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John Jorgenson About the Educator

Known for his sizzling guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, GRAMMY® Award-winner John Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, and Bob Dylan. In addition to his guitar work, he is also regularly featured on the saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, mandolin, and vocals. He tours worldwide with his John Jorgenson Quintet, J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band), and John Jorgenson Electric Band.

First coming to national attention as co-founder of The Desert Rose Band, Jorgenson later gave audiences a chance to experience his fretboard fireworks in unrestrained fashion with the Hellecasters. The trio’s three original albums remain favorites of guitarists everywhere. Having been a fan of the Desert Rose Band, Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band in the mid-90’s for an 18-month run that stretched into nearly a seven-year stint of touring, recording and TV appearances with the British superstar. Jorgenson’s latest release — an ambitious limited edition 3-CD box set titled Divertuoso — features three new albums from his Quintet, J2B2, and a solo album of electric guitar work that has received widespread critical acclaim.