Ventura Music Festival

John Jorgenson Quintet

7/12 at 7:30 pm
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John Jorgenson Quintet

Gypsy Jazz                                          Thursday, July 12 ~ 7:30 pm
Olivas Adobe Historical Park                    ~ 4200 Olivas Park Drive | Ventura

John Jorgenson
        │acoustic guitar, mandolin & vocals
Casey Driscoll          │round violin
Rory Hoffman          │rhythm guitar, piano & accordion
Simon Planting        │bass
Rick Reed               │percussion

Ventura’s own Grammy©-winning, multi-instrumental legend, John Jorgenson, returns to the intimate courtyard of the historic Olivas Adobe, opening the Festival under the stars with his “gypsy jazz” quintet. Doors open at 6:30 pm for pre-concert dining. BYO beverages and picnic, and enjoy full bar service on site.

This all-star quintet, formed in 2004, will perform an evening of what many call gypsy jazz—inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s swing sound out of Paris in the ’30s—that also draws on Latin, Classical, Rock and Greek idioms to bring “Le Hot Club” sound into the 21st century. The JJQ is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France and has been featured at other “Djangofests” in the US, Canada and Europe. Its albums include Divertuoso, One Night Stolen and Ultraspontane.

John Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the 2004 Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds and won a Grammy© in 2008 for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley (he was also nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs).

Casey Driscoll, JJQ’s newest member and folk fiddler extraordinaire, hails from northern California. In 2007 he attended Nashville’s Belmont University to study under Western Swing legend Buddy Spicher and then Georgia’s protean fiddle composer Frank Maloy.

Rory Hoffman, a dazzling master of over a dozen stringed, keyboard and wind instruments, started his Wunderkind music career in North Dakota with his family’s band playing Gospel. Nashville based, he has played the Grand Ole Opry numerous times, as a soloist and as a sideman with Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea and John Cowan.

Simon Planting is a Dutch bassist well-known and respected in the gypsy-jazz community. He has performed in concerts and festivals around the world compiling an impressive discography with such Dutch artists as singer Mathilde Santing and Romani guitarists Fapy Lafertin and Jimmy Rosenberg, as well as several Gypsy Jazz tributes and compilations. Simon also toured in a band with his former classmate Reiner Voet of the Gypsy Jazz duo Pigalle 44.

Rick Reed is a veteran percussionist, renowned for his intricate brushwork and swinging drive. This “Best Drummer of the Year” nominee has collaborated with cymbal manufacturer Zildjian and on Grammy©-winner Shelby Lynne’s “Tears, Lies and Alibis” album. Rick has also performed and recorded with award-winning banjo player Alison Brown, blues/slide guitar master Rick Vito, Ray Davies of the Kinks, and singer-songwriters Jennifer Niceley, Clive Gregson and Leslie Tucker.

Sponsors:          Celine Gillibrand for P.W. Gillibrand Co., Inc.
                        Montecito Bank & Trust
                        Rosalind C. Warner, MD & Michael Hogan, MD