Renell Gonsalves

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Drummer
Born on 13.07.1948
Son of longtime Ellington sax player Paul Gonsalves.

He was raised in Chicago and began playing drums in 1963. After spending time at Tennessee State University and playing in the marching band, he moved to New York and mostly listened to all of his idols including Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Candy Finch, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey and many others. He moved back to Detroit in 1970 and worked with many artists in the Jazz and R&B field.

From 1974 to 1979 he worked with Brainstorm and recorded 3 albums. From 1980 to 1987 he worked with Lyman Woodard. From 1987 to 1990, he worked with Alexander Zonjic's band. 1991 found him working with Bugs Beddow's band. He also spent time working in Windsor, Ont. working with many great canadian musicians playing R&B, Rock & Jazz including the Sheiks of R&B, The Buck Nasty Band and The Shades of Blue. He also played with Eddie Nuccilli's big band at the Montreux/Detroit Jazz festival in 1995. That same year, he began working with Etta James guitarist Bobby Murray. Since then, he has mostly freelanced with other Blues artists such as Johnnie Bassett, Keith Owens, Luther Keith and many others.

Today, he continues to freelance playing a wide variety of music and learning more and more about music playing with such great players as Keith Vreeland and John Dana. He has had many influences playing with the likes of the late Dr. Teddy Harris, Rod Hicks, Robert Lowe and countless others. His father was sax player Paul Gonsalves and his mother, Harriet Browne, was a dancer and dance teacher in New York City and worked with the late Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, Sandman Sims and many others.
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Instruments & Performance

Renell Gonsalves - Journey To The Light album art Brainstorm (5) Brainstorm (5) - Journey To The Light (Album) Tabu Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Renell Gonsalves - Funky Entertainment album art Brainstorm (5) Brainstorm (5) - Funky Entertainment (Album) Tabu Records US 1979 Sell This Version
LW-1354 Renell Gonsalves - Dedicacion album art Lyman Woodard Organization* And The Ship Sails On and 4 more… Lyman Woodard Organization* - Dedicacion(LP, Album) Corridor Records LW-1354 US 1985 Sell This Version
CIMPoL 5014 Renell Gonsalves - Live At The Dirty Dog  album art Ernie Krivda Ernie Krivda - Live At The Dirty Dog (CD, Album) CIMPoL CIMPoL 5014 US 2009 Sell This Version
74110-2 Renell Gonsalves - Blues For Peker album art Ernie Krivda Ernie Krivda - Blues For Peker(CD, Album) Capri Records (6) 74110-2 US 2011 Sell This Version
CJR 1237 Renell Gonsalves - Ernie Krivda At The Tri-C Jazz Fest album art Ernie Krivda Ernie Krivda - Ernie Krivda At The Tri-C Jazz Fest(CD, Album) Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1237 US 2012 Sell This Version
74140-2 Renell Gonsalves - Requiem For A Jazz Lady album art Ernie Krivda Ernie Krivda - Requiem For A Jazz Lady(CD, Album) Capri Records (6) 74140-2 US 2015 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Renell Gonsalves - Funky Entertainment album art Brainstorm (5) Don't Let Me Catch You With Your Groove Down (as R. Gonsalves) and 1 more… Brainstorm (5) - Funky Entertainment (Album) Tabu Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Renell Gonsalves - Hot For You album art Brainstorm (5) Don't Let Me Catch You With Your Groove Down (as R. Gonsalves) and 1 more… Brainstorm (5) - Hot For You Tabu Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
TABU1016 Renell Gonsalves - Journey To The Light album art Brainstorm (5) The Visitor Brainstorm (5) - Journey To The Light(CD, Album, RE, RM) Tabu Records TABU1016 UK 2013 Sell This Version