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Hugo Diaz: a harmonica as virtuous as it is varied

Hugo Díaz managed to transmit with his harmonica exclusive and inimitable sounds

Hugo Díaz was an extraordinary harmonica performer born in Santiago del Estero on August 10, 1927. In 1948 he debuted in the rock “Achalay Huasi”. He recorded his first long playing “Baile en el campo”, on “TK” records. In 1949 he formed his first ensemble, where his wife acted as a singer, and his brother-in-law, percussionist Domingo Cura, performing on “Radio Belgrano” .In the 1950s and 1960s, he brought folklore to Europe, sponsored by the “Casa Horner”. Argentine television showed it many times. We had the opportunity to appreciate his interpretive skills through that medium, which showed us a Hugo Diaz performing preferably folklore. But his other performances of jazz or tango, came to us through the radio auditions of the Argentine Peruvian broadcaster and animator, Hugo Guerrero Martinheitz, who professed him a deep admiration. In those evening auditions, the spaces dedicated to his records were longer and we enjoyed his performances of classical jazz and traditional tangos, along with the folk ones. His harmonic performances were at the level of the best performers in the world, such as Toots Thielemans and Larry Oh, Adler. He shared the stage in the United States with Louis Amstrong and Oscar Peterson. Hugo Díaz managed to transmit with his harmonica, exclusive and inimitable sounds, when he performed a folk song, a jazz theme or a tango, in that nostalgic Buenos Aires. Source: 3% adctor_hugo%20d%c 3% adazCarlos Araujo 14/3/2013 -

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