Gig: Gypsy Jazz, Liverpool – 29 Feb

Posted on: Friday, Feb 1, 2008

Frank Donovan will be promoting an evening’s entertainment with The John Jorgenson Quintet at Haig House Club, Woolton Road in Garston on Friday, 29th February.
Tickets are £15 each and available from Frank at or phone him on 07786 908410.

From Wikipedia…

Gypsy jazz is an idiom sometimes said to have been started by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France it is often called by the French name, ‘Jazz manouche,’ or alternatively, ‘manouche jazz,’ even in English language sources. Django was foremost among a group of guitarists working in and around Paris in the late 1920s and 30s. Many of the musicians in this style worked in Paris in various popular Musette ensembles. The Musette style waltz remains an important component in the Gypsy jazz repertoire. Reinhardt was noted for combining a dark, chromatic Gypsy flavor with the swing articulation of the period. This combination is critical to this style of jazz. In addition to this his approach continues to form the basis for contemporary Gypsy jazz guitar. Reinhardt’s most famous group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, also brought fame to jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli

Gypsy jazz is thriving today, with fans and practitioners found all over the globe. The largest audiences and highest calibre of musicians are still found in Europe, as this is where the style originates. Stochelo Rosenberg and Biréli Lagrène are perhaps the most famous performers today. There is also a substantial American Gypsy Jazz movement headed by groups like Pearl Django and the John Jorgenson Quintet.

Contacts can check out all of John’s musical background and listen to some of his music on his website

The promoter Frank Donovan says….

I will thank you in advance for any support you can give me to make this another fantastic show with John Jorgenson in what is our European Capital of Culture year of 2008. It will be an honour to have an American musician of the highest possible class play for us, and he in turn will be honoured to play here in this very important year of 2008. A special musician for a special city, during a special year.

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