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Dotschy Reinhardt’s Jazz and Sinti Heritage

Dotschy Reinhardt – Chaplin’s Secret

Dotschy Reinhardt – Chaplin’s Secret (Galileo Music GMC079, 2018)

Chaplin’s Secret is the new album by German jazz singer and book author Dotschy Reinhardt. As her last name indicates, Dotschy is part of the same extended Reinhardt family that also included legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Dotschy Reinhardt is a Sinti, a group of formerly nomadic Central European people also known as gypsies. Although she is a jazz singer who sings primarily in English, she celebrates her heritage with a song in Romani, the language of many of the Sinti and Roma. She also sings in Portuguese.

Chaplin’s Secret includes swinging gypsy jazz, American-style jazz, and bossa nova accompanied by a fabulous band of extraordinary, versatile instrumentalists.

The title of the album makes reference to famed actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin. In 1991 Charlie Chaplin’s daughter, Victoria found a letter that her father had kept in his bedside drawer. The author of the letter, Jack Hill, informed the actor about his genuine birthplace, which was not London, as Chaplin stated in his autobiography, but Black Patch in Smethwick. At the time of Chaplin’s birth, Black Patch was a large tree-lined meadow on which Gypsy (Roma) people and entertainers camped with their caravans. It is said that he was born in 1889 as the son of an artist who had toured through England with her father’s circus, finally ending up in London.

The lineup on Chaplin’s Secret includes Roberto Badoglio on E-Bass; Max Hartmann on double bass; Alexey Krupksky on guitar; Dotschy Reinhardt on vocals; Christian von der Goltz on piano; Alexey Wagner on guitar; and Daniel Weltinger on violin. Guest musician: Nir Sabag.

Dotschy Reinhardt’s discography includes Sprinkled Eyes (2006), Suni (2008) and Pani Sindhu (2012).


Gypsy Jazz Masters Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter to Perform at ArtsCenter in Carrboro

Acclaimed guitarists Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter are set to perform Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Reinhardt is the great-nephew of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He will be joined by the exceptional jazz and classical playing of Stelter.

For more information about the artists go to Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter.

The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro. For more information and tickets go to artscenterlive.org or call the Box Office at (919) 929-2787.


Artist Profiles: Daniel Stelter

Daniel Stelter – Photo by Simon Hegenberg

Daniel Stelter was born in Germany. His passion for music started early: he began playing the classical guitar at the age of eight, and was soon introduced to jazz, rock and pop music by his older brothers.

As a teenager he spent hours meticulously listening and playing to tunes from records and tapes. At the age of 17 he was a member of the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer. During that time, Stelter toured for six weeks through Southeast Europe and recorded a CD.

After his graduation he studied jazz guitar with Norbert Scholly at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, but he never lost track of the classical guitar.

With Ulf Kleiner (piano), Tommy Baldu (drums) and Michael Pauker (bass) Stelter formed a quartet tha released several albums, including “Homebrew Songs” (2009) and “Krikelkrakel” (2012). The sound of the quartet is a symbiosis of classical guitar, mixed with a trace of electronic music, underlaid with a sound carpet of cool beats and a healthy dose of funk and soul.

In 2016 Daniel Stelter was recruited as guitar player for the NDR-BigBand and he accompanied jazz legend Al Jarreau on his tour through Europe, staging at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Olympia in Paris, Opera Garnier in Monte Carlo, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Performing Arts Center in Kristiansand, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Philharmonie in Berlin and Kongresshaus in Zürich.

Also in 2016, Daniel Stelter released the record Live in der Stadtkirche with acclaimed Gypsy Guitar and Latin Swing guitarist Lulo Reinhardt, which quickly made “Record of the month” in the German NDR Jazz Charts.

Stelter is also a permanent member of the Ringsgwandl band, with whom he tours regularly throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Daniel and Lulo Reinhardt toured North America in 2018.


