By Andy Gamón
The trumpet player Luis Gasca, after having recently arrived in San Miguel de Allende from Hawaii, where he performed at a CD release party for guitarists Henry Allen and George Benson, will make one of his rare appearances at Rod Molot’s Thai Orquídea Restaurante and Bar.
Orquídea Restaurante and Bar
Appearing also will be Gabriel Hernández, a pianist who has toured for the last three years with Gasca throughout Mexico and Texas, where they also recorded a CD available on iTunes.com. The CD also features Gene Perla on bass (Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones), Richie Cole on alto sax, (Manhattan Transfer, Doc Severinsen, Buddy Rich), Bobby Kaplan on drums (Dexter Gordon, Gato Barbieri) and Andy Gamon, who provides vocals.
Gasca lives in Playa del Carmen during the winter season but has been a resident in the magical city of San Miguel de Allende for the last five years during the summer. He first visited and fell in love with SMA in 1993. For Gasca part of the magic of SMA is that we now have one of the world’s iconic trumpet players, Doc Severinsen, living and performing here. Gasca first heard Severinsen when he was 17, on the Tito Puente “Night Beat” album. At the time Severinsen was a “top gun” recording studio trumpet player in New York City. At 18, his uncle, a waiter at the Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, got Luis in to see the famous trumpet player and his small group perform live. This was before Severinsen’s legendary fame on NBC’s Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Luis has been a Severinsen fan for more than 50 years and counts Doc as one of his trumpet mentors.
Wednesday afternoons at Orquídea will certainly be a nice way to spend time enjoying live jazz and eating Thai food.