Jorgenson recorded two new albums this year
July 01, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.— Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, mandolin, vocals and has garnered recognition for contributing to numerous platinum-selling and GRAMMY-winning albums. Recently, Jorgenson has been touring with his various bands as well as in the studio working on new albums -- he is slated to release several new works in 2013.
Jorgenson’s latest creative cycle continues to expand his dynamic range of musical offerings, exploring new elements of world music, bluegrass, rock and classical as he captivates and enlightens fellow musicians and listeners along the way. Touring in multiple musical configurations such as the Desert Rose Band, the John Jorgenson Quintet, the John Jorgenson Electric Band and the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Jorgenson will play dates across the US and Europe and each permutation allows him to make prodigious use of his mastery of many instruments. No matter which band Jorgenson is playing with, his brilliant guitar work leads the way with music that is a combination of groundbreaking playing full of soaring melodies and driving rhythms. His contribution is utterly one of a kind.
Jorgenson won the ACM's "Guitarist of the Year" award three consecutive times when he first came to national prominence in the mid 1980's with The Desert Rose Band. Co-founded with Chris Hillman, the band earned five #1 singles and garnered several awards. Audiences can still catch The Desert Rose Band on the road during select dates throughout the year, but Jorgenson has most recently been focused on his famed gypsy jazz style of playing. Known as The U.S. Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz, 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 had the privilege of appearing onscreen as Django alongside stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Jorgenson recorded two new albums this year while keeping a packed touring schedule. These albums could not be more divergent. The first release will feature his renowned Quintet and the latter is a solo effort. This 2013 dual CD release follows up his 2010 dual CD release of One Stolen Night on J2/FGM Records and Istiqbal Gathering. Jorgenson will also be releasing a DVD this summer that features a live performance from the John Jorgenson Quintet and recorded through a partnership with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The John Jorgenson Quintet performed as the inaugural event for the Museum’s innovative entertainment program, the Oasis Project. Jorgenson also contributed an mp3 benefit single to the effort titled “Sonora Spring.” The proceeds from the single and the live performance DVD will go in-part to support the Desert Museum’s mission of education and conservation.
John Jorgenson will spend the remainder of 2013 expanding the popularity of his beloved gypsy jazz while experimenting with genres of bluegrass, rock and classical stylings. At performances of the John Jorgenson Quintet, audiences are awestruck by not only Jorgenson’s skillful guitar playing, but the solo clarinet and bouzouki as well. Additional highlights for this year include a special guest feature during Peter Frampton’s 2013 Guitar Circus tour at Austin City Limits (ACL) with Robert Cray, and the Guitar Town festival in August. As the “de facto” creative director of Guitar Town, Jorgenson is the only artist who performs amongst the world’s top guitar pickers on both acoustic and electric guitar-themed days with his Quintet and electric band, respectively. As Jorgenson continues his string of performances throughout 2013, critics and fans alike are sure to be astounded by his mastery of music. Djangobooks perfectly articulates, “If he comes around, don’t miss him. The show is golden. The music soars.”