Composer and jazz performer Dorado
Schmitt was born in
In 1978, he formed the Dorado Trio composed of Gino Reinhardt
playing the double-bass, Hono Winterstein playing the rhythmic guitar.
Later the guitarist Claudio Favari joined the group but only for a few time.
But Dorado doesn't want only to copy the Django style, he begins to compose his own musics, harmonious melodies with smart improvisations, and an exceptional technique. He is as comfortable in the swing and the gypsy waltz as in the Bossa Nova and Flamenco style.
Between 1981 and 1983 he records two vinyl disks "Hommage à la Romenes" and "notre Histoire" one of them will remain several weeks a jazz best-seller in Germany.
He played with
several famous musicians like : Philippe Catherine, Oscar Peterson, he took part in a lot of festivals in Germany,
Autsria, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece.
Unfortunately the fate
wasn't what he expected, the February 23rd 1988 he was victim
of a terrible car crash which slowed down his career and left him in a deep coma during
With 35 fractures and several operations, his career could have stopped here. But with courage, will and work, after two years of effort, he will succeed in coming back musically and he will form his trio again in 1990.
Guitarist and brilliant composer, it doesn't last until he comes back on the scene.
In 1993 he performes a set of
concerts in France notably at the Garnier Opera in front of
three thousand music lovers, at
the Vilette and at the Django Rheinhardt festival of Samois.
But in 1997 a new difficult moment shook the trio with the
death of Gino (his brother-in-law) because of the consequences of an illness.
|The Birdland in New York has contributed to American notoriety for Dorado|
Everything has begun in 2001 in a festival dedicated to Django Reinhardt, with four evenings at the jazz temple the Birdland of New York.
He played with some guitarists like Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Angelo Debarre, the violinist Florin Niculescu, the Ferré brothers. Even George Benson, struck by the performance will join him on scene.
In 2002 he came back to the USA for six concerts, where he played with the
clarinet player Paquito d'Rivera and the unmissable saxophonist James Carter
(to the left).
July he played in : San Francisco, New York at the Lincoln Center, and in the
festival of Bel Air.
in november, for a
third year consecutive, he
will play in New York at the Birdland for a week.
For January 2004, three concerts are already scheduled in Washington at the Kennedy
that his USA popularity will keep increasing, he deserves to find his right place again,
among the best world guitarists no matter of the music style.
In July he played in : San Francisco, New York at the Lincoln Center, and in the festival of Bel Air.
in november, for a third year consecutive, he will play in New York at the Birdland for a week.
For January 2004, three concerts are already scheduled in Washington at the Kennedy Center.
Let's hope that his USA popularity will keep increasing, he deserves to find his right place again, among the best world guitarists no matter of the music style.
|In 2002 he also took part in several concerts with Bireli Lagrène. Despite his star status, Dorado, gifted musician, charms by his kindness and his simplicity, that's why all the Gypsy are proud of him.|
His son Samson brillant musician and composer, often accompanies him in his concerts. Samson whose notoriety is increasing, represents the perfect example of the family transmission in the Gypsy.
His talent let him more and more be independant.
Dorado leaves an artistic heritage too, because several of his works are great success
in the jazz (see the Discography page), and are taken back by everyone :
The Bossa Dorado, from the Parisienne album, Natacha
from the Gypsy réunion album, Tchawolo swing from the Latcho Drom CD.
He also took part in the soundtrack (for the France chapter) of the film Latcho Drom "have a nice trip", of Tony Gatlif, and where he played himself.
All thanks to Arnaud Spaeth for the English traduction this biography.