Tag: jazz


John Jorgenson – A Virtuoso on Guitar, Bouzouki and…

John Jorgenson is mainly known as a guitar player playing gypsy jazz with his John Jorgenson Quintet.

John Jorgenson is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement.  He 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, and 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 30’s swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman.

But when I recently discovered the latest NPR concert on Mountain Stage with the John Jorgenson Quintet I saw the picture with John Jorgenson playing a Greek bouzouki. Indeed did John Jorgenson play one piece of the set with the Greek bouzouki.

I have collected some videos with John Jorgenson and his Greek bouzouki in my playlist.

Later I found some other videos showing John Jorgenson with mandolin too. Especially the following video from 1981 shows the fantastic mandolin paying of John Jorgenson (only 129 views – this video should get more views now!):

TMB / Kentucky Mandolin

The Thunder Mountain Boys were hired by Disneyland in 1978. John Jorgenson (mandolin virtuoso) went from knowing a little bit about the mandolin in 1978 to what you hear at the filming of this video in 1981. John’s father was a conductor and his mother a pianist so music came to him naturally, but the talent is all his. Playing oboe as a kid in his father’s classical orchestra John quickly looked to other musical sources for inspiration. The Beatles became an instant obession and the guitar his principal instrument as time moved on. John left the Thunder Mountain Boys in the mid-eighties to create a band with Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson called The Desert Rose Band. By the nineties John’s reputation as a multi-instrumentalist had grown to the point that he was asked to tour with Elton John. Now living in Nashville with his wife Dixie John works as a studio musician backing some of the biggest acts around and he continues to tour with The Desert Rose Band from time to time. Doug Mattocks had gotten John interested in the music of Django Reinhardt in the early eighties and now John leads his own gypsy style band called the John Jorgenson Quintet which tours all over the world.

You can hear the John Jorgenson Quintet with gypsy jazz in two concerts at the NPR, I have added the links below.

Playlist John Jorgenson

Additional Information

Homepage John Jorgenson: http://www.johnjorgenson.com/

NPR concerts:

John Jorgenson on Mountain Stage 2008: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94674605

John Jorgenson on Mountain Stage 2011: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/07/128495469/john-jorgenson-quintet-on-mountain-stage


Earl Klugh – Playing Great Music on a Nylon…

When I was looking for videos of Hotel Califormia I did also find some videos by Earl Klugh which made me curious. So I have looked for more information about Earl Klugh and collected interesting youtube videos.

At first I have listened to the following short interview with three live pieces played by Earl Klugh at NPR:

NPR Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Stays Humble: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95915219

Earl Klugh was influenced by Chet Atkins, and he was only 17 when he joined George Benson.

While jazz guitarists usually play archtop guitars, Earl Klugh found that he prefers classical nylon string guitar. Eral Klugh has won a Grammy and got 13 Grammy nominations for his recordings and compositions. He has developped his own style which ranges form jazz to almost classical style with influences from Brazilian music and fingerpicking.

He started learning by listening to recods by Chet Atkins on a record player and trying to figuure out how he had to play it. He says that it is important for him that he can follow and improvise over chord changes in all keys without any problem. Interesting is also that he uses the piano for composing songs, because he does not want the those compositions sound too much like guitar. For his solo CDs he has made very interesting arangements of well known songs.

It was interesting to read some interviews (see below) to learn about his playing and also the many guitars he owns and playes at home and in concerts.


A nice solo arrangement of a tune from The Wizard of OZ (one of my favorite movies…) – unfortunately this video has been removed…you can however find many cover versions at youtube.

Earl has also made a great arrangement of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from the Wizard of OZ, you can also find cover versions at youtube.

Earl Klugh – Interview Cafe

Playlist Earl Klugh

Additional information and links

NPR Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Stays Humble: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95915219

Homepage Earl Klugh: http://www.earlklugh.com/

Wikipedia about Earl Klugh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Klugh

Earl Klugh videos at guitar-tube.com: http://www.guitar-tube.com/guitarplayers/earl-klugh

Interview with Earl Klugh: http://www.smoothviews.com/interviews/klugh0905.htm

Interview Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010: http://www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com/index.php/news-a-interviews/earl-klugh

Interview guitarinternational.com (with some information about the guitars played by Earl Klugh): http://guitarinternational.com/2010/12/21/earl-klugh-talks-guitars-george-benson-and-naked-guitar/

Airplay direct Earl Klugh


Langejans Guitars: http://www.langejansguitars.com/

Mc Gill Guitars: http://www.mcgillguitars.com/

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The Red Hook Ramblers – Dixieland Jazz Band from…

Today I decided to listen to the latest podcast of the

Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC


On February 8th the Red Hook Ramblers – a Brooklyn based Dixieland band – played live in this show – some really great dixieland music. You can download this as a podcast, as mp3 or listen to it as streaming audio.

