John Jorgenson Quintet
The John Jorgenson Quintet is an American gypsy jazz band featuring guitarist John Jorgenson, a pioneer of the American gypsy jazz movement. The ensemble was originally formed in 2004 for the release of "Franco-American Swing".
The current band members playing along with John Jorgenson are jazz violinist Jason Anick, rhythm guitarist Doug Martin, bassist Simon Planting, and percussionist Rick Reed. The quintet tours worldwide playing gypsy jazz.
The John Jorgenson Quintet performs gypsy jazz, a style of music made famous by French guitarist Django Reinhardt. The quintet recreates the music of Reinhardt for the films Gattaca and Head in the Clouds. In Head in the Clouds, John Jorgenson portrays Reinhardt on camera.
Jorgenson has recorded five albums of Gypsy Jazz and related music: "After You've Gone" (Curb Records, 1988), "Franco-American Swing" (2004, Pharaoh Records), "Ultraspontane" (2007, Pharaoh Records/J2 Records), "One Stolen Night" (2010, Pharaoh Records/J2 Records) and "Istiqbal Gathering" (2010, Pharaoh Records/J2 Records).
Current band members
The jazz ensemble members are lead guitarist John Jorgenson; Doug Martin, rhythm guitarist; Jason Anick, a jazz violinist; Simon Planting, a bassist; and Rick Reed, a percussionist.
Doug Martin was born in California. He currently resides between San Francisco, California and Shanghai, China. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Doug Martin, has been playing guitar since age 12. Martin studied with guitarist Allen J. Brown, pianist Charles "Gus" Gustavson, jazz guitarist Warren Nunes, and well known classical guitarist Charles Ferguson before he joined the John Jorgenson Quintet in 2009.
Simon Planting studied jazz and improvised music at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. In 2009, Planting jointed the John Jorgenson Quintet and is re-united with Kevin Nolan.
Previous band members
Previously, the band has included Kevin Nolan, Gonzalo Bergara, Stephen Dudash, Cesare Valbusa, and Charlie Chadwick. Guitarist Bergara plays both blues and gypsy jazz. Dudash plays guitar, bass, congas and mandolin in addition to the five-string viola. Valbusa plays drums, and Chadwick plays the upright bass.
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