Jazz musician Dennis González was the godfather of avant-garde music in Dallas and beyond

Dennis González, whose career as a musician and jazz artist took him all over the world when he was not teaching mariachi music and traditions to children in Dallas, has died. He was 67 years old.

Gonzalez said the lawyer in October that he had been very ill since 2019, but collaborated on an art exhibition with his 8-year-old granddaughter, Isabella Sisk-González.

Family collaborations were a big part of his work, including Yells at Eels, his band with his sons, Aaron and Stefan. The band released an album with Pinkish Black in 2020 titled Vanishing light in the tunnel of dreams.

González moved to Oak Cliff in 1976 and was married to his wife, Carol, for 48 years. He worked as a music show host at KERA for over 20 years according to his Wikipedia page. And he was a music teacher at Dallas ISD for decades.

La Rondalla, the Oak Cliff-based nonprofit music organization he founded in 2010, has not only taught mariachi music and traditions to Dallas children and teens, but has also kept a few musicians full. time spent as teachers.

In addition to his immediate family, González is also survived by his siblings Sylvia Villareal, Scott González and Steve González.

Stefan González announced the loss on social media on Tuesday night, and memorials have been pouring in to his father’s Facebook page from friends and fans here and around the world since then.