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Hugo Garcia

Instrument: Guitar

Who is Hugo Garcia?

Hugo Garcia, Argentine Guitarist, born in the city of Buenos Aires on October 5, 1965, began his training in classical guitar at the age of eight. Shortly after, he discovered the Argentine Jazz group “Swing 39” and was forever captivated by the unique sound of guitarists Walter Malosetti and Ricardo Pellican.

From there, he devoted himself to studying Jazz guitar, taking classes in harmony, improvisation, and ensemble with Ricardo Pellican. Later, he took lessons with Eduardo Ravera, who was the guitarist for another influential Gypsy-style group in Argentina, the Quinteto de Hernán Oliva.

At the age of 19, he made his debut on the local scene with pianist Hugo Travi’s traditional Jazz quartet. Later, he became part of various Swing-related groups, including La Luisiana Dixieland Band led by Eliseo Solino and the Jazz Landers led by Hugo Giudici. He occasionally accompanied guitarist Eduardo Ravera in a trio formation and participated in Jazz Manouche formations in a trio with guitarists Roberto Terzano, Claudio Gómez, and bassist Adrián Iturburu.

Among his favorite and influential musicians are Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Alemán, Walter Malosetti, Bireli Lagrene, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Herb Hellis, and Bucky Pizzarelli.

Inspired by his passion for Django Reinhardt’s music, in December 2001, he founded the group Swing Tzigane together with violinist Lito Dalmon. Since then, they regularly perform on various stages in the local and national music scene. Currently, along with his son Nacho, he is one of the guitarists of Swing Tzigane.