March’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature guitarist Patrick Berrogain in a program of gypsy jazz. This is a style of jazz often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. He was foremost among a group of Romani guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s through the 1950s, and was noted for combining a dark, chromatic gypsy flavor with the swing articulation of the period. This combination is critical to this style of jazz. His approach continues to form the basis for contemporary gypsy jazz guitar. The program will last 45 minutes.
Born in the south of France, Patrick Berrogain bought his first guitar at the age of 14 and began playing semi-professionally while finishing high school. At 19 he got a job with an Italian pop band and traveled the world with it for five years. Then he moved to Ivory Coast, Africa where he performed pop and musette music with a local band. In 1984 Berrogain moved to America and enrolled in the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood where he honed his jazz guitar skills and studied composition and arranging at the Dick Groove School of Music. He graduated from the Institute in 1985 and moved to San Diego in 1986 where he has lived since then. His interest in gypsy jazz peaked in 1998 when he co-founded a gypsy jazz band called the Hot Club of San Diego. Today, Berrogain enjoys writing and arranging for the band. His music has been used on radio and television around the world.
The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For more information, call (858) 552-1668.