Longtime local music group the George Souza Trio is shacking up at Moody’s Bistro in Truckee this weekend for two nights of jazz, flamenco, blues and beyond.
Souza (guitar, flugelhorn, vocals) is joined by Joe Dalister (bass) and Lou Langworthy (drums). The three have been playing together around Northern California and Nevada for more than 30 years, Souza said.
On his own, Souza has been active in the California music scene for even longer.
“In the late ‘60s, early ‘70s I was on the road with Patty LaBelle and the Vibrations,” Souza told Lake Tahoe Action. “Then, in the ‘70s I went to L.A. with Jeffrey Osborne and LTD. We recorded on A&M.”
Souza was also a house guitarist for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harrah’s Reno during the ‘80s, performing with numerous visiting artists at both venues.
“I played with everybody from Sammy Davis to Natalie Cole, anybody that came in,” the guitarist said.
Souza regularly performs in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin, both solo and with his trio. The group has appeared often at Moody’s since the restaurant opened, Souza said, most notably backing up Paul McCartney during his surprise performance there in 2004.
The trio will play Friday and Saturday nights at the Truckee venue, and will return for another pair of shows Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27.
People who attend can expect a blend of music styles from the trio, based in jazz, but encompassing a diverse array of genres.
“We do a lot of traditional jazz, like Wes Montgomery, and then more modern stuff like John Scofield, kind of acid jazz,” Souza said. “And then the flamenco is like Paco de Lucía, of course not as good.”
He also mentioned blues and R&B among the group’s repertoire.