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Jose 'Juicy' Gonzales / Blog

Jose Gonzales Trio brings the music of Vince Guaraldi to life.

Good day my friends,

You know what’s coming don’t you????

The Trio plays the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”!!!!

Vince Guaraldi composed iconic music for the Peanuts special, and the trio takes you through the whole album cut by cut, with a few surprises here and there. The story behind the making of the special is compelling and dramatic- the special was almost not made, the TV producers thought the music was weird and inappropriate; the time crunch to get the special made was intense. I’ll tell some stories about the making of the music and the special in between the songs- they make a fascinating narrative backdrop to the music.

This show has become very popular and we are now performing it at 3 locations, with fantastic bassist Michael Marcus, and our little drummer boy, Matt Jorgensen:

Sunday December 13th, doors open at 6pm for cocktails, with concert starting at 7pm. At the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. Ticket link here: http://charlie.brownpapertickets.com/ (if you buy tickets before Thanksgiving for this show, you can get em for discount!)

The piano at Cornish Playhouse is like being a painter: it’s smooth, responsive, clear, and rich. We played the show there last year, and I felt that this was the ideal place for this concert: great seating, wonderful acoustics, exemplary piano- an all around great vibe. This show is a benefit for Strawberry Theatre Workshop, one of my favorite theaters in Seattle. They have a home now at 12th Ave Arts and I hope you are able to catch some of their current season. http://www.strawshop.org/

Saturday, December 19th, 7:30pm at Vashon Allied Arts, (19704 Vashon Hwy SW Vashon Island, WA) Ticket link here: http://vashonalliedarts.org/jazz/

just click on the Jose Gonzales Trio link.

We did the show last year at Vashon Allied Arts, and it was a smashing success. They asked us if we would do it again this year…hmmm, let me think…YES! It’s nice to take this show to one of the island communities that are so supportive and kind. And, if you aren’t able to make the Seattle show, this makes a nice outing on the ferry.

Sunday, December 20th, 4pm at Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theatre in Snohomish, WA. (1211 4th St, Snohomish, WA 98290) Ticket link here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2413470

This lovely community-focused theater is perfect for this show. We are so happy to bring it up north. Tim and Cyndi and the rest of the gang at the Theatre are so welcoming, kind and gracious- it’s a real pleasure to perform there.

Other notable shows:

Saturday, November 28th at Scotch and Vine in Des Moines. 8-11pm. Free. The Scotch and Vine has a broad, comprehensive selection of Scotch as well as a wide variety of world class wines from around the globe. Hmmmm, fine scotch, delightful wine, good food, and swinging music…what’s stopping you? We hope to see you there.

22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 206-592-2139

Thursday, Dec. 31st at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 7-8:30pm. $10 at the door. Reservations here: reservations@ballardjamhouse.com or call (206) 789-1621 during business hours.

That’s right, we’re doing a New Year’s show…well, an early New Year’s show. Let’s be honest, I like to be home by midnight on New Years. I booked this show for the early birds, or for people who want a little action before the clock strikes…9! This show is all ages. Fun times will be had.

I hope the holiday season keeps you and your loved ones safe and joyful.

In appreciation, Jose Gonzales

Saturday, Jan. 24th at Egan's ballard Jam House!

Hello Friends! I have a fun concert coming up that I would truly appreciate your presence at: This Saturday, January 24th at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, (http://www.ballardjamhouse.com) right on Market Street just off 15th Ave. NW. (1707 Northwest Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107) 9pm. $10. This appearance features Michael Marcus on bass and Matt Jorgensen on drums. I’ve been working with these fine musicians for a few years now, and we’ve really gotten a tight groove happening. If you saw my Charlie Brown concert, these two were with me, adding their wonderful musicianship to the evening. I’m very proud and excited to be developing this musical and personal relationship with these fine gentlemen. Come witness the grooves! Other show this month: Saturday, Jan. 31st at Scotch and Vine in Des Moines. 7-10pm. Free. The Scotch and Vine has a broad, comprehensive selection of Scotch as well as a wide variety of world class wines from around the globe. Hmmmm, fine scotch, delightful wine, good food, and swinging music…what’s stopping you? We hope to see you there. 22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 206-592-2139

The Trio in Full Effect, December 2014 and Jan 2015!

The Trio in Full Effect, December and Jan! Hello Friends, The trio will present Vince Guaraldi’s classic album, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for two performances this year. This is our fourth year playing this show, and it keeps getting better! In SEATTLE,we will perform at The Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center on Thursday, Dec 11, 7:00pm. Advanced tickets and info here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/750537 On VASHON ISLAND, we will perform at Vashon Allied Arts Saturday, Dec. 20th, 7pm.Tickets and info here: http://vashonalliedarts.org/jose-gonzales/ This is a meaningful and fulfilling show- a family friendly event. I hope you can make one of these special showings. I have a full schedule of performances through January now posted on my ReverbNation site: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_shows/135621 I hope to see you out and about- thanks for your time and support!

May and June doings....

Ladies and Gentlemen, The trio goes on a bit of a hiatus as I hunker down with music director/band leader duties for a show I’m so excited to be working on: Passing Strange. For those who aren’t in the know, Passing Strange is a rock musical that played on Broadway in 2008, garnering critical acclaim and awards. The story deals with the discovery, growth, and expectations of being an artist, in particular a musician. It’s a beautiful story, and the songs are raw, energizing, and rocking! I choose my theater projects very carefully, as they take up so much of my time and energy. This is one project I’m glad to give my time to. I urge you to come and see the Northwest premiere of this exciting and vital piece. Playing at ACT in the Bullitt Cabaret: June 10th – June 29th. Here’s the website for ticket info and other details: http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/PassingStrange?date=6%2f14%2f2014 But one more gig before it begins. It would be lovely to have your tapping toes and bright smiles to enjoy while we groove the night away… Thursday, May 8th: at Musiquarium at the Triple Door. 9-midnight. We’ll be downtown this night and would love to see your face. No cover. Upstairs at the Triple Door in the bar. Sweetness. ~ Jose

March, April and May!

