Juan Carlos Bazan, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

“La Chiflada” by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica, 1942.

Juan Carlos Bazán

Argentine-Tango-classes-san-francisco-bay-areaStout, rather fat, and a good guy is the description with which those who knew him and gave us their testimony coincided.

In his youth, a waiter of a Japanese barroom located on 25 de Mayo Street a few meters from Corrientes, had told him that on several occasions he had seen that on the corner of the street people used to crowd together to listen to some music.

Eager to know, one day he went closer and, in the middle of that occasional audience, he saw Fat Bazán playing a long brass trumpet from which a cloth banner with golden letters was hanging.

It was the advertisement of Kalisay, an aperitif of that time, which included the classic boy doll with a large head that represented an old man… Continue reading at www.todotango.com...

Here you can see Juan Carlos Bazán playing his clarinet, next to his life long friend “El Pibe” Ernesto Ponzio, and “El Cachafaz” and Carmencita Calderón dancing, in this scene from the first sound film made in Argentina, “Tango!”, of 1933.

From “History of Tango – Part 3: La Guardia Vieja” and “History of Tango – Part 8: Roberto Firpo and the acceptance of the piano in the Orquesta Típica” (read more, click here).

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Marcelo Solis

I was born in Argentina. Through my family and the community that saw my upbringing, I have been intimately involved with the culture of Tango all my life, and have been an Argentine Tango dance performer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. I profoundly love Tango dancing, music, and culture, particularly that of the Golden Era. I am a milonguero.

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