It isn't often someone is gifted with such an extraordinary
musical talent as Gabriel Manzo.
And when, through years of hard work and dedication,
that individual hones skill into true mastery, his music
speaks a unique, recognizable language to all who hear him.
Gabriel's guitar work is amazingly versatile and inspirational.
He is accomplished in many genres including Latin Rock,
Jazz, Rock, Blues and Funk.
He has a clever knack for infectious rhythms, yet his forte is
melodic lead guitar work, spanning everything from tight,
flashy 8-bar solos to lengthy McLaughlin-esque escapades
in tasty, powerful and fiery improvisation. His seemingly
endless compositional creativity is complimented by his
overall musical maturity, rich vocal range and his proficiency
on bass guitar and percussion instruments.
Besides earning the respect of his listeners and colleagues,
Gabriel has also received two certificates of honor from the
city of San Francisco in recognition of his contribution to the birth, life and history of Latin Rock music.
Lead guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, musical director of the seminal Latin Rock band MALO 1980 to present.
Appears extensively in landmark book "The Voices Of Latin Rock" by Jim McCarthy and Ron Sansoe 2004.
Founded and fronted
Gabe Christopher Band 1970-74. Opened for various artists including
Fleetwood Mac ,
Canned Heat ,
Elvin Bishop ,
Luis Gasca ,
Country Weather . Played numerous rallies headed by
United Farm Workers founder and champion
Cesar Chavez .
Toured as part of the legendary
Bo Diddley 's band 1974-79.
Toured as part of Pete Escovedo and
Pablo Tellez 's band 1979-80.
Many Faces with Sly & The Family Stone drummer Greg Errico 1999,
recorded CD with Don Smith of Traveling Wilburys fame at the helm.
Recorded with Bill Spooner of renowned rock band
The Tubes .
Recorded with Leonard Hayes of rock band
Y & T .
Recorded with studio luminary
Vernon Black .
Played and recorded with Jorge Santana Band 2000.
Founded faith-based Latin Rock band
BUENO 2000, recorded successful CD backed by several tours.
Co-founder, guitarist/songwriter for flamenco group Guitarras Y Congas , recorded acclaimed CD "Chiles."
Studied in depth as a student of noted jazz guitarist, author and instructor,
Warren Nunes .