Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the legacy of guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the legacy of Django Reinhardt this week as part of his season’s focus on “jazz as a global language.”
His concerts— at the Rose Theater in New York on November 4 and 5 — will be led by French guitarist Stéphane Wrembel and will feature French singer Cyrille Aimee, mandolinist Sam Bush and pianist Sean Mason. Wrembel, composer of the Grammy Award-winning “Bistro Fada” (Midnight in Paris), specializes in Reinhardt’s “Hot Jazz” style.
Jazz at Lincoln Center describes Reinhardt (1910-1963) as a “Belgian-born Roma gypsy guitarist-composer (who was) the first non-American jazz genius (and) whose improvisational abilities were comparable to those of the greatest American soloists”.
Announcement of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2022-2023 season, Sat. 35e, Wynton Marsalis, its Managing and Artistic Director, said, “This season invites audiences to discover different voices from around the world harmonizing in the common language of jazz. For more than 30 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has combined contrasting viewpoints and styles to create our own unique artistic identity that realizes a world without borders.
“It’s a precarious and divisive time, and humanity desperately needs the wisdom that jazz was born for: to come together, to be together, to stay together. Easier said than done, but no effort is more important right now,” he concluded.