Grammy winner John Jorgenson’s versatility is matched by only his talent. Best known for his blistering guitar and mandolin breaks, he also plays Dobro, pedal steel, piano, upright bass, mandocello, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone. Jorgenson has won country awards for his guitar playing, co-founded country-rock act the Desert Rose Band and roots rock band The Hellecasters, worked extensively with Elton John, collaborated with Sting, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Luciano Pavarotti and others, and currently fronts a bluegrass band and a rock band. He’s also one of the foremost Django Reinhardt-inspired hot club jazz musicians working today. The John Jorgenson Quintet will bring that hot club swing to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 ($22 with student ID). Although the group’s style is rooted in the dynamic string-driven “gypsy jazz” swing pioneered by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli in Paris in the 1930s, Jorgenson’s compositions include Latin, Romanian, classical, rock and Greek elements, making “21st Century World Music” an apt description. In addition to Jorgenson on lead guitar and, occasionally, clarinet, the quintet is jazz violinist Jason Anick, rhythm guitarist Max O’Rourke, bassist Simon Planting and percussionist Rick Reed. The John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France, and has been featured at other “Djangofests” in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. Jorgenson was tapped to recreate Django’s music for the films “Gattica” and “Head in the Clouds,” and appeared onscreen as Reinhardt with stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz. Jorgenson first came to national attention as a member of the Desert Rose Band, which he co-founded with Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Herb Pedersen in the 1980s, winning two consecutive Guitarist of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music. Elton John, a Desert Rose Band fan, invited Jorgenson to join his band in 1994 for an 18-month tour that stretched into a six year stint of touring, recording and TV appearances with the British superstar, in addition to collaborations with other artists including Sting and Billy Joel. In the ‘90s, Jorgenson co-founded the guitar-driven group The Hellecasters, giving audiences a chance to experience Jorgenson’s fretboard fireworks in an unrestrained setting. Jorgenson first discovered Django Reinhardt’s music in 1979 and founded the John Jorgenson Quintet in 2004. According to Peter Frampton, “John Jorgenson is one of my most favorite players. He is incredibly versatile and his solos are unique and melodic, played with amazing technique. My guitarist’s guitarist.” Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and johnjorgenson.com.]]>
Hot club swing by John Jorgenson Quintet coming to The Palms on Saturday, Jan. 26
The John Jorgenson Quintet will bring that hot club swing to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 ($22 with student ID).