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Trumpeter Dennis González is a musician/composer, visual artist, broadcaster, writer, educator, linguist, and world traveler who has lived in Dallas for the past 33 years. He has recorded 30 CD's as a leader in diverse styles for Ayler Records, Stockholm's Silkheart Records, Berlin's Konnex Records, Poland's Gowi Records and Not Two Records, Brut Records in Ljubljana, and Clean Feed in Lisbon, as well as U.S. record companies Music and Arts (Berkeley), Koch Jazz (New York), Furthermore Recordings, and 8th Harmonic Breakdown (Chicago). He has also produced CD's on his own label in Dallas, daagnimRecords, since 1979. His international career began when he played and recorded at his home studio in Dallas with musicians in town to play at Ft. Worth’s Caravan of Dreams: John Purcell, Prince Lasha, John Blake, Ronnie Burrage, Charlie Burnham, Warren Benbow, Pheeroan ak Laff and Kelvyn Bell.

In New Orleans, he began a 20-year association that continues today with Alvin Fielder, Tim Green, Kidd Jordan, Marlon Jordan, Elton Heron, and Clyde Kerr, Jr.. In California, he connected musically with Sunship Theus, Henry Franklin, John Carter, Michael Sessions, Nels Cline, and Alex Cline. His European connections grew as he began traveling with his music and visual art, playing with Louis Moholo, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvaer, John Stevens, Dudu Pukwana, Paul Rogers, Mark Sanders, Mark Hewins, Jim Dvorak, Lado Jaksa and Ernest Mothle.

He has performed in festivals, concerts, workshops, and television and radio programs throughout Asia, Europe, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and in most major American cities for the past 24 years, playing and recording with luminaries such as Charles Brackeen, Frank Lowe, Andrew Cyrille, Malachi Favors, Roy Hargrove, Fred Hopkins, Oliver Lake, Max Roach, Cecil Taylor, Henry Grimes, Ahmed Abdullah, Mark Helias, Ellery Eskelin, George Cartwright, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Jr., Olu Dara, Douglas Ewart, Hamid Drake, Mike Thompson, and many more

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Album Ts'iibil Chaaltun by Dennis Gonzalez

Ts'iibil Chaaltun

Self Produced

Album In Quiet Waters by Dennis Gonzalez

In Quiet Waters

Fortune Records

Album So Soft Yet by Dennis Gonzalez

So Soft Yet

Clean Feed Records

Album Cape of Storms by Dennis Gonzalez

Cape of Storms

Ayler Records


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