A number of renowned guitarists in Mexico and Europe play Caro & Topete guitars. Guitarists include such illuminaries as Mauricio Hernandez Monterrubio, Dale Kavanagh, Yussi Wenger, Gilberto Gonzalez, Alonso Aguirre, David Mozqueda, Winfried Kellner, Antonio Barajas, Eduardo Ulloa, and David Filio. Recordings of many of these artists can be found on Youtube.
Over the past few years, other notable players have seen and heard Caro & Topete guitars in ther U.S. and have chosen to use and endorse these fine instruments. Our Endorsers include the following fine guitarists:
Kevin Turner is an accomplished jazz guitarist and educator based in Columbus, Ohio. He began playing the guitar at age 9 and started his professional career at age 16 as a member of the Hank Marr Trio. Mr. Turner has performed and recorded with many artists including Ray Charles, Kirk Whalum, Oleta Adams, Lalah Hathaway, Diane Schuur and Dr. John. Turner released his award-winning and Stellar-nominated gospel jazz CD entitled HIM in October 2005. Kevin presently tours and records with Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. His artistry is most recently featured on Kirk Whalum's album Romance Language and album/live DVD Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV. He uses a model ESe with a Barbera Transducer for performances requiring a nylon stringed guitar.
Many details on Kevin Turner's musical background, artistic accomplishments, educational activities, and upcoming engagements can be found on his website www.kevinturnermusic.com.
Fareed Haque is classical and jazz guitar virtuoso who is able apply his impeccable classical technique to modern jazz harmonies and sweeping melodic lines. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.
Mr. Haque visited our booth at NAMM 2020 for an improptu session with Steinar Aadnekvam (see below) and opted for a Model ESe with a Barbera transducer to use in concerts and recording projects.
Numerous recordings of Mr. Haque can be found on Youtube and we anticipate posting videos of him with his Caro-Topete guitar in the near future. More information about him and samples of his music can be found on his websitee www.fareed.com.
Paul Jackson Jr.
Paul Jackson Jr. is a successful grammy nominated artist with seven previous albums and multiple television appearances, most notably the Tonight Show and American Idol, and is regarded as a highly respected and accomplished musician throughout the entertainment industry. Mr. Jackson's session work is legendary, having recording credits in a wide variety of musical projects by many notable artists including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Celline Dion, Kenny Rogers, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, and George Benson, among countless others. Mr. Jackson is also on the faculty at the University of California. He plays the flagship Model MX equipped with a Barbera Soloist Transducer and LR Baggs amplified endpin jack.
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Paul Jackson Jr. playing his Model MX Guitar
At NAMM 2019 in January 2019, critically acclaimed jazz Scandanavian guitarist Steinar Aadnekvam also fell in love with our model ESe equiped with a Barbera Soloist Transducer and took delivery on one of these beautiful guitars in February 2019. Born in Norway but now based in Sweden, Steinar continues to use this guitar for recording and concert tours throughout Europe with his dynamite group Freedom's Trio. His music is a combination of Latin and funk with highly polished jazz lines throughout and features extraodinary virtuousity both on Steinar's part and on the part of his group mates, bassist Rubem Farias of Brasil and singer/drummer Deodato Siquir from Mozambique. It is remarkable testimony to the universal nature of music that this beautiful Caro & Topete guitar, handcrafted in a small shop in Guadalajara, is now entertaining appreciative audiences on the other side of the world. Please visit Steinar's website at www.freedomstrio.com for more information about Steinar and impressive videos of live performances of this remarkable young virtuoso using his beautiful Model ESe.
Steinar performs at NAMM 2019
At Summer NAMM 2018 in Nashville, Mr. B.J. Golden, guitarist for country western singing star Brantley Gilbert, stopped our booth and played a Model MX guitar, hear him play using the link below. Based upon his initial impression of the MX, B.J. decided to comission Ernesto Caro to build him a custom flamenco guitar based on design elements of the MX which was delivered in early November 2018. B.J. is now using this beautiful guitar in recordings and concert performances with Mr. Glibert where a fine concert guitar is required.
B.J. Golden performs "Felicidades" on a Model MX guitar
B.J. Golden performing in concert with Brantley Gilbert on his custom made Caro y Topete flamenco guitar
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Also at NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, Nicaraguan born Roger Espinoza, LA-based World guitarist and composer, stopped by our booth and fell in love with a Model ESe fitted with a Barbera Soloist transducer. As a result, he now has that guitar and is an official endorser of Caro & Topete guitars. Roger is a product of American music and a faithful student of the traditional music of the gypsies. A guitar virtuoso who studied with the legendary Jorge Strunz of the popular guitar duo Strunz and Farah, and Flamenco Maestro Paco Arroyo, Roger has released a number of CDs and has numerous television and movie credits. More information about Roger and samples of his music can be found on his website www.rogerespinoza.com.
Roger with his Model ESe
Kopecky Guitars is looking for established artists in the US to use, endorse, and promote Caro y Topete Guitars. If you are an established and active music professional and would like to explore endorsement and promotional opportunities, please contact John Kopecky for more information. He can be reached by cellphone at 619-895-5262 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.