Samson Schmitt / Tim Kliphuis Quintet
with Benji Winterstein and Panche Weiss, guitar
Simon Planting, bass
A true premiere: Samson brings his two cousins Benji and Panche to the States for the first time, presenting an all-star European line-up with Dutch violin ace Tim Kliphuis and Djangofest’s favorite bassist, Simon Planting.
Samson Schmitt was taught the guitar by his father, gypsy legend, Dorado Schmitt. 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, he has established himself as one of the top gypsy names worldwide.
Tim Kliphuis became known through his work with gypsy guitarist, Fapy Lafertin, in the early 2000s and has since then worked with a host of guitarists including Angelo Debarre, Paulus Schäfer and of course, The Rosenberg Trio. Lauded in the international classical concert scene, he brings Grappelli’s style to new audiences.
Panche Weiss (1995) is the son of Gallo Weiss who taught him the guitar from age 12, and the grand-nephew of Dorado Schmitt. He is one of the best soloists of the new generation, with a jaw-dropping dexterity and modern sound. Besides Samson, he has worked with such names as Amati Schmitt and Brady Winterstein and will soon be coming out with his own recordings.
Benji Winterstein (1991), from the age of nine, learned the guitar from his dad Popots, and his uncle Hono Winterstein. He soon realized the importance of good guitar accompaniment in the mold of his uncle Hono and Nous’che Rosenberg. He is part of Samson’s current band and has also played rhythm for the likes of Timbo Mehrstein, Marcel Loeffler, Adrien Mognard and Martin Weiss at such festivals as Samois, Augsburg and Corsica Guitar Night.
Simon Planting is the undisputed leader among Gypsy jazz bassists, having played with the crème de la crème of jazz Manouche guitarists such as Fapy Lafertin, Jimmy Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, Dorado, Tchavalo and Samson Schmitt, Robin Nolan, Andreas Oberg, John Jorgenson, Gonzalo Bergara, and other jazz greats, such as, Larry Coryell, Bill Frisell, and Howard Alden to name a few. The Dutch native, who now lives in San Francisco, has toured the world numerous times playing Gypsy Jazz, and he has been a player on countless classic recordings of Gypsy Jazz during the past 30 years.
Samson Schmitt – Lead guitar
Tim Kliphuis – Violin
Panche Weiss – 2nd lead guitar
Benji Winterstein – rhythm guitar
Simon Planting – bass