Jazz au théatre

Dear public and friends,

The 37th edition of the Django Reinhardt festival played its last notes on last Sunday 26th of June and it was a total success despite the adversity. 15 000 spectators just like the 2015 edition and it was not easy !

What a beautiful edition in 2016, gruelling, touching, charming, exceptional.

10 days ago, the future of the festival was at stake, after the flood of our Berceau Island, the historical and traditional location of the festival at Samois- Sur-Seine.

It can be overused and tiring to read the same and usual thank-you notes after an event like this one, but this time it is more than necessary to greet those who allowed us to survive in this incredible challenge of reinventing a festival in 2 weeks in a totally unknown place for us.

We would like to thank :

Frederic Valletoux, Mayor of Fontainebleau, for his precious help to solve the contraints which we had to deal with.

Jean-François Hébert, Director of the public institution of the Fontainebleau’s Castle for welcoming at the beautiful park of the Fontainebleau’s Castle and for granting us his total confidence.

Didier Maus, Mayor of Samois-Sur-Seine, who was at the festival every night to support us.

Jean-Marc Giraud, subprefect of Fontainebleau, who had no problem waking up at 2 in the morning and was able to provide the magic papers to the American autorities to ensure that Gregory Porter could take the last flight from Chicago and be present at the festival.

The artists for trusting us and offering so many émotions with their beautiful music.

The 250 volunteers of the festival. It is necessary to take a moment and realise that they are the biggest embassadors of live music, the most passionate, the most human. They always give their best and you cannot imagine what they gave for this 37th edition !

All the technical teams and suppliers who followed us in this crazy adventure and they have never lowered their arms.

The public who answered « We are here! ». They followed and joined us in this rollercoaster by sending us messages of goodwill, encouragement and support.

And finally, the journalists who kindly found a place in their media to inform the public of the new location of the festival and promote the exceptional programmation of this 37th edition.

And as our Programming Director likes to say « As long as we are not dead, we’re alive ! »

Thanks to you all !

See you next year for the 38th edition of the Django Reinhardt Festival !

The festival team


Dear friends. Do not worry, the 37th Django Reinhardt Festival will take place from 22 to 26 June 2016.


The small town of Samois sur Seine where the most famous jazz guitarist lies, like many municipalities, suffered dramatic flooding. The Berceau Island, the mythical place that welcomes the festival, is buried under water at two weeks from the beggining of one of the oldest french jazz festivals.

Although it enjoys a significant support of various partners, the Django Reinhardt Festival remains a largely autonomous event at 70% of its budget. This year, the exceptional lineup announced an increase of more than 40% of visitors. For obvious financial reasons, we are not in a position to cancel this event.

Adversity could have put us on the ground but we are decided to face it with the determination of the organizers, technicians, volunteers and a team with enough drive to not give up.

We worked all weekend and managed to find a new location. Le Parc du Château de Fontainebleau offers us its beatiful place, La PRAIRIE DU BOIS d’HIVER DU DOMAINE DU CHATEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU, AVENUE DES CASCADES – 77300 Fontainebleau 

We would like to thank Jean-François Hébert, President of the Château de Fontainebleau and Frédéric Valletoux, Mayor of Fontainebleau and President of the Communauté de Communes where Samois belongs. They have spontaneously proposed this solution and are strongly involved with the services of the city so this edition could be prestigious.

First technical tracking done on Thursday, June 8, and a countdown of 14 days for an insane and unprecedented challenge : reinventing a festival without any reference point : bring water, electricity, 170 tons of technical equipment, mount two scenes, a backstage, the lodges, organize the reception of the public, create a food and instrument makers area with luthiers that come from around the world, and all this meeting the security and administrative compliance.

The team has never been so motivated and determined to work hard. Such adventure has never motivated us that much and we are sure that the challenge will be met because it cannot be otherwise.

Our line-up remains the same and we need the support of the media and our public in these difficult times for the festival. During these 15 days, we want to make you live the behind the scenes of this challenge, and show you the details of the scenery and the energy that the festival is able to deploy to meet your expectations at this great party that starts on June 22.

We thank you for your support and for your loyalty. We really need it.

The festival team.


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The official Deezer playlist of the Festival Django Reinhardt 2016 is online !

