DjangoFest Mill Valley 2017
12:00pm Workshop with Samson Schmitt
Samson Schmitt was taught the guitar by his father, gypsy legend Dorado Schmitt. His music melds various influences: Django Reinhardt’s manouche jazz, the technical perfection of his father, and George Benson, Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, Toots Thielemanns, Florin Niculescu, Sylvain Luc, and Angelo Debarre. Samson has appeared in festivals and clubs throughout Europe and in major U.S. cities. He debuted in Birdland Jazz Club in 2002 and has been a regular visitor Stateside since. Through his regular CD releases with French jazzmen Hono Winterstein, Florin Niculescu, Yorgui Loeffler and, more recently, Ludovic Beyer, Samson has established himself as one of the top gypsy names worldwide.