FRYEBURG — The John Jorgenson Quintet featuring guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert
Rose Band and the Hellecasters and six-year member of Elton John’s band, will perform in concert Friday, May 22, at Fryeburg Academy.
Jorgenson is acclaimed for his dazzling guitar work as well as his
mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist. Whether playing his own
accessible compositions or classic standards, he and his band make
music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and
soul.
The John Jorgenson Quintet Artists, ranging from Barbara Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs, have sought out Jorgenson’s guitar work. Recently, Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film “Head in the Clouds.”
Known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement, Jorgenson 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 prominent guitar magazines, and he has given master classes around the country. He has performed with some of the most respected European proponents of this style, Bireli Lagrene and Romane. His playing has been included on a CD with Babik Reinhardt and Jimmy Rosenberg, and on another featuring Angelo Debarre and Moreno. In 1988, Curb Records released Jorgenson’s “After You’ve Gone CD,” a collection of Reinhardt- and Goodman-styled 1930s swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman.
The concert will be in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30, with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the show, presented by the North Atlantic Arts Alliance, are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65+ and anyone 18 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at northatlanticarts.org. Call (207) 935-2001, extension 3102. For more information, e-mail [email protected]


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