Mark O'Connor On Mountain Stage

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Highly adored around the world and widely recognized in multiple genres, violinist and composer Mark O'Connor never stays in one place long. His first violin concerto has been performed more than 200 times across the world, and he's recorded an estimated 35 albums. In addition, he's just released his first instructional regimen and is currently composing new works.

Once a student of hot-jazz progenitor Stephane Grappelli, O'Connor has always preserved and innovated within the jazz manouche traditions set by Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.

Set List

  • "Sweet Suzanne"
  • "Stars Fell on Alabama"
  • "Honeysuckle Rose"
  • Guitar Duo
  • "Fiddler Going Home"
  • "Gypsy Fantastic"

Returning to Mountain Stage to perform some uptempo swing music, O'Connor brings the latest incarnation of his Hot Swing band to Mountain Stage. Joined by vocalist Heather Masse, bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and the dual guitar attack of Frank Vignola and Julian Lage, O'Connor touches on some standards, showcases his guitarists and vocalist, and puts three of his own compositions on display in this performance recorded in January 2010.

This Mountain Stage performance originally aired April 5, 2010.

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