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Guillermo Bazzola

Argentine guitarist, composer, writer and educator

About Me

Guillermo Bazzola (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1962) Guitarist, composer, educator and music reviewer, Guillermo Bazzola is one of the key names of the “New Jazz from Argentina” of the 90s. Since then, he has developed an impressive career both as a guitarist and composer, covering a wide range of styles including: classic swing & bebop, electric jazz rock, new tango and free improvisation, among others. Guillermo is mostly self-taught. In addition, he has attended clinics and seminars with Jim Hall, Peter Sprague and Marc Copland among others. His private studies include lessons with John Abercrombie, and music theory and harmony with Pedro Aguilar. Guillermo has played with the most important musicians in Argentina and with visiting artists such as Conrad Herwig, Sid Jacobs and Jane Blackstone. He recorded under his own name, with pianist Ernesto Jodos and with singer Eleonora Eubel. His music has been played in the United States as well as in Italy and Germany. Since 2002 Guillermo has resided in Madrid and divides his time between teaching guitar, jazz combo and improvisation, and playing with different groups, most frequently with the highly praised Gnu Trio (guitar - Guillermo Bazzola, saxophone - Marcelo Peralta and drums - Andrés Litwin). Guillermo has recently worked as a sideman with bass player David Friesen, pianist Franco D’Andrea, singers Monika Heidemann and Cristina Mora and guitarists John Stowell and Steve Brown. As a result of a 2013 New York state tour, Steve Brown and Guillermo recorded a duo album “Una Pequeña Alegría,” which has been accepted for eligibility in the Grammy Award nomination category for "Best Jazz CD".

My Favorites

  1. Kenny Wheeler - Gnu High, Around 6, Angel Song
  2. Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth
  3. John Abercrombie - Gateway, Characters, Arcade, Open Land, Class Trip
  4. John Coltrane - Giant Steps, Crescent, A Love Supreme, Interestellar Space
  5. Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool
  6. Paul Bley - Footloose, Closer, If We May
  7. Marty Ehrlich - Malinke's Dance
  8. Astor Piazzolla - Piazzolla Interpreta a Piazzolla
  9. Bill Frisell - Live, Before We Were Born
  10. Anthony Braxton - Five Pieces 1975
  11. Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds, Emerald Tears, Jumpin'In