DENNIS GONZALEZ

Trumpeter Dennis González is a musician/composer, visual artist, broadcaster, writer, educator, linguist, and world traveler who has lived in Dallas for nearly four decades. González describes his music as a new, lyrical form of the jazz tradition, encompassing any and all styles of music from around the world, ranging from the spiritual to the profane, from reggae to bop to free jazz. His emphasis on the sound of his trumpet and the importance of melody in his music – which has been documented on 45 albums as a session leader on Silkheart, Ayler Records, Clean Feed, For Tune, TreeFall Records, and his own daagnimRecords imprint – has garnered praise from listeners and critics internationally. In New Orleans, he began a 26-year association that continues today with AACM founder Alvin Fielder, and his European connections include Louis Moholo-Moholo, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer, and John Stevens. He has performed in festivals, concerts, workshops, and television and radio programs throughout Asia, Europe, Central America, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and in most major American cities. González has also played and recorded with the luminaries, such as Charles Brackeen, Frank Lowe, Andrew Cyrille, Malachi Favors, Reggie Workman, Roy Hargrove, Fred Hopkins, Oliver Lake, Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, and Henry Grimes.  His family trio Yells At Eels, with sons Aaron and Stefan, has survived for 17 years.