John Jorgensen was born to musical parents and raised in California, where he was an accomplished clarinet and piano player when he first heard the Beatles and begged his parents to learn guitar. Though he earned a degree in woodwinds, the guitar remained his great love, and he worked throughout the Los Angeles club scene before settling on a gig at Disneyland, where he honed his live technique on several instruments performing seven shows a day. In 1985, he formed the Desert Rose Band with Chris Tillman. In 1990, he set off for a solo career, including a side project, the Hellecasters, a guitar trio with Will Ray and Jerry Donahue. He also toured for a number of years with Elton John, and played sessions with music legends such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand and Luciano Pavarotti. His first solo album, Emotional Savant, was released in 1999. A longtime admirer of gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt, Jorgensen was recommended by a friend to John Duigan, and ended up portraying Reinhardt on screen in HEAD IN THE CLOUDS as well as playing two of Reinhardt's compositions on the soundtrack.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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