John Jorgenson

Releases: Divertuoso (2015), One Stolen Night (2010, with Quintet), Istiqbal Gathering (2010, with Orchestra Nashville) , Untraspontane (2007, with Quintet), Franco-American Swing (2004), Emotional Savant (1999), Crop Circles (1998), Hell III: New Axes to Grind (1997, with the Hellecasters), Escape from Hollywood (1994, with the Hellecasters), Return of the Hellecasters (1993, with the Hellecasters), After You’ve Gone (1988)
Years at MusicFest: MusicFest 2018 Debut Artist

John Jorgenson is perhaps best known for his guitar work with bands such as the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters. Jorgenson is proficient on the mandolin, mandocello, Dobro, pedal steel, piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. Known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others. Jorgenson first gained national attention in the mid ‘80s as co-founder of country-rock act The Desert Rose Band. While a member of the group, Jorgenson won the Academy of Country Music’s “Guitarist of the Year” award twice.  In the ‘90s The Hellecasters gave audiences a new chance to experience John’s unrestrained fretboard fireworks. In 1994, Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band for a six-year stint of touring, recording and TV appearances.  Jorgenson has since also earned the title of “the US Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz” due to his honoring the legacy of guitarist Django Reinhardt by bringing his unique brand of Gypsy Jazz to the masses with the John Jorgenson Quintet.  Jorgenson continues to expand his dynamic range of musical offerings, exploring new elements of world music, bluegrass, rock and classical as he captivates and enlightens fellow musicians and listeners along the way. Jorgenson will be joining Shawn Sahm and his band for his MusicFest debut!

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