Clockwise from top left: Danny Brito, Manny Brito, J.C. Burgos, Amilcar Guevara.

Tuesday, March 26, 11:30am-12:30pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Leaving the audience asking for more at their Arizona Senior Academy debut last year, the Guanachicano Project returns to treat us to a unique blend of Jazz, Latin Jazz, South and Central American Pop, and Mexican folk styles. The Project is the brainchild of drummer Danny Brito who joins forces with guitarist Manny Brito, pianist Amilcar Guevara and singer J.C. Burgos. The addition of Burgos’s spot on tenor voice to the foundation of the instrumental trio gives the quartet its special appeal.

Guanachicano is a play on the words Guanaco and Chicano. Guanaco is what Salvodorans and Guatemalans playfully call each other, while Chicano is the chosen identity of Mexican Americans in the United States. With two members from Guatemala/El Salvador, and two brothers from the border town of Nogales, combining the two words into one describes this ensemble perfectly.

  • Danny Brito is a drummer, percussionist, composer and visual artist who performs locally with Tucson musicians as well as international award-winning artists such as Ry Cooder and Rene Camacho.
  • Manny Brito, a busy professional in the Southwest region for many years, combines jazz improvisation with his love for music from the barrio, as in Cumbias, Corridos and Boleros, to bring a heartfelt performance on both guitar and bass.
  • A native of El Salvador, Amilcar Guevara is in demand on the Tucson music scene. His keyboard playing brings a colorful style with jazz influenced harmonies to the group.
  • Born in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, J.C. Burgos moved to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen. His sweet and clear tenor voice has been shaped by his cross-cultural experiences, allowing him to sing in multiple musical styles.

The Guanachicano Project’s single, “Volver a los Diecisiete,” is available as a download at their website:

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village volunteer.

Mar. 26: “Latin Jazz – the Guanachicano Project”