JOHN JORGENSON INTERVIEW #3
John Jorgenson 3 Interview
(Direct-to-Web on September 24, 2015)
John Jorgenson is the most heralded American guitarist in today’s Gypsy jazz scene, a movement that builds on the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Jorgenson played the role of Reinhardt in the 2004 film, Head in the Clouds, and his jazz manouche quintet performs at Gypsy jazz festivals in Europe, Canada, and the US.
But Jorgenson’s creative reach extends beyond Gypsy jazz. In addition to acoustic and electric guitar, he plays clarinet, piano, saxophone, pedal steel, mandolin, and Greek bouzouki. A cofounder of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, and a member of Elton John’s band for six years in the ’90s, Jorgenson has musical roots in country, rock, swing, and classical music.
In this interview, recorded by Andy Ellis at Nashville’s City Winery on March 30, 2015, Jorgenson describes how he approaches arranging and composing music for the John Jorgensen Quintet, and what it’s like to actively perform in four bands.