Music Around Town, Seasonal Special Happenings

John Jorgenson Quintet

When: Wed., April 9, 7 p.m. 2014

John Jorgenson and his gypsy jazz band do all they can to keep the unique sounds of Django Reinhardt alive. Jorgenson’s lightning-fast guitar playing is accompanied by violin, guitar, bass and percussion giving it that unmistakable swinging style that Reinhardt pioneered in the 1930s. This band has a wide palette, combining elements of bluegrass, rock and classical to create its signature sound. In “Mediterranean Blues,” the guitar and violin playing produce exciting bursts of melody that evolve into some great soloing. The group gets really mysterious on the slow shuffling ballad “Waiting for the Fog to Rise” that whispers wonderfully blue notes. It’s no wonder these players are heralded as the “U.S. ambassadors of gypsy jazz.” (Gonzalez)

Price: $25

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