Category Archives: Musician Spotlight

  • Cara Sandahl, El Gaucho Solo Pianist

    In-demand solo piano artist, Cara Sandahl is a 4th generation Seattle native. She began playing at the age of 4. Along the way, Cara memorized thousands of classics and popular song titles and was given the Arion Award– the oldest and most prestigous national award for outstanding musical achievement by promising new performers, as well […]

  • Tom Kellock at El Gaucho Bellevue

    Tom Kellock has performed, composed, and recorded with Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, and Richard Elliot, and toured with Melissa Manchester, Gato Barbieri, the Paul Allen Band, and Heart. His elegant piano playing can also be heard on Tingstad and Rumbel’s Grammy-winning CD Acoustic Garden, and on his solo CD Romantic Ballads. Tom was the house […]

  • Eric Verlinde at El Gaucho Seattle and El Gaucho Bellevue

    Pianist Eric Verlinde has excited audiences worldwide with his energetic and passionate performances. He is in high demand and is constantly performing, refining the sound and creating new music. His different groups create music that is creative, spontaneous, superbly structured and melodic. Currently, he works with Josephine Howell at El Gaucho, The EntreMundos Quarteto (a […]

  • Frank S Holman III

    Frank was exposed to music at a very early age by his father who played trumpet in “Big Bands”. Influences included Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, and classical jazz masters such as Ahmad Jamal and Ramsey Lewis. Frank did the “classical piano lessons and recitals” thing in his teens, but soon found […]

  • Alexey Nikolaev – Saxophonist for El Gaucho Seattle

    Since 2000, Alexey Nikolaev lives and works in Seattle. He performs with groups, Axiom Quartet, Greg Williamson Quartet (Ponyboy Records), Jay Thomas Big Band, Emerald City Big Band, and is a member and saxophonist soloist of Doctor Funk Band (Strokeland Records) www.doctorfunk.com. As a recording artist, Alexey performs and records with musicians like pianists John Hansen, […]

  • Masud Tahmassbi: Guitarist at El Gaucho Portland

    If music be the food of love, play on. ~William Shakespeare Ambiance is a key part of the El Gaucho experience, and music plays an important role in setting the stage at our restaurants, which is why we are proud to offer live music, 7 nights a week. We introduce you to the talented and […]

  • Josephine Howell: Vocalist at El Gaucho Seattle

    If music be the food of love, play on. ~William Shakespeare Ambiance is a key part of the El Gaucho experience, and music plays an important role in setting the stage at our restaurants, which is why we are proud to offer live music, 7 nights a week. We introduce you to the talented and […]

  • Toshi Onizuka: Guitarist at El Gaucho Portland

    A Japanese man playing Spanish-style music in Portland, Oregon – Toshi Onizuka exemplifies Henry Longfellow’s observation that “music is the universal language of mankind.” Born in Tokyo, Japan, at twenty years of age he heard “Spanish Eyes” by Al DiMeola and knew he wanted to become a musician. He picked up the guitar, taught himself […]

  • Mariano de Orbegoso: Guitarist at El Gaucho Portland

    Ambiance is a key part of the El Gaucho experience, and music plays an important role in setting the stage at our restaurants, which is why we are proud to offer live music, 7 nights a week. We introduce you to the talented and passionate musicians who share their gift with us. “The meaning of […]

  • Bobak Salehi: Guitarist at El Gaucho Portland

    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 […]