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Jorgenson’s dexterity, speed, and beauty on acoustic guitar were astonishing, and one could only watch in awe.
When you’re feeling saucy, gypsy jazz is the music that soothes the soul. And the only man with suitable credentials to deliver your musical medicine is Grammy-winning guitarist John Jorgenson with his instrument quintet.
—Phoenix New Times
[Jorgenson is] perhaps the best jazz guitarist alive.
—New York Times
Music virtuoso John Jorgenson’s dynamic quintet and its authentic gypsy jazz—the string-driven swing created by Jean “Django” Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris—is recognized internationally. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds, and his quintet have been hailed the “U.S. ambassadors of gypsy jazz.”
The John Jorgenson Quintet is comprised of five distinguished musicians: Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals), Casey Driscoll (jazz violin), Rory Hoffman (guitar, piano, accordion), Simon Planting (bass), and Rick Reed (percussion).
Jorgenson, known for his exquisite guitar licks and world-class musicianship, has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Jorgenson is also regularly featured on mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, and as a vocalist. He has garnered recognition for contributing to Grammy-winning and numerous platinum-selling albums.
Driscoll, a Castro Valley, California, native and Patuxent Music recording artist, studied at renowned music school Belmont University in Nashville under many great teachers, including the legendary Buddy Spicher, which led Driscoll to south Georgia to meet and learn from fiddle legend Frank Maloy. Hoffman is an award-winning Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist; he performs worldwide and has played the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as a soloist and sideman. World-renowned Dutch double bassist Planting has studied with Europe’s finest, including at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Jazz at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, and has played with the top echelon of jazz manouche guitarists. Alabama native Reed spent many years in New York City treating jazz audiences to his remarkable drumming chops before relocating to Nashville, where he has played with a diverse range of artists from Shelby Lynne to Ray Davies from the Kinks.
In 2015, the John Jorgenson Quintet released its most ambitious recording to date, Returning, as part of the limited edition, three-CD box set John Jorgenson – Divertuoso (Cleopatra Records), which received widespread acclaim. The masterful quintet can be seen performing on stages all over the world.