Los Aztex - Zeke Galvan, Mark Epstein & Gabriel Guzman
A new breed of Latin band—Los Aztex—draws from Hispanic influences around the world. Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox formed the group in 1999. Members are Zeke Galvan on drums and percussion, Gabriel Guzman on acoustic and electric guitars, and Mark Epstsein on upright and electric bass.
Aztex is extremely familiar with the musical styles of Central and South Texas, however it takes from traditional rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Panama and combines it with Blues and Jazz. Sarah Fox has the expressive, versatile voice of a jazz singer which lends its skills beautifully to the “caliente” Latin themes. The music’s melodic twists are timed to accentuate Sarah’s excellent grace. Joel Guzman has been called brilliant, extraordinary, a genius. He began dazzling audiences and fellow musicians with his unique accordion artistry as a child prodigy, causing established and respected accordion players to christen him, at an early age, “El Pequeno Gigante”. The Little Giant. Today, he is not only a superbly accomplished instrumentalist, singer, and performer, he is also a successful as an innovator, arranger and producer.
As the Latino population increases throughout the U.S., American audiences are embracing Aztex' melded style of music. This genre-bending outfit has managed to stay out of the pop-culture limelight and like it that way....Aztex remains humble, easily approachable individuals with varied taste in music and talent to spare.