Description

Born in Bilbao (Biscay) but half french, half spanish, he first listened to gospel from his mother, who played a Mahalia Jackson’s records she brought from California back in the fifties. He familiarised with this music, and got into R&B, and Blues. Started with Elmore James, and then with late bluesmen. He didn’t pick up the guitar until the age of 17, exploring the different sounds of Blues and Jazz. He got his first guitar from a friend of his brother, an amateur guitar player who got sick of always playing the same thing. He gave him a black hard case…he thanked him, but he didn’t know there was a guitar inside !

He studied theatre and music for several months at the Summer School of Arts and Languages at Winchester (U.K), where he enhanced his knowledge in acting and music. Back in Madrid he started playing in a Funk combo, R-Sinco Ensemble, for two years, where he wrote songs, arranged, played and sang.

The title of his first record shows the goal. Learnin’, (Sweet Music Ltd. 2001) and keep learning how it has te be done. A search for sound, and a reflect of live shows comes out of the album. Some guitar lessons with Stevie Zee, and time came to follow his own path. He assembled experienced musicians to do that project. By the time his first recording got released, he was already playing major festivals in Spain, sharing stage with Phil Guy, Franck Ash, Red House, Steve Big Man Clayton, Hideaway, Big Gilson, Richard Ray Farrell, and playing with Ñaco Goñi, Stevie Zee, Antonio Serrano, Ian Siegal, Greg Slapczinsky, Miguel M & the Brachay’s Blues Band.

In September 2002 he moves to Belgium, where he experiences with african musicians, and plays festivals, moving up and down from Spain to Belgium, sitting in with W.C Handy Award Nominee, Ann Rabson, and with Baton Rouge bluesman, Kenny Neal. The Spanish Embassy calls him three times to tour the Former Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). Back in Spain, he plays in La Boîte in Barcelona, with «Blues, groove and beyond is what Gaby Jogeix has spread in his tours. His powerful and percussive guitar style, fine and smooth at the same time, contours his show, creating ambience and states of mind with a well structured repertoire, and a great showmanship. Pay special attention to his lap steel guitar work, he may burn the house down… » Caspar St Charles, Lluis Coloma, and Steve de Swardt. He’s preparing a new album, that will be recorded very soon. From Rythm & Blues, and funky numbers, to straight ahead 12 bar blues, Gaby Jogeix shows off his talents, embracing his musicians and his own songs, as well as giving new shapes to the Blues thing. To be heard, and to be enjoyed, Gaby Jogeix.