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Guillermo Bazzola

Guillermo Bazzola is guitarist, composer, educator, journalist; b. Santos Lugares, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21 October 1962. His father, Osvaldo Bazzola (Sept. 7, 1926-March 5, 1982),and mother, Elida Hayde Raffa (b. July 24, 1931), were both born in Santos Lugares.

While a child, he spent many hours listening to the family s record collection, which included LPs of jazz, bossa nova, tango, classical music and Argentine folk music. His first musical instruments were a harmonica and a recorder, and later, when he was 11, he found a guitar at an uncle's house who gave it to him as a present. By that time, he saw the guitarist Oscar Aleman, who impressed him much. At 15, he switched to electric. His first musical heroes were Carlos Santana and some rock players like Ritchie Blackmore. Thanks to an older friend, he discovered jazz-rock, and got interested in John Abercrombie, John Mc Laughlin and Allan Holdsworth.

Around 1979, while studying with guitarist Cesar Silva, he started to play with some amateur groups, where he also started to write tunes. After his father's death in 1982 he continued studying mostly in a self-taught manner, transcribing much music by Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner and modern players like Kenny Wheeler, Wayne Shorter or Richie Beirach, who became his early influences as a jazz composer. In the mid 80s, while studying Sociology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, he got his first important gig, in the big band of vibist-composer Mariano Tito.

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