Jorgenson is best known for his devotion to “gypsy jazz,” a melodic genre originating with Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s and ‘40s.
Jorgenson first came to international attention with The Desert Rose Band, a country-rock group co-founded with original Byrds member Chris Hillman. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Jorgenson was an in-demand session guitarist in Southern California, collaborating with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger and Barbra Streisand. Jorgenson also joined with two other noted session guitarists, Will Ray and Jerry Donahue, to form The Hellecasters, a group that recorded three albums spotlighting the legendary Fender Telecaster guitar.
Jorgenson’s virtuosity caught the attention of pop icon Elton John, who invited him to tour in 1994. That tour grew into a six-year stint with the rock superstar.