Jose Antonio Ponce
A writer and musician living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Learn more about his books and music from his recent interview on KOB-TV’s Good Day, New Mexico with Irene Estrada.
Jose also plays bass alongside guitarist Dave Woodruff and the multi-instrumentalist George Giganti as The Windsor Creek Trio.
A guitarist and vocalist, Jose plays a number of different styles of music including Jazz, Blues and Americana. Check out these performances of Jose playing solo, with The Windsor Creek Trio, with Hillary Smith and a bunch of friends and subscribe to Jose’s YouTube channel to see more videos. For more information on his music, take a look at the set list.
JOSE’S CURRENT SCHEDULE:
A book signing at the Esther Bone Memorial Library on December 3rd, 6:30 PM performing some original songs, reading stories, essays and poetry from my books “Lunch Hour” & “53-Coming of Age in the 70’s”
Jose’s new offering is a book of proverbs written for his son, Kurt, entitled “From Father to Son…”. He is also the author of a book of short stories, “Lunch Hour” and a book of poetry, “53-coming of age in the 70’s”. All are available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. Jose is also helping new and emerging authors and musicians publish their works through his company Jason’s Music Publishing.
Jason’s Music Publishing is also producing a line of amusing and sometimes irreverent “Cancer Empowerment” and “Women’s Empowerment” tees for women and people battling cancer and mugs bearing “The Celebrity Prayer” from his book “53”. For a complete list of products, or to make a purchase, please visit the store.
Other interests include interning with veteran director Thom Eberhardt and writer/producer Christine Vasquez on two short documentary films; "Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque" and Lewie Wickham: A New Mexico Original. These films are the first part of a series of films chronicling some of the great music and legendary musicians of New Mexico.
Each month Jose offers a sampling of poetry, essays and short stories as well as columns related to music and the music industry. Please feel free to browse and let us know what you think. Send your comments to email@example.com
With help from wife Kathy and a lot of friends, Jose produces the New Mexico Music Awards, which annually recognizes excellence in music recorded and produced within the state of New Mexico. The brainstorm of New Mexico engineer and producer Eric Larson and other New Mexico music industry professionals who, in 1985, realized that the best way to elevate the quality of music produced in New Mexico was through competition. The first awards program took place in 1988. The program celebrated its silver anniversary in 2012. It is the longest running and most successful music awards program in New Mexico and one of the longest running music awards programs in the US.
NMMA co-founder Eric Larson passed away in April of 2005 and that same year the Eric Larson Endowment at the University of New Mexico was created to assist junior or senior students at UNM who have declared music or a related field as their major. The most recent grantee is Sean Trauth, a senior at UNM.
Jose is the current president of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop promoting Jazz, Salsa and Blues and educating young people about this most American art form and a member of the New Mexico Music Commission, a New Mexico state mandated organization promoting the diverse music of New Mexico.