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John Jorgenson Quintet

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, Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti, and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on the mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, vocals and has garnered recognition for contributing to GRAMMY-winning and numerous platinum-selling albums.

Jorgenson, who currently is touring in four distinct, separate configurations – J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band), John Jorgenson Quintet (gypsy jazz), John Jorgenson Electric Band, and The Desert Rose Band—creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan.

Jorgenson’s newly-formed bluegrass band, featuring the legendary Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall and Mark Fain is creating quite a buzz; his Electric Band is a whirlwind tour-de-force; and his dynamic Quintet’s 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.

The John Jorgenson Quintet is comprised of Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals), Jason Anick (jazz violin), Jon Jarvis (piano), Simon Planting (bass) and Rick Reed (percussion).

All About Jazz has described the John Jorgenson Quintet’s performance as “a mix of soulful romance and rollicking celebration, with Jorgenson’s fingers a blur that created avalanches of notes and chords, his dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound…” A concert review by Djangobooks also gives the Quintet’s live performance high marks, noting the compositions are “strong in a variety of styles” and the arrangements are “fresh, complicated and compelling) while adding “the show is golden and the music soars.” And NPR has observed that “John Jorgenson has insanely fast fingers – they’re nothing but a blur when he’s notes-deep into a song.”

Jason Anick, a prodigious graduate from the University of Hartford’s performing arts conservatory, the Hartt School, joined the Quintet in 2008. He is now a Boston-based performer, composer, and sought after instructor at the Berklee College of Music.

Session pianist and keyboardist John Jarvis has performed on countless rock and country albums since the mid-70’s, having collaborated with musicians such as Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Art Garfunkel, Delbert McClinton, and Chet Atkins, among many others.

World renowned touring double bassist Simon Planting has studied with Europe’s finest and played with the top echelon of jazz manouche guitarists. Now based in San Francisco, he has been a member of the John Jorgenson Quintet since 2009.

Originally from Alabama, Rick Reed spent many years in New York City playing jazz before relocating to Nashville, where he has played with a diverse range of artists from Shelby Lynne to Ray Davies from the Kinks.

The John Jorgenson Quintet is preparing the release of its new (and most ambitious) recording yet, Returning, in 2014. The masterful quintet can be seen performing on stages all over the world.

Biography

John Jorgenson Quintet

Music virtuoso John 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.

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 has 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).

All About Jazz has described a live performance by the John Jorgenson Quintet as “a mix of soulful romance and rollicking celebration, with Jorgenson’s fingers a blur that created avalanches of notes and chords, his dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound…” In a live review, No Depression noted “Jorgenson’s dexterity, speed, and beauty on acoustic guitar were astonishing, and one could only watch in awe…I struggle to think of a more accomplished guitarist I have seen on stage.” And NPR has observed that “John Jorgenson has insanely fast fingers – they’re nothing but a blur when he’s notes-deep into a song.”

Castro Valley, California native and Patuxent Music recording artist Casey Driscoll studied at renowned music school Belmont University in Nashville under many great teachers, including the legendary Buddy Spicher, which lead Casey to south Georgia to meet and learn from fiddle legend Frank Maloy.

Rory Hoffman is an award-winning Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist. Raised in North Dakota, Rory started teaching himself to play guitar and piano at age 3 and now plays over a dozen stringed, keyboard and wind instruments, including guitar, piano, and accordion in the quintet. He performs worldwide and has played the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as a soloist and sideman.

World renowned Dutch double bassist Simon 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. Now based in San Francisco, he has been a member of the John Jorgenson Quintet since 2009.

Long-time Quintet member and Alabama native Rick 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, 3-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.