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Music Schdules
AQUA by El Gaucho
Ben Fleck
Tue–Sun: 6pm
Jerry Frank
Mon: 6pm
 
El Gaucho Bellevue
June Tonkin
Tue–Sat: 6pm
Luke Doubravsky
Sun–Mon: 6pm
 
El Gaucho Portland
Mariano & Toshi
Mon–Tue &
Thur–Fri: 7pm
Masud & Bobak
Wed: 7pm
Mariano & Masud
Sat:  7pm / Sun:  6pm
 
El Gaucho Seattle
Daniel Davison
Tue–Thur & Fri–Sat: 6pm
Paul Richardson
Sunday: 6pm
(Joined by Josephine Howell at 7pm)
Paul Richardson

Mon: 6pm
 
El Gaucho Tacoma
Sandy Harvey
Wed–Sat: 6pm
Juan Perez
Sun–Tue: 5:30pm
 
 
 
Meet the Musicians  
AQUA by El Gaucho      
       
Ben Fleck | Tuesday–Sunday 6pm
Photographed here with three generations! Performs Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Diners may hear bits of Broadway show tunes, jazz riffs and popular melodies from Nirvana and Led Zeppelin, to Cole Porter, Johnny Cash and even a dreamy rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. A pianist since he was eight, and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a degree in piano and composition, Ben has performed around the world and in the presence of such luminaries as Dale Chihuly, Ray Charles, Gerard Schwartz, Billy Joel, Bill Gates, President George Bush, Al Gore, Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners, and has appeared on stage with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Kenny G. [More/Less]

To contact Ben or visit his website, try www.benfleck.com where his CDs "Mixed Company", all yummy standard/contemporary solo piano pieces, and "Remember Love" with wonderfully talented local Seattle musicians playing pop and jazz standards, 6 originals, plus some solo piano selections, are available. His CDs are also available for purchase at the Waterfront piano.

Ben gives piano instruction here in Seattle during the days for those of you who have a urge to learn keyboard (or maybe pick up where you left off when you were young. Or just grab a lesson while you are visiting Seattle for a "piano brush-up") Ben spends his daytime hours composing songs at his home (Canal Street Songworks in Fremont, the "artsy" part of Seattle), teaching piano, studying wine, tutoring, "learning" French, and loving life. In June, 2007 his new musical "EVE and EDDIE" was produced and presented in it's world premiere at the Seattle Public Theater to very warm acclaim.

  Ben Fleck  
       
Jerry Frank | Monday 6pm
Jerry Frank is one of Seattle’s finest pianists. His unique sound encompasses all elements of music from past to present, classical to modern, and everything in between. Jerry puts his own special spin on everything he plays, improvising his way through a pleasing mix of songs from his large repertoire. Trained as a concert pianist and fluent in jazz, rock, and pop, his skilled musicality creates the perfect atmosphere for your Monday nights at Aqua. [More/Less]

By day, Jerry is an award-winning composer and producer who has won two national Emmy awards for his work for NBC Sports, the Olympic Games, and Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week. He has scored many documentary films for the A&E Network, NPR, PBS, and the Discovery Channel, including the TV series “Rick Steves’ Europe”. Other clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Nike, Coca-Cola, The Seattle Mariners, and many more. His band, The Jerry Frank Trio, first formed in his college days at the UW, has performed for many years at Seattle’s top nightspots, including 14 years nightly as the house band of the Columbia Tower Club. Visit www.jerryfrank.com

  Jerry Frank  
       

 
El Gaucho Bellevue      
       
June Tonkin | Tuesday–Saturday 6pm
June was born in Seattle and grew up in Lynnwood. As a child, she took classical piano lessons for ten years, until age seventeen when she realized she could play pop tunes all "by ear". Her first professional gig was at the original El Gaucho on 7th & Olive. Over the years, Tonkin has played at many of Seattle's top venues and began composing tunes in 1976. [More/Less]

June has penned over 75 songs, plus a musical, book and score named "Ladybug" which was performed at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott for five years. June says that her “…big break came when when she got the call to join the El Gaucho Bellevue team in November, 2008…it is a dream come true!”

  June Tonkin  
       
Luke Doubravsky | Sunday–Monday 6pm
As a classically trained musician, Luke brings experience from playing with small orchestras, bands, instrumental and vocal soloists. His repertory spans literature from Frédéric Chopin to Celine Dion. After immigration from former Czechoslovakia in 1985, with Piano Performance Diploma from [More/Less]

The People’s Conservatory in Brno, he found work as a pianist in the Las Vegas Ritz Carlton. After relocating to Seattle, he played at the Westin and the Waterfront Marriott. Luke has performed at events for Dale Chihuly, Andre Agassi, Romero Britto, Jacob Green and others.

