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Samson Schmitt


Samson Schmitt, guitarist, has appeared in festivals and clubs throughout Europe and in major U.S. cities. Born in 1979, he learned to play the guitar from his father, Dorado Schmitt. Mr. Schmitt's own 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. Between 1990 and 1999, Mr. Schmitt played with the Dorado Schmitt Quintet, the Kakiweiss Group, and with Hono and Gino Reinhardt. In 2000 and 2001, he performed with Alexandre Cavaziere, Tchavolo Schmitt, Angelo Debarre, and Jimmy Rosenberg. He also leads and performs with his own group, the Samson Schmitt Quartet, with Domonique di Piazza as a frequent guest. He appeared in the 2002 Django Reinhardt Festival produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta at Birdland in New York, and in the KC Jazz Club in January 2004 as part of the Center's first Django Reinhardt Festival, and again on October 27–29, 2005.

-Updated November 2007
Samson Schmitt