John Jorgenson Quintet
March 29, 2008
Center for the Arts
This will be an evening of Franco-American Swing and the reviews are unanimous from audiences, colleagues and press -- the performances are simply exhilarating! The combination of Jorgenson's phenomenal musicianship and engaging personality bring this elegant music to life for audiences of all ages. Inspired by the music created in the 1930's by legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhart, Jorgenson brings his own flair to the stage with amazing fretwork and searing clarinet playing all the while supported by some of the best musicians in the world.
The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work. Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds. At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John's dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. Whether playing his own accessible compositions or classic standards, John and his band make music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul.
John Jorgenson is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in prominent guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country. He has performed with some of the most respected European proponents of this style, Bireli Lagrene and Romane. His playing has been included on a CD with Babik Reinhardt and Jimmy Rosenberg, and on another featuring Angelo Debarre and Moreno. In 1988 Curb Records released Jorgenson's "After You've Gone" CD, a collection of Reinhardt- and Goodman-styled 30's swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman.
Tickets: $25, Seniors $20, Students with ID or Children under 14 FREE
Show Starts at 8:00pm. Wine, Beer and Desserts at 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased online at www.center4art.org, by calling toll free (877)749-ARTS(2787), or at the door.