Virtuoso Guitarist & Composer Gil Gutiérrez Debut Performance at Jazz Standard
Gil Gutiérrez renowned virtuoso guitarist and composer who’s performed at prestigious music halls notably the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C will make his debut appearance at the legendary Jazz Standard in New York City on Wednesday, May 24th 2017.
Gil Gutiérrez is a renowned virtuoso guitarist and classically–trained composer with a mastery of jazz, flamenco, and son cubano and known for his many performances with superstar vocalists Ana Gabriel, Francisco Céspedes, Arturo Sandoval and members of the Afro-Cuban All Stars.
A native of Oaxaca, Mexico, Gutiérrez established an avid following throughout Latin America, America and Spain for his works and performances creating original compositions with the New York Choral Society and scoring of several films including El Cochero, El Alcazar de Chapultepec and Una Causa Noble. Gutiérrez composed and performed the soundtrack for the documentary film, Lost and Found in Mexico and was featured in the National Geographic Traveler documentary The Granny Diaries.
Gutiérrez was discovered at a restaurant by famed trumpeter Doc Severinsen. Gutiérrez and Severinsen later collaborated in a group known as San Miguel Five, founded by Gutiérrez, together they performed at more than 60 concert venues worldwide.
Gil Gutiérrez will join forces with two equally gifted colleagues, violinist Robert Stern and bassist David Rodriguez, for two sets of high–level improvising at the Jazz Standard located at 116 East 27th Street in New York City for two performances on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. General Admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.jazzstandard.com or 212.576.2232.
Gil Gutiérrez, Guitar
Robert Stern, Violin
David Rodriguez, Bass
About Gil Gutiérrez:
At age fourteen he began playing classical guitar in restaurants in Oaxaca and caught the attention of German born guitarist Wolfgang “Lobo” Fink of Willie & Lobo. At 17, he teamed up with Fink to play venues in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. When Fink returned to Germany, Gutiérrez went to Mexico City to study jazz earning money by playing his guitar on city busesThe guitarist has played in South America and Spain with Ana Gabriel, Ricardo Arjona, Francisco Céspedes, and Pedro Guerra. A virtuoso with the nylon string guitar and tres, Gutiérrez has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.[ and to a crowd of 10,000 people at Millennium Park, Chicago Gutiérrez is recognized for his unique ability to connect with the audience and channeling a bit of the local energy into each performance.
Gutiérrez talent was discovered by Doc Severinsen, who heard him play at a restaurant in San Miguel de Allende. Severinsen led the NBC Orchestra for twenty years on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. They recorded their first album together in 2007 called En Mi Corazón. Gutierrez is the band leader founder and musical director of the group the San Miguel 5 and they have performed with symphony orchestras across the United States. Other musicians of the San Miguel 5 include Grammy winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, Cuban percussionist Jimmy Branly and bass player Kevin Thomas. In 2011 Gil Gutiérrez and Doc Severinsen played at New York City’s Carnegie Hall accompanied by the New York under the direction of conductor Steven Reineke.
Gutiérrez has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Symphony, Florida Symphony and with the Doc Severinsen Big Band Tour in Dallas, Texas. In 2013 he was the featured artist and directed the ensemble at the Calaca Festival honoring Chavela Vargas in San Miguel de Allende. Constantly pushing boundaries as a musical director he brings together new combinations of musicians and musical styles. These include opera, jazz, cantaor flamenco, Cuban and Mexican styles to create performances considered the cultural vanguard. Among his works are performances of his original compositions with the New York Choral Society and scoring of several films including El Cochero, El Alcazar de Chapultepec and Una Causa Noble Gutiérrez composed and performed the soundtrack for the documentary film Lost and Found in Mexico. In 2013 Gutiérrez was featured in the National Geographic Traveler documentary The Granny Diaries. He was a special guest soloist with Arturo Sandoval in the Mexico City Palace of Fine Arts.
About Bob Stern:
Bob Stern has been playing violin for over 50 years, performing in multiple styles, from Baroque music to country, rock and jazz, both live and in studios. He has been a featured artist with classical harpsichordist Linda Burman Hall, rock guitarist Jerry Miller (Moby Grape), German jazz composer Christian Ludwig Mayer, Texas bluesman Charlie Prichard, percussionist Michael Spiro, singers Laura Branigan, Joe Thomas and Gary Burr, producers Arif Marden, Joshua Thompson, Harold Kleiner, among others.
About David Rodríguez:
New Jersey’s Dave Rodríguez is a Grammy and Emmy nominated producer and performer at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo Theater. He has worked with artists ranging from Max Roach to Tito Puente to the Rochester Philharmonic and is currently the Executive Director at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) In Newark, NJ.