Connie Evingson and the John Jorgenson Quintet: All the Cats Join In

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All the Cats Join In cd cover

photo by Travis Anderson

  1. Love Me or Leave Me
  2. I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me
  3. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  4. Jardin D’hiver
  5. All the Cats Join In / Tickle Toe
  6. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  7. Black Orpheus
  8. I’ll Follow the Sun
  9. Solitude
  10. Jersey Bounce
  11. You’re Driving Me Crazy
  12. Moonlight
  13. World Without Love
  14. The Lamp is Low

Just got Connie Evingson's new CD… It's a homerun!! Every track is delightful… and utterly enjoyable. And the musicianship by the John Jorgenson Quintet is the icing on the cake!

Bob Collins
Jazz Producer
WRHU - Hofstra University Radio

Marking her tenth release on Minnehaha Music and third record in the hot club style of Django Reinhardt, vocalist Connie Evingson teams up with one of the leading groups in the hot club genre, the John Jorgenson Quintet. “I first heard the group at Djangofest Northwest,” says Evingson. “We performed together in Minneapolis a year later and had so much fun, we decided to make this record.” The legendary Jon Hendricks, age 93, makes a guest appearance on the title track (“All the Cats Join In”), singing vocalese lyrics he penned to Lester Young’s “Tickle Toe” for Lambert, Hendricks and Ross’s classic album, Sing a Song of Basie (’57).

The adventurous songlist includes offerings by Lennon & McCartney (“I’ll Follow the Sun”, “World Without Love”), French singer/songwriter Keren Ann (“Jardin D’hiver”) and film composer John Williams (“Moonlight”, recorded by Sting for the film Sabrina) in addition to popular standards (“Solitude”, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, “Black Orpheus”, “You’re Driving Me Crazy”, etc. ).

Known for taking divergent paths, Evingson’s past releases explored the music of Dave Frishberg (Little Did I Dream), the Beatles (Let it Be Jazz), Peggy Lee (Fever), Norman Gimbel (Sweet Happy Life), Django Reinhardt and world of gypsy jazz (Gypsy in My Soul, Stockholm Sweetnin’), Broadway (I Have Dreamed) and jazz masters (Some Cats Know). Her Gypsy in My Soul release brought her a nomination for JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in ’05.

Based in Minneapolis, Evingson has made guest appearances with Jazz at Lincoln Center, A Prairie Home Companion, the JazzMN Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and others. She appears at various Twin Cities venues and is the featured artist on the Jungle Theater’s Jazz at the Jungle series. Grammy-winning guitarist John Jorgenson is known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, having collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti and Bob Dylan. A multi-instrumentalist, he is regularly featured on mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel and vocals in addition to acoustic and electric guitar. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds, starring Charlize Theron.

To hear clips from all the songs, go to the All the Cats Join In page at CD Baby or iTunes.

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