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 France for a family vacation. Seven years later, a 13-year-old Castro released her first solo recording, delivering her fresh take on Jazz Manouche.

Now 22, Daisy has emerged as a rising star on the international Gypsy Jazz scene, having performed at Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois Sur Seine, France, Djangofest Northwest,Washington D.C.'s Blues Alley, the Strathmore Arts Center and Town Hall, NYC, among many other prestigious venues and festivals . She has shared the stage with such Gypsy Jazz stars as Stephane Wrembel, Stochelo Rosenberg, Gonzalo Bergara, Paulus Schäfer, Dorado, Samson, & Amati Schmitt, Hot Club of Detroit and many more.

Her 2010 debut recording, Gypsy Moth, was followed in 2013 with Déviation. Her latest, 2017'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 crew of Gypsy Jazz connoisseurs will have toes tapping on ebullient fare like Django's "Hungaria" and "Blues En Mineur," and standards like "Caravan", and " All The Things You Are”. While firmly rooted in the Gypsy Jazz tradition, this swinging quartet also crosses into salsa and traditional Greek and Turkish music in their energized sets while Castro's charisma radiates all the way to the back rows.

Michael Kline