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Tino Gonzales
'A Latin gem' (B.B. King)

 The guitarist, singer-songwriter Tino Gonzales was born in Chicago to Mexican parents. Now living in Europe,  he has toured for over 30 years fronting his own outfits and working with a vast array of artists including B.B King, Ben E. King, Etta James, Earth Wind & Fire, Freddie Hubbard,  Robert Cray and Willie Nelson.  

Carlos Santana has rated Tino as one of his favourite guitarists and, B.B. King has called him ‘a Latin gem’.  He has often been referred to as 'the Santana of the blues’, but the stylistic range of his playing and compositions goes much further than that.  It is difficult to categorise the blend of funky blues, jazz and Latin fusion, peppered with eclectic influences from all corners of the world, that is indicative of Tino’s free spiritAbove all, he writes and performs his compositions with passion -  for music, love, life and peace. 

  Tino has somehow managed to find time, between extensive touring throughout Europe and producing albums for other artists, to explore new directions in his prolific output of at least one album of new compositions every year.  

  In 2004 he augmented his already formidable band of well-known musicians with additional international heavyweights to form two amazing outfits:

Tino Gonzales’ Electric Latin Blues Band 

and  The Acoustic Latin Project.  

Both bands  were launched  at the renowned Wendelstein Jazz Festival in Germany in 2004

 The Electric Latin Blues Band concert (28th) and the Acoustic Latin Project. concert (30th) were RECORDED LIVE for a  DVD  released in 2005 to coincide with Tino's first major tour of the UK and Ireland. He returned in 2006 for a mini-tour, including a much- acclaimed performance at the Four-Four Time Festival in Buxton.

Stay tuned for Tino's return to the UK in autumn 2007 to promote his next album.  

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Electric Latin Blues Band

Tino Gonzales - guitar, vocals

Sjan Pho Duc - piano, keyboards

Darryl Taylor - bass

Kenny Martin  - drums

Daniel "Topo" Gioia - percussion

René Decker - alto sax

Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq - tenor sax

Christian Grabandt - trumpet

Kevin Robinson - trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger

The Acoustic Latin Project

Tino Gonzales - guitar, vocals

Hank Roberts  - cello

John Buck - guitar

Lionel Suarez - accordion

Sjan Pho Duc - piano, keyboards

Darryl Taylor - bass

Stan Michalak - bass

Kenny Martin  - drums

Daniel "Topo" Gioia - percussion




Between then, these musicians have played with a galaxy of star names across the jazz spectrum, eg:

 George Benson, Tim Berne, Walter Bishop, Carla Bley, Kenny  Burrell,  Ray Charles,  Arnett Cobb, Defunkt,

  Bill Frisell,   Jimmy Garrison, Gloria Gaynor, Incognito, Jazz Jamaica, Jaco Pastorius,  Ricky Martin,

  Courtney Pine,  David Sanborn, Sting, Mike Stern,  Sonny Stitt and Andy Summers, to name but a few!! 

 Please contact Flora for further info.


You can also check out Tino's website