Category Archives: Musician Spotlight

  • June Tonkin: Pianist at El Gaucho Bellevue

    El Gaucho and “Junie,” as she’s affectionately called, crossed paths over 50 years ago, when she started playing at the original El Gaucho, on the corner of Olive and 7th, in 1958. It was her first professional position as a musician, and she quickly became known as “the girl with 1000 tunes in her head,” […]

  • Juan Perez: El Gaucho Tacoma Pianist

    Juan’s life is nothing short of amazing. An immigrant from the Philippines, his musical talent has taken him to many places around the world. Thankfully for us, most of it has been in the Pacific Northwest – and at El Gaucho Tacoma since February of this year, after a 27-year career with Nordstrom Tacoma. Born […]

  • Sandy Harvey: El Gaucho Tacoma Pianist

    Sandy’s life would make the perfect script for a movie. Born in Tacoma as the youngest of 6 children, music played a big role in his life from the start. Both of his parents enjoyed a variety of music and encouraged their children to play. His older brothers were in bands in high school, and […]

  • Daniel Davison: El Gaucho Seattle Pianist Daniel Davison

    “Start the magic,” were the three words El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay would say to cue pianist Daniel Davison to play when the restaurant doors were about to open for the night. Paul’s vision for El Gaucho’s “dinner as theater” concept clearly meant that ambiance was a key ingredient to the meal, and setting the […]

  • Benet Fleck: AQUA by El Gaucho Pianist

    Usually, our blogs are story form, mostly featuring the varied and interesting people who are a part of our company. This one, however, we decided to do a bit differently. As you’ll soon discover, any changes to this question and answer format would just not be the same. Therefore, we give you Ben Fleck. What […]

  • Paul Richardson: El Gaucho Seattle Pianist

    Paul Richardson has shared his musical gift with us every Sunday and Monday evening at El Gaucho Seattle since joining our team in August 2009. “When I was a toddler, I heard my first 78 record and was hooked on music,” he says. “Being able to express myself and change the mood in a room […]