Alumnus brings Gypsy Jazz to The Performance Loft

Grammy nominee and Redlands alumnus John Jorgenson is bringing his gypsy jazz style back to Redlands.

 Jorgenson, who graduated from Redlands in 1978, will perform Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Performance Loft, 345 North 5th St. in Redlands. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $8 for students.

In 2008, he was nominated for his collaboration with country superstar Brad Paisley on the song “Cluster Pluck.” The song featured several guest pickers, who exchanged intense, energetic guitar rifts throughout the song.

The standout musician has credited the university with broadening his instrumental horizons and encouraging him to explore different styles of music. Thanks to his experimentation, he is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement.

Not long after graduating, Jorgenson gained national attention in the mid-1980s with The Desert Rose Band, a group he co-founded. The band had five chart-topping singles and garnered numerous awards. Jorgenson also won the Academy of Country Music’s “Guitarist of the Year” award three times in a row.

He later joined the guitar trio The Helllecasters. The group won both “Album of the Year” and “Country Album of the Year” from readers of Guitar Player magazine for their debut record, “Return of the Hellecasters.”

Jorgenson toured six years with Elton John and has performed with artists including Billy Joel and Sting. His compositions also have been featured in numerous TV and film scores.

Call The Performance Loft at 909-748-6262 for more information.

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