Ari Munkres - Stand Up Bass
Internationally acclaimed bassist Ari Munkres has been performing professionally for
well over two decades. He has performed everything from classical to rock and has
been excelling in the jazz world for the last ten years. One of the best gypsy jazz
players in the country, he feels very fortunate to be playing with Gaucho, a group
of musicians who share his abiding passion for the gypsy tradition.
Dave Ricketts - Guitar
A talented Gypsy Jazz guitarist as well as an accomplished classical player,
Dave studied with William Feasley and holds a B.A. in Music from the U.
of New Mexico. The CD “Django in Brussels” awoke in him a love for Gypsy
Jazz, resulting in his playing for the Hot Club of San Francisco since
1999. He has performed with Kevin Nolan, Elizabeth Prior-Runnicles and
Evan Price, and has toured to places as varied as Iceland, Amsterdam,
Mexico and Samois-sur-Seine (Django’s final home.) These experiences
combined with his classical background have enriched Dave‘s approach
to Django's music.
Rob Reich - Accordion
Rob Reich has been playing music on various instruments since age three.
After receiving his degree in composition from Oberlin Conservatory, he began
focus on what is now his primary instrument, the accordion. Besides being
a longtime member of Gaucho, Rob performs regularly with
The Nice Guy Trio
. He contributes a passionate and playful
musicality to all the
music he approaches. More info at robreich.com
Craig Ventresco - Guitar
he heard Django and then
realized what is old is new
Craig brings his perspective to the Gaucho mix with gratitude to be able to play the music with such fine practitioners.
Steve Apple - Percussion
Ralph Carney - Horns
Probably best known as Tom Waits' main horn player since 1985, multi-instrumentalist
Ralph Carney has an impressive résumé that is deep as it is wide. During his two-decade career,
Carney has worked with David Thomas, Bill Laswell, Victoria Williams, Marc Ribot, Grant Lee
Buffalo, Allen Ginsberg and Kathy Acker, and has played saxophone, clarinet, harmonica and trumpet.
However, the banjo was his first love, and he immersed himself in it, along with bluegrass and country
blues, as he grew up in Akron, OH. As time went on he embraced jazz and rock, and punk in particular;
his involvement with the burgeoning Ohio punk scene included a stint with the group Tin Huey.
This early eclecticism shaped Carney into a versatile sideman as well as a wide-ranging solo artist,
as his 1997 debut Ralph Sounds and 1999 follow-up I Like You (A Lot) proved. Both albums ranged from
Krautrock to Dixieland jazz, and featured him playing everything from sax to musical saw to pan pipes.