The annual New York City event celebrating the life and music of Django Reinhardt is returning to the Big Apple later this month – and then expanding to visit other East Coast markets including Philadelphia and Cambridge, Mass.
Django A Go-Go Festival is headed up by fellow French jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel.
Wrembel’s band features bassist David Speranza, drummer Nick Anderson, and David Langlois on washboard, fondue pot and musical saw. The group will be joined on tour by jazz guitarist Howard Alden and violinist Kyle Dillingham.
Fans will also be treated to rare U.S. appearances by Spanish guitarist Biel Ballester, with Frenchman Sebastian Felix on guitar and John Intrator on violin.
During the festival the acts will pay tribute to Reinhardt by putting their own spin on the music he made famous during his life as well as showing off tunes from their own catalogs.
Alden, Ballester and Wrembel previously teamed up to score the soundtrack for Woody Allen’s 2008 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Last year Allen once again commissioned Wrembel to compose an original theme song, titled “Bistro Fada,” for his 2011 film “Midnight in Paris.” The soundtrack hit No. 1 on iTunes’ Soundtracks Chart and is currently at no. 16 on iTunes’ album chart.
Django A Go-Go begins Jan. 20 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, the venue where the festival started in 2005. Two shows will be held at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., followed by two more evening performances at Joe’s Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The venue will also host a “3-Guitar Matinee” Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. with Wrembel, Alden and Ballester performing music from Woody Allen films.
The festival then moves on to Cambridge, Mass., for a Jan. 25 show at Regattabar. Additional East Coast stops include Albany, N.Y., at The Egg Jan. 26; Philadelphia Museum Of Art Jan. 27; Harrisburg, Pa., at the Whitaker Center Jan. 28; and Alexandria, Va., at the Birchmere Jan. 29.
For more information and tickets, click here for Stephane Wrembel’s website.