El Búho is a group with a unique fusion of blues, jazz, rock and Latin music featuring keyboardist Patrick Fusco, bassist Doc Samba, and drummer Peewee Jackson, all from Memphis. Gary Gazaway leads the group while playing the trumpet and keyboard in original songs and modified jazz that can range from mellow to intense. His music has been described as an incredible blend with modern free-form improvisation while including traditional, ethnic, and current styles.
Randolph County native Gary “El Búho” Gazaway was influenced by the musical heritage of blues, soul, rockabilly, folk, country, and jazz of Northeast Arkansas at a young age. As an adult, Gazaway began performing in New York City, Miami, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Hawaii and Nashville, immersing himself in musical cultures from around the world. Gazaway’s nickname El Búho —The Owl — was given to him by his friends and colleagues while he lived and performed in South America.
Gazaway has performed or recorded with Latin and North American artists including Israel (Cachou) Lopez, the Machito Orchestra, Celia Cruz, Lisette, Flora Purim, OPA, Toninho Horta, Jaco Pastorius, Ornette Coleman, Nneena Freelon, Ira Sullivan, Herb Alpert, Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Winwood, The Memphis Horns, The Commitments, Delbert McClinton, George Jones, Derek Trucks, Victor Wooten and Phish. He has appeared on more than 25 major label albums including five multi-platinum.
In 2008, Gazaway conceptualized Arkansas’ official “Rock And Roll Highway 67,” a 100-mile stretch of old U.S. Highway 67 from the Missouri state line, south to Newport. In 2009, the Arkansas Legislature enacted legislation that made the designation real.