Venezuelan Bassist and composer Gonzalo Teppa presents his new project “Gonzalo Teppa Quintet”, performing his most recent original music that draws from the musical wells of contemporary jazz, Latin American music (Venezuelan, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban), ballads, swing, blues, free jazz and more. Each composition written by Gonzalo is inspired in his family and his native country-Venezuela-. After winning the Pathways to Jazz Grant in 2018, Gonzalo was able to record his new album titled “Away From Home” this past June, featuring: Greg Harris on vibraphone/piano/percussion, Alex Heffron on guitar, Andrew Wheelock on drums and Ike Spivak on sax/flute/clarinet.
Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master in Jazz Studies degrees at CU, Boulder. Teppa has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Some of Gonzalo Teppa’s awards are: “Pathways to Jazz Grant-2018”, “2004, 2005, 2006 Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine, two Latin Grammy nominations, and more. Teppa has released five albums: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”. Currently, Gonzalo Teppa is a Faculty member of the UW, Laramie.
-Gonzalo Teppa on double bass/composer/bandleader
-Greg Harris on vibraphone/piano/percussion
-Alex Heffron on guitar
-Andrew Wheelock on drums
-Ike Spivak on sax/flute/clarinet