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Gypsy jazz band welcomes guest guitarist for Bainbridge concert

Last summer, Bainbridge Island’s Roger Ferguson dazzled on mandolin in the final act at the Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival. In a special concert Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art auditorium, Ferguson will switch both genres and instruments when he performs as a guest guitarist with local gypsy jazz band Ranger & the “Re-Arrangers.”

The concert will feature music from Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" repertoire of American swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, and the music of Django Reinhardt. Violinist Ranger Sciacca will provide the counterpoint to Ferguson’s improvisations.

Ferguson grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a family of musicians. At 12, he started on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. He was soon performing with professional acts, including international star Mark O’Connor. In 1979, he established himself as a world-class player by winning the Winfield National Flatpick Guitar Championship.

Ferguson and his bands have opened for national acts such as Merle Haggard, Doug Kershaw and Emmylou Harris.

Ferguson has been touted among the “finest pickers and teachers on the planet” in Guitar Player Magazine. A master of many styles, he teaches finger-picking, flatpicking, classic rock, country, bluegrass and swing.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. Email to reserve seats.

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