While Gonzalez, now based in New York, is still an emerging artist, he says he is already itching to give back and share what he has learned.
“When you have worked with the masters like I have — that’s when you learn the traditions,” Gonzalez says. “I hope that I can inspire young musicians to take jazz to the next level.”
On his just-released follow-up disc, “Circles,” Gonzalez pays homage to the hard-driving, hyper-improvisational ’60s-era “bebop” jazz style of his mentors, one of whom, esteemed tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence, features on the new album and joins Gonzalez for four shows at Twins Jazz this weekend to celebrate the album’s release.
» Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW; Fri.-Sat, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., $15; 202-234-0072. (U St.-Cardozo)
Written by Express contributor Johnathan Rickman
Photo courtesy DL Media