Dorado Schmitt Plays the Dakota!
Having learned to play guitar at the age of seven, Dorado Schmitt has been a musician for over fifty years. He was able to master swing and gypsy waltz, the bossa nova, and flamenco styles early on. However, as a teenager, he rebelled against his gypsy origins to liken the stylings of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana with an electric guitar.
Growing out of a phase isn’t the only reason we’re lucky to enjoy today Schmitt’s pioneered Gypsy jazz. After ten years as leader of a trio, he was nearly killed in a car accident that left him in a coma. Two years, several operations, and a lot of physical therapy later, he reemerged into music, talents unscathed.
Being a man of such broad capabilities, he along with French violinist Stéphane Grappelli created a sound that is the “jazz manouche” he’s known for. You can witness it in person at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. Dorado Schmitt will play four shows there June 23 and 24. There’s a 7 pm and 9 pm show each day. Depending on the time, tickets are either $30 or $20. You can find $6 downtown parking at the Park and Shop ramps near the venue. The discount is valid after 4 pm daily (all day on Sundays.)