Tag: gypsy


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

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Perdido – Duke Ellington and George Barnes

On David Grismans Acoustic Oasis site there is a free downlod for every day. The download of today is a recording of the jazz title Perdido played by George Barnes.

This download will only be available until tomorrow morning, but the videos of this song that I have found on youtube and the videos with music played by George Barnes will be available for a longer period.

George Barnes was according to Wikipedia the first artist who recorded an electric guitar:

The first recording of an electric guitar was by jazz guitarist George Barnes who recorded two songs in Chicago on March 1st, 1938: “Sweetheart Land” and “It’s a Low-Down Dirty Shame” with Big Bill Broonzy. Many historians incorrectly attribute the first recording to Eddie Durham, but his recording with the Kansas City Five was not until 15 days later. Durham introduced the instrument to Charlie Christian.

I have made a playlist with music played by George Barnes:

Now some videos of Perdido, which has been recorded in 1941 by Duke Ellington for the first time, and which was big success two years later. On http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-0/perdido.htm you can read:

On December 3, 1941, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra recorded “Perdido” for Standard Radio Transcription Services, a company that provided leased programming to radio stations. It is their January 21, 1942, recording of the song on the Victor label, however, that is regarded as their original recording. A modest hit, “Perdido” entered the pop charts on May 22, 1943, rising to number twenty-one.

Duke Ellington – Perdido (1964)

UK TV concert -featured Paul Gonsalves

Ellington – Perdido

Great live performance of Perdido. Be sure to keep an eye on Paul Gonsalvez 🙂

Perdido-“Duke Ellington”-“Django Rienhardth”-“Gypsy Music”

“jazz guitar””georgic” & “shant” “georgic avanesian”playing perdido “Gypsy jazz ” Style. “Duke Ellington” played this tune so many ways that it could be anybody’s tune.This is in the style of “Django Rienhardth”.

(… the name should of course be spelled: Django Reinhardt)


BALEARICUS I – PERDIDO ( Duke Ellington)

Additional Information

Wikipedia George Barnes (Eng.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Barnes_%28musician%29

ClassicJazzGuitar.com about George Barnes (very informative): http://classicjazzguitar.com/artists/artists_page.jsp?artist=6

Information about the song Perdido: http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-0/perdido.htm



Stephane Wrembel – Gypsy Jazz Guitar – Vicky Cristina…

Stephane Wrembel was born in France and grew up there. For many years he played the music of Django Reinhardt and the gypsies. Later he studied at the Berklee College of Music and has been living in New York City for about 10 years now.

Stephane Wrembel has recorded several CDs  and has compiled a method for the gypsy jazz guitar.

If you like to play this kind of music, you should visit Stepahn Wrembel’s homepage http://www.stephanewrembel.com/. There you can find a set of playalong files for gypsy jazz tunes like Minor Swing, All of Me, Nuages, Sweet Georgia Brown and many more. That’s a fantastic resource for learning and practicing gypsy jazz music.

Stephane Wrembel Trio with David Grisman – Gypsy Rumble

In 2008 Stephane Wrembel has recorded his last CD Gypsy Rumble, with David Grisman on mandolin as a special guest. If you like the mandolin playing of David Grisman and gypsy jazz music – then I can recommend this CD for you.

One track from this CD – Big Brother – has been selected by Woody Allen for his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Big Brother is a beautiful slow tune in gypsy jazz style – a tune that I like very much.

There has been a short review of this CD in the mandolin Cafe: http://www.mandolincafe.com/news/publish/mandolins_00980.shtml

A video of this piece is also available at youtube.

The Stephane Wrembel Trio – Big Brother

Playlist with more videos with Stephane Wrembel:

Vicky Christina Barcelona (Amazon partnerlink)

Gypsy Rumble (Amazon partnerlink)