Homebrew Songs ‎(Herzog Records, 2009)
Krikel Krakel ‎(Herzog Records, 2010)
Live in der Stadtkirche (DMG, 2016)
Little Planets (Herzog, 2016)
Kind Of Spain (ACT, 2017)
Humming Songs ‎(DMG, 2017)


Artist Profiles: Kálmán Balogh & Gypsy Jazz

Kálmán Balogh & Gypsy Jazz

Kálmán Balogh is one of the leading Hungarian cimbalom players, descending from a famous dynasty of Hungarian Gypsy musicians. His virtuosity is matched only by his understanding and respect of his heritage. A graduate of Ferenc Listz Academy of Music of Budapest, he has completed many successful tours throughout the world with various ensembles, including three tours in North America.

The cimbalom, a sort of oversized autoharp or duclcimer played with mallets like a vibraphone, possesses piano like percussive abilities to drive a band rhythmically or take the melodic lead. In Kálmán Balogh’s expert hands, the cimbalom can do both simultaneously. His mastery of this unique and rare Hungarian folk instrument has mesmerized audiences.

Kálmán Balogh & Gypsy Jazz is the dynamic merging of music from the old and new worlds. Balogh continues a fabled European musical tradition harking back to the collaboration of masters like gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli, connecting the ancient folk music traditions of Central and Eastern Europe with the chord progressions and swing of jazz. With Gypsy Jazz, Balogh’s cimbalom becomes a new and compelling voice centering a band which also includes acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, trumpet, and violins. Similarities in jazz and traditional folk music, such as improvisation and a kaleidoscope of emotional expressions, are immediately evident.

Melodies which were created and transmitted in European villages for centuries are performed with great respect and understanding by Gypsy Jazz, enabling present day music lovers to experience the emotions and beauty inherent in the music of our ancestors.

In addition to concerts, Kálmán Balogh & Gypsy Jazz, conduct workshops, master classes, and teaching residencies on Gypsy Jazz and on the cimbalom.


Roma vándor (1995)
Gypsy Music From Hungarian Villages (1996)
Gypsy Colours (1997)
The Art of The Gypsy Cimbalom (ARC Music, 1998)
Gypsy Colours, wiyth Romano Kokalo (FolkEurópa, 1999)
Gipsy Jazz (Rounder Records, 1999)
Aroma (FolkEurópa, 2003)
David Murray, Kovács Ferenc and Balogh Kálmán & Gipsy Cimbalom Band (Fonó, 2005)
Karácsonyi Örömzene (Gryllus, 2005)
Ó, szép fényes hajnalcsillag – Hungarian folksongs for Christmas, with Korpás Éva (FolkEurópa, 2005)
Gypsy Music From Hungary (ARC Music, 2007)
Aven Shavale (FolkEurópa, 2007)
Master of the Gypsy Cimbalom (ARC Music, 2008)
Live in Germany (Traditional Crossroads, 2007)
Délibáb (FolkEurópa, 2010)


Artist Profiles: Lulo Reinhardt

Lulo Reinhardt

Lulo Reinhardt is a gifted guitarist who was taught by his father since the age of five. At twelve, he was already playing with the Mike Reinhardt Sextet, an ensemble entirely dedicated to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt. In 1991, leaving the sextet to explore new musical experiences he founded I Gitanos with his father Bawo and cousin Dege. The first result of their new gypsy goes Latin was the release of I suni CD in 1994. After that, successful tours throughout Europe and release of next CD, Ab I Reisa, in 1998 followed.

In the meantime, Lulo Reinhardt has worked on various projects and has established himself an outstanding reputation as a composer and guitarist. He has played in major events and collaborated with Brazilian guitarist Zezo Ribeiro.

Along the way, he has gathered the best musicians around him to create his personal project. Lulo Reinhardt Project is the accomplishment of a maturing style and artistic creation, which you cannot classify. Swinging from tune to tune, Lulo Reinhardt brings into his music his gypsy roots as well as flamenco or Latin rhythms from Cuba to Brazil.

After the success of his CD Project No 1 (2002), Lulo Reinhardt released the awaited Project No 2 in July 2005.

