Thursday, August 25, 2016

Live Entertainment Thursday Nights at Mankas Steakhouse - Tom Duarte TONIGHT

Mankas Steakhouse Live Entertainment on Thursdays
6:00 - 8:00 pm

August 25th - Tom Duarte

2522 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield, CA 94535  

Enjoy a wonderful meal from the team at Mankas Steakhouse and enjoy the live music in a beautiful restaurant and venue. Make your reservations early, as seating can be limited. Reservations can be made HERE

Duarte’s musical style is firmly based in traditional Latin music, while referencing elements of funk and jazz fusion.

Duarte is a multi-style guitarist who leans heavily in the Latin direction but has performed in almost every genre imaginable. Also playing electric guitar, he toured extensively with Jerry Garcia keyboardist Merl Saunders, sharing the stage with the likes of Ray Charles, B.B King, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, and Los Lobos. He has played abroad in England, Canada and Brazil, as well as having toured the US several times. He has recorded four CDs of Latin and contemporary music under his own name, in addition to his long history as a studio musician that includes a feature song on Santana and Journey co-founder and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie’s CD “Roots”. His work can also be heard on several diversified and eclectic recording projects by local Bay Area independent artists. Tom performs regularly both as a solo guitarist and with his Latin trio as well as with several Bay Area based bands. His playing remains beautiful and communicative throughout, reflecting a true sense of the gypsy spirit. In his solo acoustic playing, as well as in his searing electric solos, he plays with a passion that equally captivates the listener.

The youngest of seven children, Duarte was exposed to a broad range of musical styles, including rock, folk, and big band jazz. In grade school, his Spanish teacher would often stay after class to sing Flamenco music, accompanying herself on the guitar. This was a major influence in Duarte’s development.

Duarte began playing guitar at age 12, becoming lead guitarist in a rock band within four months. His innovation and curiosity led him to classical music and jazz during high school, and he continued playing acoustic styles as therapy from the rock bands. After leaving school, Duarte began to work professionally, playing R&B, funk, and other styles, touring and playing session dates. As he gravitated towards Latin music in the ‘80s, it soon became his main focus. He lived in England for a while, gigging there and throughout Europe.

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