JAMES GONZALES BIO

May 3--Thursday            OUTPOST YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE        Outpost Performance Space
7:30 PM                                                    (
JAZZ)                                                210 Yale SE
                                                                                                                     (UNM area)
                                                                                                          2 blocks south of Central
                                                     
 Opening for

                                        THE CINDY BLACKMAN TRIO
                      
           
Steve Figueroa-piano, P.G.-trumpet, Doug Lawrence-saxophone, Colin Deuble-bass, James-drums
Drummer, James Gonzales, started sitting-in with local pros when he was 14 years old.  
He played his first professional date with his father, Paul Gonzales, when he was 15.  
At the age of 16, he led his own group, the
James Gonzales Quintet, at the Outpost
Performance Space.  Now, at 17, he is a free-lance Jazz drummer and performs with
his Rock band,
Shadow For War.  

James has worked with local stalwarts: Steve Figueroa, Patty Stephens, Bert Dalton,
Milo Jaramillo,Rodney Bowe, Dimi Disanti, Colin Deuble, John Lewis, Dan Spanogle,
and Michael Olivola.  James' first jam session, when he was 12 years old, was with
James Williams.  Some of the musicians that James has sit-in with include: Bobby
Shew, Doug Lawrence, Dan Trudell, Cesar Bauvallet, Arlen Asher, John Rangel, Justin
Ray, Greg Ruggiero, Rob Wilkerson, Randy Napoleon, Luis Guerra, Kanoa Kaluhiwa,
Chris Ishee, Stu MacAskie, and David Parlato.

James calls Art Blakey (Buhaina) his drum-hero.  His other favorite drummers are Billy
Higgins, "Philly" Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, "Papa" Jo Jones, Max Roach, and Alan
Dawson.  When James was 6 years old, he had his first drum lessons with Ken Battat.  
He currently studies with Andrew Poling.  Diego Arencon & John Trentacosta have had
a big influence on James, with their advice and encouragement over the years.  
James' Gigs
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January 11--Friday                SHADOW FOR WAR (ROCK)                The Compound--ABQ
7:00 PM                                            Antonio-guitar                                     3206 San Mateo NE
                                                     Estevon-guitar                                    
                                                        Dillon-bass                 
                                                      Derrick-vocals
                                                      James-drums              

June 23--Saturday                    PAUL GONZALES QUARTET (JAZZ)          Seasons--ABQ
7:30 PM--11:00 PM                            Bert Dalton-piano                           2031 Mountain Rd  NW  
                                                      Milo Jaramillo-bass                                    (Old Town)
                                                           Paul-trumpet
                                                          James-drums

April 28--Saturday                              STEVE FIGUEROA (JAZZ)               Bumble Bee's--ABQ
6:00 PM--9:00 PM                                   AND FRIENDS                               3423 Central NE
                                                            Steve-piano                                      in Nob Hill
                                                       Colin Deuble-bass                       (across from
Flying Star)
                                                          James-drums