Led by eminent guitarist, Dave Ricketts, the group has been a San Francisco mainstay for over fifteen years, and one of the busiest bands in the bay area playing 5 to 10 gigs a week. Together with virtuosos Rob Reich–accordion and Craig Venetresco–guitar, superlative bassist Ari Munkres and versatile percussionist Steve Apple, these guys keep crowds moving with their beats and complex rhythms.
“Gaucho transports listeners back in time. Blending instrumental acuity and lighthearted humor, they take the French gypsy tradition straight back to the gutbucket, creating a uniquely American concoction.” – SF Jazz
“S.F. Jazz Festival – 10 shows you need to see”– San Jose Mercury News
"Gaucho - S.F.'s hardest working Gypsy Jazz Band" – SF Chronicle
“Gaucho scores high marks for integrating the rhythms of world cultures in their music while also retaining a slice of Americana in their songs with elements of ragtime and the old-time country-swing of riverboat bands. They offer more than a typical gypsy-jazz ensemble and their love of this music is inspiring.” – Jazz Reviews
“Their tight-knit 1930s Eastern European standards, Reinhardt covers, swing hits and New Orleans jams enabled the outfit to make a name for itself around S.F., scoring high-profile fans like Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan.”– The Monterey Weekly
Gaucho has recorded seven albums, tours regularly, and has an increasing repertoire of over forty original tunes. Seven of their tunes are featured in the 2012 film "Trattoria"; one was chosen by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their website; and another is featured in the outtakes section of the Pixar DVD CARS 2.