PNTMA TEJANO PRIDE OF THE NORTHWEST LIFETIME ACHIVEMENT AWARD 2015

Jose Guadalupe Guzman

 

Jose Guadalupe (Lupe) Guzman was born in Edinburg, Texas.  He migrated to Washington in the late forties and lived in Outlook but moved

to Sunnyside. He is considered one of the first pioneers to introduce Tejano Conjunto music to the State of Washington.  He plays the Accordion, Bajo sexton and guitar.  He and a handful of other musicians began playing conjunto music in the Yakima Valley area.

He eventually formed his family band when his kids were old enough to hold an instrument and endure the amount of time they had to perform. Lupe on the Bajo Sexto, Joel Guzman on the accordion, Joe Guzman on the drums/bass and Pete Garza on the bass….performed countless performances not only in the Yakima Valley but as far as Moses Lake, Othello, Tri Cities, Oregon and Idaho.

Later He was one of the first to have women in the conjunto. Susie Flores singer, Teresa Guzman singer and keyboards, Margarita Guzman , singer and saxophone. Later Manuel Guzman began to sing at six years old…and finally Juan Jose Barco played keyboards for awhile. Other accordionist also performed with the band. Beto Rangel, Beto Serrata, Freddy De Leon, Vicente Moran and Andy Gonzalez. When Texas conjunto musicians like Conjunto Bernal, Los Pavos Reales, Ruben Vela (Lupe’s cousin), Los Fabulosos 4, Oscar Hernandez, Eligio Escobar, Tony De La Rosa….They made sure they visited the Guzman Household to eat and to jam. He is well known in El valle de Tejas.

 

   Some of his accomplishment;

 

  • Established his own recording label, Guzman Records

  • Constructed a Recording Studio with the latest recording gear

  • Recorded many conjuntos on the Guzman Label

  • The Band recorded with Fama Records in San Jose, CA

  • The Band recorded with Escorpion Records in El Valle de Tejas

  • The band put out several LPs on their own label

  • He has been given recognition by Music Associations in Washington State

  • He represented Santiago Almeida at the National Endowment Awards in Washington DC where he performed and received the $10,000 award on behalf of Mr. Almeida.

  • Moved to Seattle area and the band played in Dance Halls, Taverns, Restaurants and private celebrations.

  • Joined the Juan Manuel Barco Conjunto and played hundreds of schools and many colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho.

  • Played many major festivals in the Northwest including Folklife, Bumbershoot, Seafair, Ballard Seafood Festival, Butte, Montana Endowment for the Arts festival, Lyle Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho and Los Angeles, California Festival

  • Played several theater concerts in Seattle, Everett, Portland, University of Washington

  • Played for the opening of Benaroya Hall the home of the Seattle Symphony

  • First conjunto to play at the Experimental Music Project at the Seattle Center

  • Both his Son’s went on to become Legends in the Tejano Music Industry. Joel Guzman a Grammy winner and Joe Guzman playing with the likes of Flaco Jimenez and other conjuntos.

 

Juan Manuel Barco