  Luke Doubravsky  
       

 
El Gaucho Portland      
       
Mariano de Orbegoso | Six nights a week 7pm
Mariano was born in Lima, Peru. He grew up in a very musical family. His mom, Carmela Russell, is a very well known composer in Latin America. Her songs have been recorded by some of the most popular signers, such as Celia Cruz y la Sonoroa Mantancera; Pepe Jara, in Mexico; Betty Misiego in Spain; Roberta, from Peru and so on. He graduated as an attorney in Lima. Mariano’s formal education and music have always been intertwined. [More/Less]

He has performed for a wide variety of audiences, from government dinners to Portland Rose Festival, where he has served as the Spanish Host for the past five years. His guitar and singing talents can be experienced at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Portland and the surrounding areas.

  Mariano de Orbegoso  
       
Toshi Onizuka | Monday–Tuesday & Thursday–Friday 7pm
(Guitar) Toshi was born in Tokyo, Japan. At twenty years old, he began playing guitar. Inspired by the music of Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia, and Django Reinhardt, Toshi sought to develop his own sound. Toshi realized that in order to achieve this, he would need to teach himself. He quickly became consumed with the guitar and devoted himself completely to developing his technique. In 1993 he moved to Seville, Spain where he lived for five years. [More/Less]

Based in Seville, Toshi immersed himself in the Spanish music scene, playing with as many musicians as he could, traveling to different parts of the country as well as Morocco. Toshi has collaborated with a variety of local artists including Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon's 2006-2008 Poet Laureate, Portland Taiko, Bobby Torres, and Aaron Meyer. In January 2008 he was featured on OPB’s Oregon ArtBeat and has been featured on KMHD’s Home Grown Jazz and Home Grown Live and has taken the stage at numerous northwest events such as the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Art in the Pearl, the Dragon Moon Festival, and the Sandy Summer Concert Series.

Toshi has become known for his keen improvisational skills and his distinctive sound that uniquely combines flat picking with dynamic percussive sounds made on the surface of his guitar. Toshi currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he performs nightly with local talent such as Israel Annoh, Damian Erskine, Mariano Deorbegoso, Jon Hughes, Phil Baker, Reinhardt Melz among others, at various local venues.

  Toshi Onizuka  
       
Bobak Salehi | Wednesday 7pm
(Violin, Flamenco Guitar, Voice) Bobak was born in Tehran, Iran. His musical journey began when he was eight years old, under the direction of his father Maestero Hossein Salehi, and later he studied violin with Maestro Davood Ganjei. After completing his classical violin studies with Eileen Dies and Anita Jones, he expanded his studies into world music, in particular the folk music of Latin America and Southern Spain. [More/Less]

In 1999 the Oregon Historical Society recognized him as master artist. He has studies Kamancheh (Spiked Fiddle) with crossover recording artist Kayhan Kalhor of Yoyo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Bobak has performed regularly in the Portland Iranian Festival, the World Beat Festival, Northwest Folklife Music Festival, and Olympia Sacred Music Festival.

In 2006, he was featured on the soundtrack of the award-winning film Cathedral Park. Most recently, he collaborated with San Francisco-based Translation Project in the creation of an original soundtracks for the world premieres of "ICARUS/RISE" (2008), followed by another original soundtrack for the newly released DVD "Persian Rite of Spring" (2010).

  Bobak Salehi  
       
Masud Tahmassbi | Wednesday &  Saturday 7 pm / Sunday 6pm
(Latin Guitar, Voice) Born in Lima, Peru, Masud is a virtuoso on guitar and a gifted song writer. Having grown up in a musical family, performing came naturally to him, at a young age. In his late teens, he began expressing his thoughts and emotions through his original compositions, while maintaining a strong hold on his improvisational skill. [More/Less]

Later on, he ventured into the realm of world music, and reconnected with his Persian heritage through learning the popular music on Iran. Massude plans continue to expand his knowledge and repertoire, in addition to composing new original music for various recording projects.

  Masud Tahmassbi  
       

 
El Gaucho Seattle      
       
Daniel Davison | Tuesday–Thursday & Friday–Saturday 6pm
Daniel Davison has been playing quality jazz, pop, and rock and roll with numerous bands and acts throughout four decades. However most notable to El Gaucho would be his being the original primary piano player hired by owner Paul Mackay and head chef Ken Sharp in 1996, still remaining at that position. [More/Less]

Daniel combines standards from the Great American Songbook with eclectic choices from the rock/pop pantheon as well as original music. Sensitive to the existing audience of the night, songs are never in the same order of the previous night. It’s about the mood. It’s not the Dan Davison show, it’s El Gaucho. The music fills holes in conversation and hangs in the air like fine cigar smoke from El Gaucho’s rich past. This is not” background or elevator” music, but great music performed with love and respect for ambience. Join him Tuesday through Saturday.

