John Jorgenson will perform at the Happy Days Visitor Center in Peninsula Feb. 22.
Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist and has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. Touring in support of two new releases, this latest creative cycle sees this legendary musician exploring new elements of world music, bluegrass, rock and classical as Jorgenson continues to expand his range of gypsy jazz, captivating and enlightening fellow musicians and listeners along the way.
One Stolen Night, Jorgenson's first of two new releases, was the second album credited to the John Jorgenson Quintet, following up on the Billboard Jazz chart success of Ultraspontane. The One Stolen Night collection contains a mix of standards and new compositions, with plenty of clarinet and swing, plus a vocal and the addition of the Greek bouzouki into the Quintet's instrumentation. The Quintet recorded all of the tracks in two days using minimal production, resulting in a "live in the studio" sound that is warm, rich and so crisp that it envelops listeners in a warm, intimate private concert experience.
Jorgenson's second new album offering is Istiqbal Gathering, the culmination of a long relationship between Jorgenson and Paul Gambill, conductor of Orchestra Nashville. Recorded live at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Jorgenson and Gambill brought together a world-class team of musicians and collaborators to create the first collection of music specifically composed and recorded for gypsy jazz guitar and orchestra.
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 he even appeared onscreen as Django with stars Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for Conservancy members, and $5 children ages 3 through 12.
Advance sales available until 3 p.m. on the Friday for that weekend's show by calling 330-657-2909, ext. 100. Doors open at 7 p.m. and concerts begin at 8 p.m.