Virgil Gonsalves

Virgil Gonsalves (5 September 1931 – 20 October 2008)[1] was an American saxophonist and clarinetist, though primarily a baritone saxophonist.

Born in Monterey, California, Gonsalvez was a baritone saxophonist with the orchestras of Alvino Rey (1950) and Tex Beneke (1952). In 1954 he formed an ensemble with Bob Enevoldsen, the tenor saxophonist Buddy Wise, Lou Levy, Harry Babasin, and Larry Bunker, and recorded the album Virgil Gonsalves Sextet in 1954 on Nocturne Records 8. Among the group’s later members were Leo Wright, Junior Mance, Ron Crotty (born 1929), and Eddie Khan. Gonzalves also worked as a freelance, mainly in the San Francisco area.[2][3] He was a member of the Pacific Gas & Electric rock band from 1971 to 1972.[4] He died in Salinas, California.

Selected discography

As leader

Virgil Gonsalves Sextet
Virgil Gonsalves (baritone sax), Bob Enevoldsen (vocal, trombone), Buddy Wise (tenor sax), Lou Levy (piano), Harry Babasin (bass), Larry Bunker (drums)
Virgil Gonsalves, Jazz – San Francisco Style
Bob Bagley (vocal, trombone), Danny Pateris (tenor sax), Virgil Gonsalves (baritone sax), Clyde Pound (piano), Ron Crotty (bass), Max Hartstein (bass), Gus Gustafson (drums)

As sideman

Rudy Salvini Orchestra, Intro to Jazz
Rudy Salvini, Allen Smith, Al Del Simone, Wayne Allen, Billy Catalano (trumpets), Van Hughes, Archie Lecoque, Chuck Etter, Ron Bertuccelli (trombones), Charles Martin (alto sax), Jerry Coker, Tom Hart, Howard Dudune (tenor sax), Virgil Gonsalves (baritone), John Marabuto (piano), Dean Reilly (bass), John Markham (drums), Jerry Cournoyer, Jerry Mulvihill, Jerry Coker (arrangers)

As leader

Virgil Gonsalves, Jazz At Monterey: Virgil Gonsalves Big Band Plus Six
  • San Francisco, c. 1959, 1959
  • San Francisco, c. 1959


  1. Obituary: Gonsalves, Virgil; 77; Salinas CA, The Salinas Californian, October 25, 2008
  2. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second edition, Volume 2 of 3, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld (born 1950) (2002)
    OCLC 163210034
    ISBN 033369189X ISBN 9780333691892
    ISBN 1561592846 ISBN 9781561592845
  3. Fred M. Hall (born 1923), It's About Time: the Dave Brubeck Story, University of Arkansas Press (1996)
    OCLC 33047216, 243831319, 317901117
    ISBN 1557284040 ISBN 9781557284044
    ISBN 1557284059 ISBN 9781557284051
    LCCN 95-38531
  4. Who's Who in Rock Music, by William York, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1982)
    OCLC 8034627, 239742710, 748505125
    ISBN 0684173425 ISBN 9780684173429
    ISBN 0684173433 ISBN 9780684173436
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