The Story 

An Exit Zero Jazz Festival favorite, violinist Daisy Castro fell under the spell of the music of the Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli Quintet of the Hot Club of France at age six during a visit to the annual Django Reinhardt Festival held in Samois-sur-Seine, France. Seven years later, a 13-year-old Castro was the talk of the famed festival after delivering her ebullient take on the jazz manouche tradition. Now 21, Daisy is emerging as a rising star on the international gypsy jazz scene, having performed at New York’s Birdland, Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley, the Strathmore arts center and the Birchmere music hall. She has shared the stage with such gypsy jazz stars as Stephane Wrembel, Stochelo Rosenberg, Dorado, Samson, & Amati Schmitt and the Hot Club of Detroit and 

In 2010, Castro released her debut recording, Gypsy Moth, and followed in 2013 with Deviation. Her latest, 2016’s World On Fire, features a dreamy version of The Ink Spots 1941 hit single,“I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire.” She appears at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival with her working quartet of guitarists Quinn Bachand and Max O’Rourke and bassist Greg Loughman. “People who know about Django are happy to hear his music played in this day and age,” said the exciting violinist and accomplished visual artist. “People who don’t know about Django want to know more about Django after hearing his music.” 

The Sound 

Castro and her swing-happy crew of gypsy jazz connoisseurs will have toes tapping on ebullient fare like Django’s “Minor Swing” and “Swing 42,” and standards like “Limehouse Blues,” “After You’ve Gone” and “I’ve Got Rhythm.” While firmly rooted in the gypsy jazz tradition, this swinging quartet also crosses into salsa and traditional Turkish musics in their energized sets while Castro’s charisma radiates to the back rows. 

Michael Kline