  Daniel Davison  
       
Paul Richardson | Sunday–Monday 6pm
A life long resident of the Pacific Northwest, Paul Richardson is best known for his skills as a great keyboardist with a left hand that has the envy of many bass players. This is just the icing on a career whose associations (either live or in the studio) reads like a diverse pop and jazz trivia encyclopedia: Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters, Ernestine Anderson, Charles Lloyd, Maya Angelou, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Stephanie Mills, Najee, Chuck Mangioni, Kal David, Big Jay McNeely, The SOS Band and Little Milton to name a few. [More/Less]

He's performed in the Paul Robeson Theaters production of "Gods Trombones", The Intiman Theaters production of the "Black Nativity" and the Seattle Group Theaters production of "Lady Day at Emersons Bar And Grill". He has, and continues to record and perform with many of the great artist in the Pacific Northwest, Michael Powers, Deems Tsutakawa, Korla Wygal, Jim Freeman, Josephine Howell and Darren Motamedy to name a few. Paul's solo work and ensembles continue to be a benchmark for local groups in the area. No matter whom he plays with, Paul Richardson brings elements of his trademark sensibilities to each and every project he contributes to. "I try to approach everything in a unique way-- from compositions to arrangements. Just as in my own music on my CD's, I try to bring a lot of diverse elements to the party, and give 1100 percent.

  Paul Richardson  
       
Josephine Howell | Sunday 7pm
El Gaucho Seattle is proud to welcome Josephine Howell to our Piano Lounge every Sunday and Monday evening. Hailing from Chicago, Josie celebrates a lifetime love of music and the arts with each performance. Josie brings passion and inspiration to each performance and boasts a career that includes experience in performance, production and direction of theater and the arts. She shares a passion for community with El Gaucho and has participated in many local community events. [More/Less]

Josie believes that it is important to use her gift for entertainment to help create a better community, city and county in which we all live. Josie has traveled and performed at venues around the world with esteemed artists, including Seattle's very own Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Join us on Sunday and Monday evening to hear her perform alongside our very own Paul Richardson.

  Paul Richardson  

 
El Gaucho Tacoma      
       
Sandy Harvey | Wednesday–Saturday 6pm
You might say that Sandy was born to play. With two older brothers who were accomplished musicians, music was the prevailing influence literally from day one. Growing up in Tacoma, WA, Sandy showed an early aptitude for the piano and by age 10, he was playing piano and organ for the church choir while taking private lessons. While still in elementary school, Sandy performed at piano recitals and talent shows. By high school, he was writing original material and performing at local venues with a number of bands. [More/Less]

After high school, Sandy joined the recording artist blues and soul singer Benny Latimore which led to tours with such artists as BB King, Bobby Bland, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Night, Ohio Players, Earth Wind And Fire and The Temptations to name a few. Session work has also added to his range of musical experiences with extensive time in New York, and Stevie Wonder's band Wonderlove in Los Angeles. Sandy also shared the stage with Tower Of Power's Greg Adams and Mic Gillete, The Rippingtons, and Stephanie Mills. He has written and performed commercials for businesses in Seattle. Today, Sandy performs and sings all around the Puget Sound, lending his talents at playing, arranging and composing. Sandy's influences are many and whether he’s leading a group or backing a vocalist, always that steady undercurrent of jazz, gospel and the blues shapes his sound.

  Sandy Harvey  
       
Juan Perez | Sunday-Tuesday 5:30pm
Born in Manila, Philippines, Juan’s love for the marimba has led him on a life-long musical career. Winning various radio and TV musical competitions in his youth led him to his first professional contract, which was entertaining US troops in Vietnam through USO. After being offered an audition to be a pianist, he learned the piano in two weeks and has been playing professionally ever since, including 10 years at the Hilton Hotel in Guam, 27 years at Nordstrom Tacoma and Tacoma Country and Golf Club, and 18 years at the Tacoma Yacht club. He joined El Gaucho Tacoma in February 2013. [More/Less]

Juan and his wife Susan have raised ten children, seven sons and three daughters – and have five grandchildren (and growing). Juan also volunteers his talents and was awarded 1000+ volunteer hours at Holy Rosary Church.”

  Juan Perez  
 
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