Saturday, March 22nd: at The Scotch and Vine in Des Moines. 7-10pm. Free. Hmmmm, swinging music, great, caring staff, fine scotch, delightful wine, and good food- what’s stopping you? We hope to see you there. No cover. 22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 206-592-2139 Tuesday, March 25th and Tuesday, April 8th: at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, downtown Seattle. 6-10pm. Matt, Michael and I will be playing through standards. Come on down and check it out. No cover, just please…drink. 621 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 Thursday, May 8th: at Musiquarium at the Triple Door. 9-midnight. We’ll be downtown this night and would love to see your face. No cover. Upstairs at the Triple Door in the bar. Sweetness. As many of you know, I also have a life in the theater. I’m very excited to be the music director and band leader for Passing Strange, a kick ass rock musical that will perform at ACT in JUNE. I’ve gathered a rockin band. You won’t want to miss this. Check out the details, it’s gonna be amazing!!! http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/PassingStrange When I do theater, my music schedule slows down a bit. I’ll still be gigging, but the majority of my time in May and June will be dedicated to the musical. Come out and support live music! You can find more details here: http://www.reverbnation.com/josegonzalestrio ~ Jose

February doings!

Hello pals, February is looking good. Some regular shows, as well as a special concert appearance. Check out the details below: Saturday, Feb 1st, 8pm-10pm: St. Clouds, no cover. Master bassist Michael Marcus and I get our duo grooves on at this fine establishment at 34th and Union in Madrona. For reservations call: (206) 726-1522 Thursday, Feb 6that 1pm, and Saturday, Feb 8thth at 2pm: NorthwestFlower and Garden Show: The Trio gets to entertain at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Last year was a blast, so carve out some time to check out our groovy sounds while surrounded by the best of Northwest gardens! Tickets to the Garden show here: https://www.gardenshow.com/tickets/ Saturday, Feb. 15th, 7:30pm on Vashon Island. We’re pleased to present a very special concert at TheBlue Heron, home of Vashon AlliedArts: 19704 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070 Here's what they're saying: “Renowned Seattle Jazz Trio fronted by the smooth vocals of Jose ‘Juicy’ Gonzales plays Valentine’s Day weekend. Their diverse repertory draws from the standards as well as contemporary pop music, all inflected with their signature bluesy and funk-inflected improvisation.” Tickets here: http://vashonalliedarts.org/jose-gonzales-trio/ Saturday, Feb. 22nd: at The Scotch and Vine in Des Moines. 7-10pm. Free. Hmm, swinging music, great, caring staff, fine scotch,delightful wine, and good food- nothing’s stopping you! We hope to see you there. 22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 206-592-2139

Jan/Feb shows

Saturday, Jan 4th: St. Clouds, 8pm-10pm, nocover. Special guest guitarist Leif Totusek join Michael and I for grooves and more! Monday, Jan 13th:SandBox Radio Live. At ACT downtown. This is a live radio podcast. We have playwrights write the scripts for radio, I write the music, we perform and record with a live audience, then edit it and release it as a podcast. A great, inventive project putting some of Seattle’s best stage talent to good use. Tickets here: http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/SRLTheFoodofLove Saturday, Jan. 18th:at The Scotch and Vine in Des Moines. 7-10pm. Free. Hmmmm, swinging music, wonderful owners, great, caring staff, fine scotch, delightful wine, and good food- what’s stopping you? We hope to see you there. 22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA206-592-2139 Mark your calendar for some great shows in Feb: The Northwest Flower and Garden Show- Feb 6th and 8th and Vashon Allied Arts Center Saturday Feb 15th- a very special concert. You can find all thedetails here: http://www.reverbnation.com/josegonzalestrio

SNOOPY in SNOHOMISH!

Well, it looks like Town Hall is close to being sold out! WOW! You have one other chance to catch this uplifting and classic performance of Vince Guaraldi's iconic album "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Sit back at the cozy and welcoming space of Tim Noah's Thumbnail Theater in SNOHOMISH, WA, and enjoy the sounds of a highly skilled jazz trio performing some of your favorite Christmas songs from the animated special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." I hope you can join us for this special performance. Advanced Tickets STRONGLY SUGGESTED: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/518218

Charlie Brown Christmas at Town Hall Seattle!

I'm very excited to play the full Vince Guaraldi album on Monday, Dec. 9th at Town Hall Seattle. This is its third year and it just keeps getting better. I hope you're able to enjoy this excellent concert! Tickets here: http://www.strawshop.org/

Friday, Sept. 20th at EGAN'S!

Hello friends, *Friday, Sept. 20th* I have a special show at Egan's Ballard Jam House. Why is it special? The venue. If you haven't been to Egan's, it's one of those music clubs that keeps the music front and center. Loud talkers and dinner conversationalists are at a minimum- the focus is on the MUSIC! I'll be creating and sharing the sounds with two fantastic musicians: Michael Marcus on bass and Robert Rushing on drums. I can't say enough about these lovely, aware musicians, so I'll just let their playing do the talking. I truly hope you'll be able to make this special engagement. Here are the details: *Friday Sept. 20th, 9pm* *Egan's Ballard Jam House*- 1707 NW Market St Seattle, WA 98107 Reserve seats here: (206) 789-1621 $10 Many thanks for your time and SUPPORT!~ Jose