TCHAVOLO SCHMITT – Tchavolo’s Spleen

Tchavolo Schmitt (born 1954 in Paris) is a gypsy jazz guitarist. Schmitt performed as a member of various ensembles in the 1970s. Then he settled in Strasbourg and left the professional circuit for a time, releasing solo albums in 2000. He played Miraldo in the Tony Gatlif film Swing.

In 2000, he released the first album under his own name, titled Alors?…Voilà!. This album was followed in 2001 by Miri Familia. In 2002, he released the original soundtrack to Swing, Tony Gatlif’s movie, where Tchavolo played the role of Miraldo, a guitar teacher. In 2004, Angelo Debarre joined him to produce a tribute record to Django Reinhardt called Mémoires. In 2005 he released a solo album called Loutcha.


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