Concert Under the Stars featuring The John Jorgenson Quintet
The Gardens' annual outdoor live-music extravaganza! Grab your family and friends and get down to the Gypsy Jazz sounds of The John Jorgenson Quintet. The group's style has been called Gypsy Jazz after the dynamic string-driven swing created in 1930's Paris. Grammy-winning Jorgenson kicks it up a notch with his blistering guitar licks and mastery of multiple instruments. Violinist Ashley Liberty and Pianist Daniel Strange open the show. Prepare your themed picnic and experience an unforgettable evening under the stars. Advance tickets $20/adult; $8/child. Children under 5 admitted free. Includes all-day Gardens admission.
Saturday, April 25 @ 7 p.m.
A Dynamic, String-Driven Night of Gypsy Jazz & Blistering Guitar Licks!
Join us for an incredibly fun evening during our annual springtime Concert Under the Stars, featuring the Gypsy Jazz sounds of The John Jorgenson Quintet with special guests Ashley Liberty & Daniel Strange.
Gardens’ carillonneur Geert D’hollander will give a special pre-concert performance on the Singing Tower carillon. There will also be a picnic contest with prizes awarded for Best Americana picnic, Best Jazz picnic, and Best Overall.
For food sales, the Blue Palmetto Cafe will stay open until 7 p.m. Beverages will be available to purchase on the concert lawn throughout the event. Pre-ordered boxed picnics are available by calling 863-676-1355. The Tower & Garden Gift Shop will remain open until after the concert is over (10:30 p.m.).
About The John Jorgenson Quintet
Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on the saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, mandolin and vocals, and has garnered recognition for contributing to numerous platinum-selling and Grammy-winning albums.
The John Jorgenson Quintet creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and casual music fans. The group’s style has been called Gypsy Jazz after the dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930′s Paris, but Jorgenson’s compositions draw in elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock and Greek styles, so “21st-Century World Music” is perhaps a more apt description.
First coming to national attention in the mid-1980’s as co-founder of successful country-rock act The Desert Rose Band, an eclectic array of artists such as Bob Seger and Barbara Streisand were drawn to add Jorgenson’s artistry to their own recordings. Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band in 1994 for an 18-month tour that stretched into a six-year stint of touring, recording and TV appearances with the British superstar, in addition to collaborations with other artists including Sting and Billy Joel.
“If there were a Summer Olympics for guitarists, Jorgenson would be a sure-fire gold medalist.”
- The Washington Post
“Jorgenson is perhaps the best jazz guitarist alive.”
- The New York Times
Over the years, Jorgenson has continued to honor the legacy of Django Reinhardt by bringing his unique brand of Gypsy Jazz to the masses. He continues to expand his dynamic range of musical offerings, exploring new elements of world music, bluegrass, rock and classical as he captivates and enlightens listeners. With soaring melodies and driving rhythms, his brilliant guitar work leads the way and his contribution is truly one of a kind.
Legends like Elton John, Earl Scruggs and Duane Eddy along with fellow guitarists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Peter Frampton and Brad Paisley have sung Jorgenson’s praises, and the best way to find out what they already know is to check out this artist who is leaving a lasting legacy in the art of guitar performance.
Ashley Liberty & Daniel Strange get things started!
About Ashley Liberty, violin Ashley Liberty’s violin playing has taken her from Maine to Miami and around the world. She has performed on stages in 13 different countries, some of which include Austria, Brazil, Israel and Japan.
Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York City, and began her graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, later completing her Master of Music degree at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music (FSOM) as the violin teaching assistant.
In Miami, she has performed with a wide range of artists, including Bruce Hornsby, Andrea Bocelli, Bernadette Peters, Steve Miller and Ricky Skaggs. She has performed as the concertmaster for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra for performances alongside Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre, and the Frost School of Music’s world premiere of the musical, Lanza, featuring actor Robert Davi. She also led the orchestra in an HBO special with comedian Robert Klein.
Ashley has performed many times as a member of the Naples Philharmonic and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. She was also the lead violinist for the 12 Irish Tenors for their Canadian concert dates. She frequently performs with her husband, pianist Daniel Strange, and the two have released their first album, Snapshot, which features a wide range of styles.
About Daniel Strange, piano As a complete styles pianist and accompanist, Daniel Strange has performed on a variety of stages from Carnegie Hall to NBC’s The Today Show. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine, where he was awarded the Excellence in Music Award. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music (FSOM), where he served as the jazz piano teaching assistant and pianist for the Grammy-nominated Frost Concert Jazz Band.
Daniel has performed with critically-acclaimed artists representing multiple genres, including Eric Marienthal, Arturo Sandoval, Jorge Calandrelli, Jodi Benson, Susan Egan, Robert Davi, Mark O’Connor, Norm Lewis, folk legend Noel Paul Stookey, Tony award winner Debbie Gravitte, and two-time Tony award winner Sutton Foster. He has played in orchestra pits for the national touring companies of Wicked, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde, and A Chorus Line.
As a composer, Daniel has written, arranged and orchestrated for numerous musical settings, including jazz, pop, choral, and orchestral. Daniel is an adjunct professor for the FSOM’s award winning Studio Music and Jazz Department, and is also the jazz piano teacher at Broward College. He is the director of the Coral Gables Congregational Church Community for the Arts Program’s All-Star Jazz Ensemble, which recently released their first album With A Swing!
Daniel can be heard on his album, Life As I Hear It, his first solo project featuring his original compositions and an all-star line up of musicians! He can also be heard on Ivan Gancedo’s Forever, the Stephen Guerra Big Band’s Namesake, as well as his album with his wife, violinist Ashley Liberty, entitled Snapshot.