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December 10, 1987 | Duncan Strauss
Orange County isn't generally thought of as a great base from which to launch a pop music career, but don't tell that to John Jorgenson. Earlier this week, for instance, the Anaheim guitarist and mandolinist appeared on "The Tonight Show" backing rock legend Roy Orbison. Last month, he helped round out a nifty pick-up band, that also included pianist Van Dyke Parks, to play behind singer Syd Straw when she landed a last-minute spot opening for Warren Zevon at the Wiltern Theatre.
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January 23, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
One of the world's leading proponents of the music of Gypsy jazz innovator Django Reinhardt, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday, guitarist John Jorgenson offered illuminating anecdotes and back stories about Reinhardt's life and songs when he performed last weekend before an intimate crowd of about 100 people packed into what's normally a guitar showroom at Culver City's Boulevard Music store. But it wasn't the historical tales, nor the informed musical elucidation from Jorgenson that transfixed three children, all under 10, who looked on with delight from the front row during the performance by Jorgenson's hot-jazz quintet.
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September 11, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If John Jorgenson didn't question his own timing--leaving the consistent country hit-making Desert Rose Band last November, switching to rock 'n' roll just as country music was taking over the world--he had his friends to do it for him. "My friends were going, 'What are you doing?' " Jorgenson recalled in a recent interview from his home in Los Angeles. "They said, 'Why don't you take advantage of your country heritage?'
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September 11, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If John Jorgenson didn't question his own timing--leaving the consistent country hit-making Desert Rose Band last November, switching to rock 'n' roll just as country music was taking over the world--he had his friends to do it for him. "My friends were going, 'What are you doing?' " Jorgenson recalled in a recent interview from his home in Los Angeles. "They said, 'Why don't you take advantage of your country heritage?'
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February 21, 1992 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Jorgenson is one of the best country guitarists in the world. The Academy of Country Music made it official by voting Jorgenson "Guitarist of the Year" for 1990. Now he's becoming one of the most ubiquitous. Much of his acclaim stems from his five-year stint playing electric six- and 12-string guitar and mandolin with the Desert Rose Band. But since his departure from that Grammy-winning group several months ago, Jorgenson, 35, has watched his stock climb even higher.
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January 23, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
One of the world's leading proponents of the music of Gypsy jazz innovator Django Reinhardt, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday, guitarist John Jorgenson offered illuminating anecdotes and back stories about Reinhardt's life and songs when he performed last weekend before an intimate crowd of about 100 people packed into what's normally a guitar showroom at Culver City's Boulevard Music store. But it wasn't the historical tales, nor the informed musical elucidation from Jorgenson that transfixed three children, all under 10, who looked on with delight from the front row during the performance by Jorgenson's hot-jazz quintet.
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September 11, 1992 | STEVE HOCHMAN
More than 25 rock, country, R&B and jazz acts will perform Sunday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano to benefit the Orange County Musicians Foundation. All proceeds from the nine-hour-plus show--featuring Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers and surf guitar legend Dick Dale, as well as former Desert Rose Band guitarist John Jorgenson--will go into a fund for area musicians with serious to catastrophic medical needs.
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April 1, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM
' Can I have your autograph ?' he said, To the fat, blond actress. Y'know, I know everything you've done; Anyway, I hate divorces. --From "New Age" by the Velvet Underground * Rodney Crowell isn't fat, blond or an over-the-hill thespian, but one suspects he can relate to the protagonist of that old Velvets classic, whose fans know more about her intimate life than she might prefer. The song's author, Lou Reed, later put out an album called "Growing Up in Public."
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July 30, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers, Dick Dale and the Deltones, former Desert Rose Band guitarist John Jorgenson, Don & Dewey and Billy Swan will be among those performing a benefit concert Sept. 13 for the Orange County Musicians Foundation. The concert, from 1 to 7:30 p.m. at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, will feature more than 25 bands.
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March 20, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
There was a guy at the Wads- worth Theatre on Saturday night who looked exactly like Michael Nesmith did in the late-'60s--but that was just a member of a Monkees tribute band who'd come as a fan. On stage, the real Nesmith was having none of that particular nostalgia, playing none of his Monkees hits. He is, after all, the only member of the Prefab Four with a notable post-prime-time body of work and, not coincidentally, the only one who largely abstained from the various reunions.
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February 21, 1992 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Jorgenson is one of the best country guitarists in the world. The Academy of Country Music made it official by voting Jorgenson "Guitarist of the Year" for 1990. Now he's becoming one of the most ubiquitous. Much of his acclaim stems from his five-year stint playing electric six- and 12-string guitar and mandolin with the Desert Rose Band. But since his departure from that Grammy-winning group several months ago, Jorgenson, 35, has watched his stock climb even higher.
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December 10, 1987 | Duncan Strauss
Orange County isn't generally thought of as a great base from which to launch a pop music career, but don't tell that to John Jorgenson. Earlier this week, for instance, the Anaheim guitarist and mandolinist appeared on "The Tonight Show" backing rock legend Roy Orbison. Last month, he helped round out a nifty pick-up band, that also included pianist Van Dyke Parks, to play behind singer Syd Straw when she landed a last-minute spot opening for Warren Zevon at the Wiltern Theatre.
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January 10, 1991 | CHRIS WILLMAN
There's something about the oddly unmythological myth of Elvis Presley that lets tribute-payers get away with something less than giving it their absolute best shot--perhaps the humanizing fact that Presley spent so much of his own career studiously avoiding his own potential.
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July 2, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
When was the last time you heard baroque cello at a country music concert? Well, that's just what Lyle Lovett employed as a lead-in to his very traditional-sounding country song "Cowboy Man" at the Roxy on Tuesday. Opening for Chris Hillman's Desert Rose Band, the long, lean Texan for the most part stood somewhere between those two styles: an urbane cowboy with a sound that's generally more uptown than down-home.
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