Benefits for Local Musician Teofilo Bijarro

Local musician Teofilo Bijarro suffered injuries recently when he lost consciousness and had a seizure. His jaw is now wired shut for 6 weeks and he is still undergoing other medical treatment.
If you’d like to help him out in this time, here are a few different ways. There’s a benefit tonight, Monday May 20th, at CAFE 4212 which is a standing Monday night jazz jam that Teo has played with for the past 5 years. Suggested donation of $10 or more will go toward Teo. The Musical Benefit-Fundraiser for Bassist “Teo” Bijarro.
There’s also a benefit for Teo next Monday, May 27th, at Emmit’s Place, a Memorial Day Barbecue Jam.
And an upcoming event at Khon’s tba.

If you can’t make any of those but would like to help out, here’s a link to an online fundraiser.

More about Teo..

T.R. Reed does such amazing write ups about local musicians and the scene or history. His event pages are always a worthy read. From today’s event page for The Musical Benefit-Fundraiser for Bassist “Teo” Bijarro. here’s a copy paste from his description there.

” ************Bassist Teofilo “Teo” Bijarro**************
Teo started playing the electric bass at the age of of eleven, he began performing publicly by the age of fourteen in several groups in various genres of American music. It was also the time that he took up the the upright bass and playing Jazz. Throughout the 90’s, he made a living as a freelance musician and guitar technician, playing with several of Houston’s Swing Bands as well as small Jazz combos, that included the Ronnie Renfro Big Band and The Conrad Johnson Orchestra. In the early 2000’s he began playing with the activist instrumentalist Fusion group, “The Free Radicals” where he earned several awards for best Jazz group in the City! In 2005, Teo lost a significant portion of his vision due to complications from diabetes and is now legally blind, but that has not stopped his passion for music.

As a student at University of North Texas he spent summers in New York and toured the country performing. He has performed at the “Percussive Arts Society” with vibraphonist and drummer, the late Joe Jackson. He has also been a part of the master class with legendary bassist Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock.

Teo has also appeared and performed with many giants of the Jazz industry including flutist Hubert Laws, pianist Joe Sample, saxophonist Ronnie Laws, DownBeat magazine’s musician of the year “G.T'” Hogan, Malcolm Pinson and drummer Rick Porter. Join us this Monday for this important musical fundraiser and pay tribute to one of our soldier’s of Jazz, bassist Teo Bijarro!

We are inviting all Jazz musicians, singers, tap dancers and the public out this Monday to help make this a true celebration of music for one of Houston’s eminent Jazz musicians!!!”

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