During the current COVID 19 pandemic...

...all of my live programs have been postponed to later dates which leaves me with lots of time on my hands. Rather than sit around an watch old movies all day, (and I love old movies) I am working on a number of new books, short stories, songs and recording projects for the future.

I am available for consultation online or on the phone for anyone who wants to learn songwriting technique, how to publish their book or manuscript, pitching their music or screenplay, pre-production for an upcoming recording project or marketing music to film and TV. During the pandemic, all my consulting services will be free of charge. Simply reach out to me at writerjoseponce@gmail.com and let me know what you are looking to do.

Once this crisis is over, I'll be heading into the studio to record an old friend, Greg Johns as he records his first new project in over 30 years, recording an anthology of songs for songwriter David Peters and be recording some new songs (things I was going to try out on the road this summer) so catch me while you can before I get busy again.

Jose Antonio Ponce-A Quick Hit

What a life. Willis Alan Ramsey once trashed his hotel shower. Ice T admitted to him that he really didn't like playing a cop. Bob Odenkirk offered him a day old donut and Eva Longoria asked him to teach her the lyrics to Las Manaintas.

A songwriter for forty-five years, Jose began his life in music, performing in clubs and coffeehouses at age 16. When he wasn’t on stage, he had to stand outside of nightclubs to avoid breaking the law. He could work in a bar, he just couldn’t hang there.

At age 17, he sold his first song  for  $500.00.

At age 18, Jose was hired to load in sound equipment for a Jefferson Airplane concert. Concert promoter Bill Graham hired him to “keep people off of the stage” as security for the remainder of the tour. During off time, he swapped tunes with band members Jack Casaday and Jorma Kaukonen.

In 1975, Jose worked briefly as a road manager for the Led Zepplin North America tour, setting up and taking down concert venues with one of two sound and lighting crews. He then went to work on the original Outlaw tour with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings.

Jose continued to write and sell music and commercial jingles. At age 20, he was introduced to jazz which changed his perspective on music and stopped playing rock and folk to concentrate on jazz and acoustic music. He played jazz bass and guitar in small clubs around the country, introducing himself to  jazz masters like Milt Hinton, Ray Brown, Zoot Simms, Peter Appleyard, Lou Soloff, Howard Ellis, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon and many more.  He played with anyone who would have him.

In 1980, he was cast in the TV mini-series "Wild Times" when a casting director saw him sitting in a bar in Santa Fe and thought he had the perfect "mean bastard" look. His role? Mexican. He went on to play a Mexican in several other films. His experience spurred Jose to write about the movies for a few national magazines.

In 1986, Jose took a job in radio as an on air personality and later, as a record promoter. In 1988, he volunteered for the newly formed New Mexico Music Industry Coalition, an organization dedicated to the promotion of New Mexico artists, producers, songwriters and engineers. In 2005, he took over the organization as owner and producer and re-christened it the New Mexico Music Awards. In 1990, he joined the national folk group the Windsor Creek Trio and continues to tour with the band as its bassist.

Jose has hundreds of stories from a lifetime in music and film, from breakfast with Brenda Russell to dinner with Barry White. With over 1500 songs in his repertoire, he can play anything, country, jazz, blues, folk and more. Jose’s shows are entertaining and crowd pleasing.

Jose continues to write and sell his music to national and international artists. You can still see him in the occasional film or TV show. He has written several books and co-produced a number of music documentaries. As a New Mexico Music Commissioner and through the New Mexico Music Awards, he works to promote New Mexico musicians as artists and to film and television.

Copyright 2020 by Jose Antonio Ponce Photo by Jon Carr


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