(article) Performing at the Big Squeeze Tease on May 21

David Lee Garza is a legendary GRAMMY Award winning accordionist of traditional Texas music.  Also following a family tradition, Garza’s musician father Tony first formed the band with his sons David Lee and Adam in 1968 as David Lee Garza y Su Conjunto, later adding son Richard on bass.  Their debut recording, under the same name, was released in 1972.  Their first recording as David Lee Garza y Los Musicales came in 1978.  They soon became a Gold- and Platinum-album-selling machine.  Further solidifying the band’s legacy as a cornerstone of Tejano music, the band’s success spawned myriad Tejano solo artists as well, vocalists who launched their careers with Los Musicales:  Emilio Navaira, Jay Perez, Ram Herrera, Marcos Orozco, and Mark Ledesma.  After four decades and some 30+ albums, David Lee Garza of Poteet, TX is one of the most iconic names in Tejano music and culture. 

Johnny Ramirez, a 19-year-old musician of Tejano Conjunto has been playing accordion for over 13 years.  His father and main musical influence, Herminio Ramirez, built a stage right in the tiny kitchen of their home to jam with his son.  Johnny, whose dress style says barrio hip-hop, with his Stacy Adams shoes, baggy shirt and tandito fedora has loved the accordion since he was 4.  In 2008 Johnny was the grand champion of The Big Squeeze accordion contest and was featured in “The Big Squeeze” film by acclaimed documentarian Hector Galan.  Johnny is also featured in a Telemundos program on Latinos in America.

Isaiah Tellez is the youngest finalist in the five-year history of the Big Squeeze contest.  Now in the sixth grade, he began playing bajo sexto at the age of eight.  In only two years of playing accordion, Isaiah has picked up the flavor and groove of Conjunto music greats and has already developed his technical skills enough to impress discerning accordion judges.  Isaiah follows a family tradition from his father, Federico, and uncle, Juan, who together form a traditional Conjunto, “Los Tellez.” 


Big Squeeze 2011