Listen here 

Gregory Porter • Kamasi Washington • Ibrahim Maalouf • Gary Clark Jr. • Richard Bona • Rosenberg Family • Didier Lockwood, Les Violons Barbares et Guo Gan • Cyrille Aimée • Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar • Florin Niculescu • Monsieur Periné • Joscho Stephan • Ulf Wakenius • Blick Bassy • Brady Winterstein • Lou Tavano • Eva sur Seine • Antoine Boyer & Samuelito • Noé Reine et Costel Nitescu


Hail hail ! The 37th edition of the Django Reinhardt Festival of Samois-sur-Seine will take place from the 22nd to the 26th June 2016.

All the festival’s crew is ready to greet the regular 15 000 visitors coming from all around the world every year and who will be here again to share an exceptional time on the beautiful Île du Berceau.

The program of this 37th edition will display a remarkable musical diversity: headliners will mingle with bold newbies and new claimed favourite discoveries. Be prepared for a thrilling line-up, whose leitmotiv is music junction and interaction, togetherness and excellence.

Before the soon-to-be-made program of the 20 concerts that will be given this year is released in its final version, we have the great pleasure to display the first names of the artists giving us the honour of coming to play the second parts of the Django Reinhardt Festival’s concerts.

Line-up :

Wednesday 06/22 :

• Joscho Stephan Trio.
A guitar player gifted with an incredible dexterity, true heir of Django Reinhardt’s musical style.
• Ibrahim Maalouf « Red and Black Light » – 10 years live
The unstoppable trumpet player, more electro-pop than ever.

Tuesday 06/23 :

• Cyrille Aimée.
A safe bet, born and bred in Samois, and starting to make herself quite a reputation in the USA. Queen of the scat, she’s back home to present her new album.
• Rosenberg Family.
The high-class of gypsy jazz music.

Friday 06/24 :

• Florin Niculescu Quintet
The rightful heir of the great Stephane Grappelli. His deeply touching sound and singular language won over the world.
• Richard Bona « Mandekan Cubano »
He’s the king of dancing notes and a giant in the world of bass players. Everybody fights over him. He comes back to us with a combo steeped in cuban music, african tradition and the Mandekan language.
•  Shantel
A world-famous DJ, known for his heady mix of Balkan beats, his gypsy-grooves, electronic freestyle and Russian disco.

Saturday 25/06 :

• Kamasi Washington « The Epic »
Kamasi is the phenomenal ambassador of a boosted and rejuvenated jazz, a saxophone giant and a brilliant figure of jazz music. You don’t want to miss him!
• Monsieur Périné
A 100% Colombian band who plays a supercharged tropical gypsy groove.
• Gregory Porter
He is the boss of soul and his voice a reference in the world of jazz. We can’t wait to greet this breathtaking showman on the Île du Berceau!

Sunday 26/06 :

• Didier Lockwood, Violons Barbares & Guo Gan.
Come and join Didier Lockwood on his enchanting journey through China, the Balkans, Mongolia and the Middle East, let him guide you along the Silk Side Roads of Asian regions with this exclusive creation for violons.

And there’s still more to come!

All the artists are to be announced very soon.

Django Reinhardt Festival’s crew.



Bus service to Paris after the last concert each day of the Festival ! 

Bus service from wednesday to saturday.
No shuttles on sunday night because some trains R will still circulate at the end of the concert.

Book online on : http://eepurl.com/bZIA8b
For more questions, contact busdjango@gmail.com

Click here to know all the type of transportation.

More information about schedules and bus stops in the next few days !


During this year’s festival, the Django Reinhardt Association offers to the guitarists of all horizons a Masterclass dedicated to the various aspects of the gipsy guitar with one of the masters of the style : Mr. Angelo Debarre

The Masterclass will take place at the Festival Association Offices ( 5 rue Victor Chevin, Samois-Sur-Seine) and will consist of a 2 hours of guitar clinic where Angelo Debarre will explain the various aspects of the gipsy guitar, his improvisation approach, key phrases, etc.

Each session is limited to 25 participants.

There will be 2 sessions, one in english from 10am to 12pm and another one in french from 2pm to 4pm.

You can register by email at the following address by specifying your chosen language and all your contact information : tremplin@festivaldjangoreinhardt.com

Cost: 35 € per participant

The blues guitarist Gary Clark is forced to cancel his concert on Wednesday, June 22 at the Festival Django Reinhardt.

Family reasons require it to return hurriedly to the United States.

To replace it, the festival invited the queen of Calypso, McArtha Lewis, alias CALYPSO ROSE who at the last minute agreed to come and sing at the opening of the festival. An evening where you will find the great German guitarist Joscho Stephan and trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf.