Pre-Performance Talk at 6:30
“Jorgenson has become not just America’s finest proponent of this exceptionally demanding flatpicking guitar style, but one of the world’s truly great artists in the Gypsy-jazz genre. . . . A true modern master of Gypsy-jazz at the height of his powers.”—Dave McCarty, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
From the Hot Club of San Francisco to Hot Club of Detroit, we love this swinging jazz style and its variations, so it‘s natural for us to present an artist who is the gold standard in the genre. Known as “the US Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz,” the John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France. The quintet has also been featured at other “Djangofests” in the US, 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 Reinhardt himself, with stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz. He is a truly great guitar player, master of many styles, and it is an honor to welcome him and his band to our hall.