Sponsored by Ron & Susan Whitaker
Partial support by Willard & Jean Holland, Richard K. Lane, Dave Lake & Linda Wright and Roger Wood Foods
Formed in 2004, the John Jorgenson Quintet is the only American act to ever headline the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in France. While the band’s style has been called “gypsy jazz” for its dynamic string-driven swing sound based on the music played by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, guitarist Jorgenson’s compositional approach draws on elements from Latin, Romanian, classical, rock and Greek music. In addition to its namesake founder, John Jorgenson Quintet includes guitarist Max O’Rourke, bassist Simon Planting, pianist Rory Hoffman and percussionist Rick Reed.
“John Jorgenson is one of the most respected guitarists in the world…” Los Angeles Times
One of America’s most talented and entertaining jazz guitarists, Frank Vignola has accompanied, performed and recorded with some of the world’s top musicians including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the New York Pops and guitar legend Les Paul. In 1987, Vignola formed the Hot Club Quintet, named after the famed Quintette du Hot Club de France founded by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.
Savannah’s own Velvet Caravan rounds out this special bill at the Charles H. Morris Center. Founded by classically trained, Venezuelan-born violinist Ricardo Ochoa, the quintet is equally at home performing in an intimate club setting or sharing a concert stage with symphony orchestras. Velvet Caravan performs a repertoire combining gypsy jazz, Latin swing, southern honky-tonk and classical chamber music. In addition to Ochoa, Velvet Caravan includes bassist Eric Dunn, guitarist Ken Allday, percussionist Vuk Pavlovic and keyboardist-accordionist Jared Hall.