4

Sammy Gonzalez from Jacobs Ladder Brings Classical Guitar to Miami

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Hailing from one of the most hardworking outfits in South Florida, one would assume that young Sammy Gonzalez has all he needs. But while we're sure that rocking for ten years with Jacobs Ladder has its charm, Gonzalez has also developed an intense relationship with the classical guitar over the years.

During his time at Miami Beach Senior High as part of teacher Doug Burris's Senior Classical Guitar Quintet, Gonzalez fell in love with the stringed beauty. He would later enjoy remarkable opportunities with the Quintet, traveling to Japan, New York and New Orleans.

Playing for modern masters like the Assad Brothers and the Los Angeles Guitar Quintet left him wanting more. But as Gonzalez soon found out, "I tried getting into other things when I went to college. But it just didn't pan out."

Sammy Gonzalez performing "Miguel Llobet's El Testament d'Amelia," recorded at New York's Julliard.

Currently, he is working on perfecting his style with reverence to the greats like Andres Segovia and Miguel Llobet while also looking to modern players like Julian Bream and Ana Vidovic. "Life has become music," he says. "I feel that the guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments."

Gonzalez's next move is trying to establish residencies throughout South Florida as well as incorporating more Flamenco into his repertoire. "The classical guitar and Flamenco have Spanish origins, and I find it boggling that more people don't know about it here in Miami. I hope to open doors and make the solo guitar a common element in this city."

Sammy Gonzalez. Thursday, October 27. Blue Piano, 4600 NE Second Ave., Miami. The performance begins at 9:30 p.m. Call 305-576-7919 or visit thebluepiano.com.

Follow Crossfade on Facebook and Twitter @Crossfade_SFL.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.