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april, 2022

10aprsunFor Dennis6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

Event Details

A musician, composer, visual artist, educator, poet, writer, and broadcaster. Considered a mentor by many, a true and consistent Dallas legend. Dennis González passed away on March 15, 2022.

A first-time trio of Dennis with bassist Damon Smith and drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses was scheduled to perform on April 10th in our backyard. Drew Phelps was invited to open the night with a solo bass set. What was supposed to be Dennis’ next gig has now turned into a musical celebration of his life and legacy with his bandmates, family, and friends playing in his honor.

Damon is coming from St. Louis, Ra Kalaam from Memphis, both of them will join Dennis’ sons, Aaron and Stefan. This group will be turned into a quintet by Jawwaad Taylor, a Houston cornetist currently based in Jackson, Mississippi.

Drew was the bass player in Dennis’ last ensemble, Ataraxia Trio+2. He and the remaining members of the group (Jagath Lakpriya, Jess Garland, Derek Rogers) will play together, along with Dallas trumpet player Chris Curiel.

Ken Shimamoto, a musician and writer based in Fort Worth, and a long-time friend of Dennis, will initiate this gathering by sharing commemorative words.

Born in Abilene, Texas on August 15, 1954. Dennis Gonzalez lived and worked in Dallas since 1976. At that time, Dennis began his 41-year vocation as a teacher for the Dallas Independent School District. For the next 33 years, he taught Mariachi Studies at North Dallas High School while taking time to found the ‘Dallas association for avant-garde and neo-impressionistic music’, a collective of Dallas improvising musicians, with the encouragement of Art Lande and Anthony Braxton. He produced a radio program, “Miles Out,” for KERA 90. FM for 21 years, and at the same time began to concentrate on his much-lauded international jazz and improv career, as well as his visual arts calling, both of which have traveled far in the past 44 years. The offshoot of his daagnim collective, daagnimRecords, continues to release jazz-based recordings, and he has been a part of 75 recordings with luminaries such as Frank Lowe, Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, Malachi Favors, Alvin Fielder, Oliver Lake, and others too numerous to mention.

TICKETS: $10 advance / $15 door

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