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John Jorgenson Quintet On Mountain Stage

John Jorgenson was an original member of the Desert Rose Band, a founder of guitar-guru group The Hellecasters, and a six-year veteran in Elton John's touring band. Since his 2004 album Franco American Swing, Jorgenson has specialized in the hot club sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, calling Reinhardt (who would have turned 100 this year) the group's "spiritual, musical mentor."

Hear Jorgenson and his quintet — Jason Anick on violin, Doug Martin on rhythm guitar, Simon Planting on bass and Rick Reed on percussion — visit Mountain Stage to perform songs from his latest album, One Stolen Night, which includes several of his own compositions in the "gypsy jazz" style and Reinhardt's romantic number "Billets Doux" ("Love Letters").

This Mountain Stage performance was originally published on July 13, 2010.

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