has become a star attraction at major festivals. He has stolen the show at several of the annual Django Reinhardt New York Festivals at Birdland, and his legendary status has earned him the role of ambassador to the jazz world, performing alongside Oscar Peterson, Paquito D’Rivera, George Benson and James Carter. He now stands as one of the most respected and in-demand gypsy jazz artists in the world. Against the tide of fashion and show-business pressures, his kindness and natural voice bring pride to the gypsy community.
His son, Sonny Amati Schmitt, couldn’t resist the attraction of the guitar at the age of eight, honouring his origins. His technical progress on the instrument was spectacular, thanks to the advice of his father and of course, his talent. In the meantime Harmonia Mundi has released his debut album “Sonny Day”. He performed for the first time with his own quartet at the Jazz Transfert festival in Saarbrücken/Germany and the public went wild. The same thing happened at the famous Django Reinhardt festival in Samois-sur-Seine. Very few musicians can claim such a privilege at the age of sixteen…
Angelo Debarre started playing guitar in a Gypsy family environment at the age of eight. He became professional at a very young age, but quit the strings to devote himself to the drums. In 1984 he returned to his favourite instrument and since then he has constantly toured with gypsy music and gypsy jazz.
He feels very comfortable in both repertoires and shares the stage with Pedro Ivanovitch, Arbat, Raya, Serge Camps, Bratsch en Boyan Zulfikarpasic, Xavier Desandre-Navarre, Florin Nicolescu of Moréno, Bireli Lagrene, Jimmy Rosenberg , Romane.
Angelo undoubtedly belongs to the growing family of heirs of Django and has developed a very strong personality. His style, supported by astonishing technique, is constantly enriched by musical encounters, in the purest gypsy tradition. Today, Angelo Debarre is recognized as one of the most talented gypsy jazz guitarists and is invited by well-known artists in Chanson, including Sanseverino and Thomas Dutronc. His son Raangy will accompany the ensemble on guitar.
WithDorado Schmitt and son Amati: guitar
Angelo Debarre and son Raangy: guitar
Mario Cavaliere and son Alexandre: guitar and violin
Jean Louis Rassinfosse: double bass
René Desmaele: trumpet