The fiery rhythms of Argentine gypsy jazz will heat up Plaza Palomino this weekend when the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet performs. For ticket information, call 800-594-8499 or visit rhythmandroots.org.

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The all acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will play a modern variant of 1930’s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz this Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. at Hot Club of Tucson in Plaza Palamino, at Swan and Fort Lowell. Composer and lead guitarist Bergara mixes cascades of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina.

He is supported by an ace clarinetist and a honed rhythm section. Bergara is fiery and focused, while the hard-swinging band takes the audience for a ride.

Bergara spent several years living and playing music in France and touring the world with the John Jorgenson Quintet. He has created a unique playing style, bringing intense emotion to his music with cascading arpeggios, insightful pacing and variety.

His recent CD, “Porteña Soledad,” received glowing reviews from around the world. According to Guitar Player Magazine, “Gonzalo Bergara has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity.”

Bergara began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17, he had already fronted his own blues trio on national television. He arrived in America in 2000, and in the short time since, has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists, including Tim Hausser of Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and many more.

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet features Gonzalo Bergara on lead acoustic guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Rob Hardt on clarinet and tenor saxophone and Brian Netzley on upright bass. They are joined by local violinist Nick Coventry.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. They may be purchased in advance at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave.; from all Bookmans locations, and at Dark Star Leather in Plaza Palomino.

For more information, call 800-594-8499 or 319-9966, or visit www.rhythmandroots.org.

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