Tejano Conjunto Festival 2001
En San Antonio
Estaban (Steve) Jordan - El Parche
Esteban Jordan also known as "El Parch," "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion," "the accordion wizard," and other monikers. But when he is called "the best accordionist ever by other accordionist, it is the highest of accolades. Born to a migrant farm worker family and partially blinded as an infant, Esteban couldn't join the rest of the family in the fields, so was left with the older migrants who could no longer work. At a very young age he was introduced to conjunto music, especially the accordion playing of Valerio Longoria. At the time , Longoria would follow the community of of migrant farm workers and play for them in the labor camps. These circumstances brought the two together and the young Esteban mastered the instrument quickly. He then took up other instruments, most notably the guitar, and now, by his own account, he can play 35 different instruments. While he has remained close to his traditional conjunto roots, he has never limited himself musically. More than any other accordionist, Jordan pushes the diatonic accordion to its limits, both musically and physically, playing traditional conjunto, rock, jazz, salsa, zydeco and more. Esteban announced that he has 19 songs ready to be released. Click here for more pictures.
An accomplished singer and accordion stylist, Nick Villarreal also owes a lot of his popularity to his insightful and often hilarious lyrics. A San Antonio native, Nick Villarreal has been playing the accordion since he was five and credits his knowledge and skill to his family influences, his father Nicolas, his grandfather Jimmy Zimmerle, his cousin Henry Zimmerle, and uncle Fred Zimmerle.
The Home Town Boys
With perhaps the tightest rhytm section and of of the most talented accordion players in Tejano music, The Home Town Boys are know for their danceble and infectious tunes as well as their energy-filled live performances. The orginator of a new polished type of traditional conjunto, the "Homies" are well known for their single lead vocal style. It is a style that Tejano radio and Tejano listeners cannot help but love. These Lubbock natives have been performing for almost thrity years and so have developed an impressive following throughout Texas and northern Mexico. Some of the accolades include the 1995 and 1997 Tejano Music Award for "Instrumental of The Year" and the 1995 Puro Vida Award for "Traditional Conjunto of the Year." The Home Town Boys were the first Latinos inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame along side Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, and other Texas legends. Ricky Martinez (lead vocal, bass), Jesse Martinez (drums), Leo Aguilera (accordion). Contact information - Musica Moderna Management (281) 534-2024.
Linda Escobar y Kenji "El Gato" y Conjunto J
Originally Los Gatos de Japan, Kenji Katsube has performed at the Tejano Conjunto Festival every year since 1994. With new members and a new name, "Linda Escobar y Kenji "El Gato" y Conjunto J," Kenji kept this talented group going. After several performances in Japan, Kenji has brought his conjunto to south Texas, performing at small venues from the coastal bend to the Rio Grande Valley. It was at one of these performances that Kenji had a chance meeting with Tejano artist and daughter of conjunto legend Eligio Escobar. Kenji "El Gato Katsube (vocals, accordion), Linda Escobar (vocals), Nonyoshi "Onorio" Imamura (second vocals, bajo sexto), Tamuni "Sense" Mori (drums, bass) Joshua Rios (drums), and Tomotaka "Jiro" Matsui (bass, 7-string guitar). Contact information - Ernest Ochoa (361) 643-0116. Vist Linda Escobar's website at: http://linda.escobar.com or click here to get there.
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