The Antique Phonograph Music Program is a weekly show with original music played from Edison cylinders and 78 records on original phonographs – but from time to time there are visitors to the show like the Red Hook Ramblers who play music live or talk about the old records with the host Mac.

On the Red Hok Ramblers’ homepage I have found the following information:

Originating in one of Brooklyn’s oldest seaside neighborhoods, the The Red Hook Ramblers were formed in 2005 by friends who share a passion for classic jazz. Over several months, the group’s performances built out from kitchen jams to regular gigs at Sunny’s Bar, Red Hook’s famous mariner’s haunt, and their repertoire came to encompass a wide range of early jazz songs and styles, learned by studying recordings dating from the 1890s to the late 1930s. Blues, ragtime, spirituals, New Orleans ensemble playing, Chicago-style soloing, and a number of New York’s Tin Pan Alley and Harlem “jungle” tunes all mixed in to make the Red Hook Ramblers an “all-things traditional jazz” unit.

The Red Hook Ramblers are:
Jason Benjamin – Cornet, Vocals
Chris Cortier – Trombone, Vocals
Curt Garey – Drums
Chris Johnson – Banjo, Piano, Vocals
Joe Keady – Tuba
Janelle Reichman – Clarinet

The Red Hook Ramblers have just produced a new CD which will be presented in a CD release party on Feb. 19th.

I have found a nice video from a local tv program:

The Red Hook Ramblers: NB Best of Music

Presentation of the Red Hook Ramblers by BKindependent TV

Red Hook Ramblers play “Darktown Strutters Ball”

Here are Brooklyn’s very own Red Hook Ramblers performing a classic tune from the roaring ’20s.

That’s A-Plenty

The Red Hook Ramblers, perform “That’s A-Plenty,” written in 1917.

(Jethro Burns played this tune too on his mandolin…)

Additional Information

Homepage: http://www.redhookramblers.com/

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/redhookramblers

Another broadcast of the Antique Phonograph Music Program took place in 2007, it can also be found here: http://wfmu.org/playlists/AP – November 6, 2007 | with Diixeland Jass band, “The Red Hook Ramblers”

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Scott DuBois – New York Jazz Guitar

A picture of Scott DuBois with a beautiful guitar by D’Angelico was printed in my newspaper today. Scott DuBois will play in Freiburg tonight. He is currently on tour through Germany and Austria.

Information taken from Sctt’s homepage:

In addition to being part of the New York City jazz/improvised music scene for the past fifteen years, Scott has toured extensively with his quartet and other groups performing at jazz/improvised music festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe. Scott has performed with David Liebman, Chris Potter, Andrew D’Angelo, Bob Mintzer, and Tony Malaby, among many others. New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery wrote that Scott is, “one of the best and most adventurous guitarists in New York City”, and Spain’s largest jazz media source, Tomajazz.com, calls Scott, “one of the best modern jazz guitarists.”

Together, the Scott DuBois Quartet performs DuBois’ unique, forward-thinking original compositions with an intense focus on group improvisation, interaction, dynamics, and the unpredictable.

I have looked for some videos with Scott DuBois. This is Black Hawk Dance from his latest CD (which is also available on the homepage) – with photos taken by Juan-Carlos Hernandez

Scott DuBois – Black Hawk Dance (photographs by Juan-Carlos Hernandez)

Playlist Scott DuBois

More information

Homepage: http://www.scottdubois.com/

Sound examples on the homepage: http://www.scottdubois.com/sound_

Newspaper article in Badische Zeitung with picture of Scott Dubois with his D’Angelico guitar:

Scott DuBois (veröffentlicht am 07. Februar 2011 auf badische-zeitung.de)