An argentine saxophonist and composer that works over tango, taking jazz gestures, chamber and academic procedures, and carries out an innovative work over the music of Buenos Aires.
Jorge Retamoza is one of the saxophonists from Argentine who has more deeply developed the
inclusion of his instrument in tango language. This work can be heard on record albums with his group
and more than a dozen collaborations with other artists. The Argentine press has referred to his music:
tango and jazz elements, creating an unprecedented mixture sound and, at times, overwhelming. For
almost twenty years Retamoza has built with his original compositions a musical body based on the
tango, the jazz gestures and academic procedures that put his writing and playing in an originality
area, finding new ways to understand the tradition and future of Buenos Aires music.
Leading his group he has toured Argentina, South America, Europe and under the auspices of the
Department of Cultural Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Argentina, through the USA. This project
performs regularly in theaters, festivals, cultural centers, and universities, as well as offer master
classes in public and private educational institutes of America and Europe.
He is the author of The tango from the Saxo book commissioned by Melos Ed. Music, which includes a
series of practical works, studies, examples, transcriptions to develop a sound and a way to interpret
Buenos Aires music from the sax.
In permanent activity also he plays as guest soloist in a symphonic environment. In this academic field
has also released several works: Concerto for Tenor Saxophone Bandoneon and Orchestra, Three
Scenes Porteñas (for two Bass Clarinets and Symphonic Band), In Black and White Buenos Aires (for
Bandoneon soloist and six Percussionists) Concertango, for baritone Sax and Orchestra ( Argentine
National Arts Fund Award 2016)
He has composed music for TV and radio, for exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums as
well as music for film animation, in collaboration with artist Pablo Delfini, have obtained various
national and international awards.
In 1998 obtained by contest the baritone sax place for the Buenos Aires Symphonic Band, also
Retamoza dictates the sax lessons at the Manuel Falla Conservatory (Argentine Music Chair)
He was part of various jazz groups playing with leading musicians of the genre of Argentine: Diego
Urcola, Juan Cruz de Urquiza, Jorge Navarro, Hugo Pierre, Guillermo Romero, Daniel Piazzolla, etc.
Professionally, he played and recorded with different groups sharing the stage with artists like Raul
Lavie, Walter Rios, Guillermo Fernandez, Victor Pellegrini, Los Tarantos, etc. He had toured and recorded
with international stars like Isabel Pantoja, Sandro and Celia Cruz as a member of their groups and
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2018-08-14
I love jazz because is intense, human, creative.
I was first exposed to jazz by Bitches Brew a Miles Davis record.
The best show I ever attended was Michael Brecker Quartet with Joey Calderazzo, James Genus and Jeff "Tain" Watts at Punta del Este Jazz Festival.
The first jazz record I bought was Heavy Weather by Weather Report.