Tuesday, December 22, 2009

John Jorgenson celebrates gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt with tour and albums

Appearing at
Fret House
Wednesday, January 13th
Showtime: 7 PM
Tickets: $20

Appearing at
Boulevard Music
Saturday, January 16th
Showtime: 8 PM
Tickets: $20

Legendary Musician John Jorgenson Releases Two New Albums – Istiqbal Gathering and One Stolen Night

Celebrates 100th Birthday of Gypsy Guitarist Django Reinhardt

As one of the pioneers of American gypsy jazz music, Jorgenson is paying tribute to the father of gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt, whose 100th birthday would have been this year, with two album releases and a touring schedule that takes him across the country and across the pond with the John Jorgenson Quintet.

Widely known as the "U.S. Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz," Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist and has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciana Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. Both new releases see this legendary musician exploring new elements of world music, bluegrass, rock and classical as Jorgenson expands the range of gypsy jazz, enthralling and enlightening fellow musicians and listeners along the way.

Jorgenson’s first album release in 2010, Istiqbal Gathering, is the culmination of a long relationship between Jorgenson and Paul Gambill, conductor of Orchestra Nashville, and was recorded live at Ocean Way Nashville and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Jorgenson and Gambill combined with a world-class team of musicians and collaborators to create the first collection of music specifically composed and recorded for gypsy jazz guitar and orchestra.

Jorgenson's brilliant guitar work leads the way, supported by the progressive and dynamic Orchestra Nashville. "Concerto Glasso" and "Istiqbal Gathering" feature a full orchestra, the latter showcasing the breathtaking talents of Alexander Fedoriuk on cimbalom and David Davidson on violin. "Dieter's Lounge" and "Groove in the Louvre" feature the unexpected blend of string orchestra along with the GRAMMY award-winning Turtle Island Quartet. The combination is a groundbreaking album full of soaring melodies and driving rhythms, and it is utterly one of a kind.

One Stolen Night, Jorgenson’s first 2010 release, is the second album credited to the John Jorgenson Quintet, following up on the Billboard Jazz chart success of Ultraspontane. This collection contains a mix of standards and new compositions, with plenty of clarinet and swing, plus a vocal and the addition of the Greek bouzouki into the Quintet's instrumentation. The Quintet recorded all of the tracks in two days using minimal production, resulting in a "live in the studio" sound that is warm, rich and so crisp that it transports the listeners to an intimate private concert. The album features a driving rhythm section throughout as Jorgenson creates a classic gypsy jazz feel while pushing the boundaries with his arrangements and melodic content.

"Red on Red" opens the album with fanfare and Django-inspired minor key swing, while "Mediterranean Blues" highlights a fiery jam session between violin and guitar. The title track, “One Stolen Night,” presents a captivating melody and showcases the enchanting sound of the bouzouki. Throughout the album the John Jorgenson Quintet creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan with a sound that is all at once dynamic, romantic, driving, melodic and accessible.

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 U.S., UK, Germany and Canada. For the films Gattica and Head in the Clouds Jorgenson was tapped to recreate Django's music, and in the latter he even appeared onscreen as Django with stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.

Despite the levels of success Jorgenson has already attained, the acclaimed musician has no intention of taking it easy any time soon. Following in the footsteps of Reinhardt, Jorgenson continues to expand the popularity of his beloved gypsy jazz by offering listeners an exotic yet familiar sound to which they can relate. If 2010 is any indication, we can expect Jorgenson to continue to push the boundaries of gypsy jazz to new heights.

Tour dates:
1/08/2010 - Denton, MD - Central Library
1/09/2010 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
1/10/2010 - New York, NY - APAP Showcase Hilton Hotel
1/11/2010 - Barto, PA - Landhaven
1/13/2010 - Covina, CA - Fret House
1/14/2010 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
1/16/2010 - Culver City, CA- Boulevard Music
1/18/2010 - Indian Wells, CA - The Vintage Club
1/19/2009 - Redlands, CA - The Loft Performance Space
1/22/2010 - South Lake Tahoe, CA - Duke Theater
1/23/2010 - Point Reyes Station, CA - The Dance Palace
2/26/2010 - Denver, CO - Swallow Hill
2/27/2010 - Bozeman, MT - Ellen Theater
2/28/2010 - Great Falls, MT - Machinery Row

John Jorgenson Website
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