Grammy winner Jorgenson peforms
with quintet in Lowville Saturday

John Jorgenson

LOWVILLE — Grammy winner the John Jorgenson Quintet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday as the eighth event in Lewis County Historical Society’s Black River Valley Concert Series. Its in the Lewis County Historical Society , 7552 South State St.

Tickets are $23 or $20 in advance or $23 at Café Z or the Lewis County Historical Society office both on South State Street.

The John Jorgenson Quintet features recent Grammy winner - guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellcasters, and six-year member of Elton John’s band. Artists ranging from Barbara Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson’s guitar work. Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film ‘Head in the Clouds.’

Performing with Jorgenson will be:

Kevin Nolan, was born in Hong Kong and now lives on the U.S. West Coast. Kevin Nolan was formerly the rhythm guitarist for the Robin Nolan Trio.

Nashville resident Charlie Chadwick has been playing stand up bass in the studio and clubs with the area’s finest musicians, as well as backing several national country artists. He also operates OGM Studio, where he produces music for folk, jazz and country artists.

Jason Anick from Boston, Mass., started playing violin at age 6. By age 12 he had met Stephane Grappelli and performed for President Clinton at Martha’s Vineyard. In 2007 he was a guest of the Robin Nolan Trio at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Percussionist Rick Reed Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., has toured and recorded with national jazz, country and bluegrass artists, including Alison Brown, Rick Vito and the Hot Club of Nashville.

"At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John’s dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. Whether playing his own accessible compositions or classic standards, John and his band make music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul," Historical Society officials said.

Jorgenson is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country. In 1988 Curb records released Jorgenson’s ‘After You’ve Gone’ CD, a collection of Reinhardt- and Goodman-styled 30’s swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman.

Growing up in Southern California, Jorgenson was playing both the piano and the clarinet by age 8. At 12 he got his first guitar and practiced voraciously while continuing to study classical music on woodwinds. By age 14, John was playing professionally. Learning first to play rock guitar, he absorbed other guitar styles as quickly as he discovered them. This broad musical palette has enabled him to play with artists as diverse as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, and Benny Goodman. He is an "A-List" session player working in L.A, Nashville and London and has appeared on numerous platinum-selling and Grammy-winning CDs.

Jorgenson came to national prominence in the mid 1980’s with The Desert Rose Band, which he co-founded with Chris Hilman. The band earned five #1 singles and several awards. During this time, he won the ACM’s "Guitarist of the Year" awarded three consecutive times.

Then he formed another award-winning group, the guitar trio The Hellcasters. The group went on to produce three acclaimed CDs and a video, winning both "Album of the Year" and "Country Album of the year" from the readers of Guitar Player Magazine for the stunning debut effort Return of the Hellcasters, released in 1993.

In 1994 Elton John called and invited John on an 18-month world tour. The 18 months stretched into a six-year period that included not only sold out world tours, but also recordings, television appearances, and collaborations with many other artists including Sting and Billy Joel. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, John was also features on saxophone, pedal steel, mandolin and vocals.

The performance is being sponsored in part with public funds through the New York State Council on the Arts ­ Decentralization Program administered in Lewis, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Housing is being provided by Ridgeview Motor Lodge with hospitality by Jeb’s Restaurant.

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