Jose Gobbo

Jose’s Education:

  • M.A. Jazz Performance, University of Iowa
  • B.M., University of Iowa

More about Jose:

Jose Gobbo is a Brazilian jazz guitarist. He moved to Iowa City in 2011 to pursue his master’s degree in Jazz Performance, and became highly immersed in the city’s musical scene. His debut album as a leader was released in 2013, titled “Zé,” features Brazilian legendary multi-instrumentalist Roberto Sion. Other activities during that time include: performance at the Iowa City Jazz Festival with baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder; the 14th international clarinet convention in Lincoln, NE with Dr. Maurita Marx; John Rapson’s recording of “The Night Sky and the Turquoise Sea.”

After moving to Illinois in 2014, Jose kept a busy performance schedule while pursuing his doctoral degree. He appears regularly with the Brad Wheeler Quartet and the Chip Stephens Organ Trio, which opened for Steely Dan in 2019. Jose also performs with members of UIUC jazz faculty Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo, Larry Gray, among others, and in Springfield with Frank Parker, Johnnie Owens, Julie Jules and Virgil Rhodes. In 2018, he was a finalist at Chicago’s Luminarts Jazz Competition, winning popular vote, and was a semi-finalist at Milwaukee’s Wilson Center Guitar Competition. He worked as a producer and performer in two Brazilian Tours with Jim Pisano and Damani Phillips.

Jose’s teaching experience includes two years as a teaching assistant in the Jazz Department at the University of Iowa, and two years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also worked for two years in the Latin American Studies Department at UIUC. He was featured as a guest artist at Western Illinois University, University of Iowa, State University of Campinas (Brazil), and Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). Jose currently teaches Music Appreciation at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL.