The New York Times has called Stephane Wrembel "Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today.” Wrembel is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt. He learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside. He has had a remarkable career, touring the world, while releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment. His original compositions have been featured in Woody Allen’s films Vicki Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris. Since 2003, Wrembel has produced the Django a Gogo Festival, bringing together some of the finest musicians in the world to celebrate the Gypsy-jazz guitar style to perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall. His program, Django New Orleans, recently sold out 8 shows at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is scheduled to perform his new program, Shades of Django, at Lincoln Center in the fall of 2022.
Rolling Stone Magazine: "A revelation."
The New York Observer: "Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of Gypsy jazz."
Della Mae is a 5-piece, all-women bluegrass group that frequently headlines major festivals. They are a former nominee for a Grammy in the Best Bluegrass Album category, and have shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, and Alison Krauss. They deliver songs that can tell an emotional story with just a line of lyrics, and they play their instruments with finesse and passion. They have spent the last three years touring full time throughout the USA and abroad. Della Mae has performed in more than thirty states at festivals, performing arts venues and clubs.
This program is made possible with funds from the Hedgelawn Foundation.
For this month’s First Friday program, pianist Joe Holt asks the musical question, “What happens when you ask a traditional jazz trumpeter (Danny Tobias – the Midiri Brothers, Louis Armstrong’s Eternity Band), a bop sax guy (Vincent Lardear, former member of the Illinois Jacquet Band and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), and a Latin jazz trombonist (David Sacks – recorded with Jobim, Astrid Gilberto, and Tito Puentes) to collaborate on classic selections from the Great American Songbook?”
National Public Radio remarked that Hilary Gardner “evokes memories of another time and place.” Hilary, Broadway vocalist and favorite of the NYC jazz scene, presents a program she calls “Trail Songs” -- A tribute to the familiar Great American Songbook tunes associated with the stars of Hollywood’s most successful musical Westerns as interpreted by Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Frank Sinatra.