The Gil Gutierrez Trio at Jazz Standard

Joining a classical pianist friend at Jazz Standard’s first set tonight for dinner and music was all the more enjoyable thanks to the extraordinary trio, Gil Gutiérrez on guitar, Robert Stern on violin, and David Rodriguez on bass. In fact, I was so enthralled with the trio’s lush arrangements of some of my favorite tango tunes, listed above, that I stayed for the second set, and there were additional tunes, plus ravishing encores of the Piazzolla and Laurenz tangos.

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Connections: Tango Time

The meeting room of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, which is regularly filled by Sunday-school classes and women’s-club suppers, is not exactly where you would expect to go to a Latin jazz concert by a world-class performer. On Saturday night, however, the music, and some tango dancing, took over.

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Gil Gutiérrez and a Place Called Zandunga / By Rebecca Kalmehar

Longitude 100 37’25.50 West and Latitude 20 48’ 47.44 North at 7,087 feet altitude just outside San Miguel de Allende, along the Jalpa valley road, where mountains rise to the south and boys herd Brahma bulls, almost smack dab in the middle of Mexico – this is his place. Gil Gutierrez can play guitar anywhere in the world he wants. He has played in Carnegie Hall and as a soloist with symphony orchestras in the United States. He’s toured Latin America, Spain and Mexico with pop stars Francisco Céspedes, Ana Gabriel, Ricardo Arjona and Pedro Guerra and toured with Doc Severinsen.
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Doc Severinsen & The San Miguel Five

“Severinsen certainly is… among the greatest trumpeters of our time.”
By Mimi Beck Knudsen, Reno Gazette-Journal, July 18, 2011.

The vivacious trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen leads the San Miguel Five in an evening of sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz. It is virtuoso classical Spanish with a jazz flair, gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus some great movie music and some gypsy jazz, à la Django Reinhardt.
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Portrait of the Artist: Gil Gutiérrez

I studied at a fine art school. I was doing sculpture with stone when I was 9 years old. Then I was painting for a couple of years, doing ceramics as well. Then when I was almost 12 I started playing cello a lot of cello, but i didn’t have a cello at the time so Ihad to wait all the time in school for a cello when one was free. Then I moved to piano and took lessons, but we didn’t have a piano. Then I played the guitar, guitars were cheap.

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