Lulo Reinhardt is a spontaneous and spirited musician who is led by the guitar into musical voyages of discovery. His curiosity has taken him to southern Spain in search of flamenco roots, and to South America, exploring various musical styles of Latin Jazz,” said Spanish producer Manuel Dominguez, founder of the Nubenegra record label.

In 2007, Saga Instruments of San Francisco, California made the first Lulo Reinhardt Model Gitane 310, modeled on the classic Gypsy guitars. This inspired Lulo to compose more Gypsy Swing material, which he combined with Latin music, and in 2007 changed the name of his group to the Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project. They recorded their first CD in 2008.

In 2016, Lulo Reinhardt and fellow German guitarist Daniel Stelter released Live in der Stadtkirche, which quickly made “Record of the month” in the German NDR Jazz Charts. Daniel and Lulo toured North America in 2018.


I suni (1994)
Ab I Reisa ‎(Nubenegra, 1998)
Project No. 1 (2002)
Project No. 2 (2005)
Lulo Reinhardt & Uli Krämer (2006)
Live in Melbourne (2008)
Lulo Reinhardt & Gerd Stein (2009)
Katoomba Birds (2011)
Bawo (2013)
Lulo Reinhardt & Daniel Stelter: Live in der Stadtkirche (DMG, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Serge Camps

Serge Camps is descended from a family of French and Ukrainian musicians, was raised like a Gypsy touring Europe with his parents, and is fluent in both French and Russian. For the past 45 years he has worked as a performer, composer, arranger and studio musician with the great gypsy vocalists and musicians in the most prestigious venues of the world. The 1996 formation of Opus 4 represents the flowering of his accumulation of experience as both a guitarist and singer.

At the age of 14 he started to play guitar. By the age of 15 he was hired as a bass player in Russian cabaret located in Paris and called “La Grande S?verine”. There he met Mark de Loutchek who created the “Balalaika Ensemble”.

An historical moment occurred in 1967 when Serge had the singular honor of recording the one and only CD featuring Yul Brynner the actor, on The Gypsy And I album by Vanguard. This recording has become a popular artifact among Russians, although rarely mentioned in the American discographies of the King of Siam. Undiscouraged, he continued to produce recordings with scores of other notable artists. Fortunately, many of Serge?s other recordings have met with much greater critical acclaim and popularity than his early attempt with the famous Hollywood and Broadway star.

Starting in 1968, for the next 20 years Balalaika Ensemble, toured with the Russian singer Ivan Rebroff. Serge performed with Rebroff in famous theaters like, Carnegie and Royal Albert Halls.

From 1985 to 1990, Serge and his father opened and managed the Parisian cabaret “La Roue Fleurie”. It became the hangout for the gypsies from Paris. It was here that he began became the mentor to a younger generation of musicians such as Raphael Fays and Angelo Debarre. In fact, Debarre credited his interest in Hungarian gypsy music to his many appearances with Serge at La Roue Fleurie. In 1989 Jon Larsen from Hot Club Records, brought together Debarre, Serge Camps and Frank Anastasio in Norway to produce the CD ‘Gypsy Guitars‘ – A showcase CD for the incredible variety of the Gypsy repertory and then the CD, Angelo Is Back in Town. In addition to his performances with Opus 4, he has performed sat Ravinia and the prestigious New York and Northwest DjangoFests.


Artist Profiles: Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt

Legendary Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt’s “hot swing” style and music caused a sensation in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s and is still popular today. Django along with famed violinist Stephane Grappelli were the stars of The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which defined this style of music, known as Le Jazz Hot.

Django was a gypsy guitar virtuoso, called a genius by many. His influence lives on through recordings and talented musicians who continue to enjoy and appreciate his very special and original style of swing music.

Jean Reinhardt, better known as “Django” was born January 23, 1910 in Liberchies, Pont-a-Celles, Belgium. He died in 1953.

Several of Django’s descendants are musicians who play music influenced by their legendary ancestor.

