Gonzalez performing on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour
|Born||August 5, 1971|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Associated acts||DIVA Jazz Orchestra |
Scheila Gonzalez (born August 5, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American, Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist and music educator. She is best known for playing the saxophone and other instruments in the all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra and with artists such as Dweezil Zappa, Alex Acuña, Ray Parker Jr. and many others. Currently she is a full-time member of the Zappa Plays Zappa world tour, where she sings and plays the alto saxophone as well as several other instruments.
Gonzalez took piano lessons from the age of four and changed to the saxophone at age twelve. She attended Fullerton College in the early 1990s and recorded on the Downbeat critically acclaimed CD Mainstream. She later transferred to California State University, Northridge to complete her undergraduate degree in music. She sings and plays several woodwind instruments and keyboards.
Gonzalez is the Director of Jazz Combos at Santa Susana Performing Arts High School in Simi Valley, California, gives private lessons, and does freelance work in addition to her album, tour, and concert appearances. She was the co-founder of the all female jazz group Dekajaz which existed from 1999 - 2013.
Gonzalez has been performing on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour with Dweezil Zappa since its 2006 inception. She has received praise in the media for her instrumental performance and skill during the tour. The show has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia. She has appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show backing Garth Brooks and at the BET Music Awards. Sheila Gonzalez has also done film work, appearing in the Christopher Guest film For Your Consideration.
Gonzalez won the Shelly Manne Memorial New Talent Award, a prestigious jazz music recognition awarded in the Los Angeles area. As a member of the Zappa Plays Zappa ensemble, Gonzalez won a 2009 Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy Award for the group's recording of "Peaches en Regalia".
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