The Django Reinhardt Festival, produced by Pat Phillips and Ettore Stratta, serves to preserve and carry forward the musical legacy of Django as well as the many possibilities of creativity that can grow from his enormous talent and inspiration by presenting the top players in the world of this music.


The Best of Django Reinhardt
The Classic Early Recordings (5 CD boxed set)


Artist Profiles: Tito Alcedo

Antonio Alcedo Gil, “Tito Alcedo” was born in 1958 in Barbate (Cádiz province), in southern Spain. He is a self-taught guitarist since the age of 12 when he started to play music. Alcedo never had a teacher nor did he attend a conservatory. His restless spirit led him to seek influences from many different artists and styles that have many stages of his professional career.

Alcedo began playing as a professional at the age of 15 as lead guitarist with rock bands and he soon discovered jazz and all that it meant. His eclectic guitar technique allows him to play pieces from all kinds of styles, ranging from rock or pop to jazz and Flamenco in addition to classical music. In addition to the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix (just to name a few) there is an exceptional musician that has influenced Alcedo’s style from the very beginning in a decisive way and that is Django Reinhardt, the brilliant Belgian Gypsy that demonstrated his astonishing creativity to the jazz community in the early 1930s. But Tito Alcedo is in constant evolution and that inevitably led him to Flamenco. And the result of all this mix is a very personal style where technique art and experience are combined to show audiences a new musical perspective.

Tito Alcedo has carried out several tours throughout Europe with different musicians such as Nono García and French group Rumeur Iberique. He has also headlined in international jazz festivals together with Larry Coryell, Chano Domínguez and Philippe Catherine.

In 1989 he released his first LP titled Memorias in which Alcedo shared the leading role with pianist and Cadiz native Chano Domínguez. Alcedo has also participated in the recording of several albums by Javier Ruibal. In the summer of 1997 Tito Alcedo participated in the Palabra de Guitarra Latina CD sharing the leading role with Larry Coryell, Tomatito, Raimundo Amador, Joan Bibiloni and Birelli Lagrene.

Since 1996, Alcedo has formed a duo with singer songwriter Javier Ruibal with whom he tours throughout Spain and other countries. He also works as a session musician and as guest in the recordings of many artists.


Memorias (Matasellos, 1989)
Agüita Salá (Intuition Music Int 325-2 2001)
Janda (Surfonía, 2011)


Artist Profiles: The Rosenberg Trio

The Rosenberg Trio

The Rosenberg Trio is formed by three cousins Nonnie (double bass), Nous’che (rhythm guitar) and Stochelo Rosenberg (solo guitar). All three have been playing music since their childhood days at family reunions, religious celebrations, and other events as their talent grew.

They were fascinated by music, taught to play by ear and practice restlessly, playing the classics over and over again. However, neither of the three can actually read nor write music.

The Rosenberg Trio plays jazz standards, Django Reinhardt’s classic compositions and also original tunes by Stochelo. Perhaps that’s why they were adopted by the legendary violin Maestro Stéphane Grappelli, who, after seeing and hearing them for the first time, immediately invited them to play with him throughout Europe, and also to celebrate his 85th birthday at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

´Tribute to Stephan Grappelli´ featuring Tim Kliphuis on violin was released in March 2008.




Caravan (Verve/PolyGram, 1993)
Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival ’92 (Universal, 1993)
Gypsy Swing (IMS, 1995)
Gypsy Summer (Universal, 1996)
Impressions (Universal, 1996)
Seresta (Hot Club, 1996)
3 Originals (Universal, 1998)
Deine Kuesse Sind Susser (Polydor/Universal, 1999)
Je Zoenen Zijn Zoeter (Universal, 1999)
Noches Calientes (IMS, 1999)
Sueños Gitanos (Universal, 2002)
Noches Calientes (PO, 2004)
Rosenberg Trio Live (Brilliant, 2006)
Roots (Iris Musique 2007)
Nomy Rosenberg Trio (Big Bear, 2008)
Tribute to Stephane Grapelli (FMM, 2008)
Djangologists (Enja, 2010)