It all started in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the mid sixties: a group of well trained young musicians got together and started developing a band to perform Traditional Jazz based in the original African-American musical concepts first heard in New Orleans at the turn of the 20 th century, and later in Chicago and New York. This is how the (now legendary) PORTEÑA JAZZ BAND was born.They were soon performing around Buenos Aires: appearances in Jazz Festivals, Radio Broadcasts and TV shows made them extremely popular amongst Argentinean audiences.
With the addition of several new members, the band got larger during the late sixties and early seventies, and also widened its repertoire including many arrangements based in the original music created by Fletcher Henderson, the McKinney Cotton Pickers and young Duke Ellington.
During that period the band increased its popularity, and was required to perform abroad, touring Brazil , Chile , Jamaica , Venezuela , Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The band’s first European tour took place in 1975, playing to enthusiastic audiences in Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. In the years to follow, the band performed in over 40 international festivals, among them Burgdorf, Musikerkeller Festival, Jazz Meeting Gentbrugge, Oude Stijl Jazz Festival Breda, Hannover Jazz Festival, Hamburg Festival, Marciac Festival, Festival de Bayonne (Jazz aux Remparts), Brecon Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de San Sebastian, Festival de Santander, etc.
PORTEÑA JAZZ BAND has had the opportunity to share the stage with prominent Jazz personalities like Bud Freeman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Winton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan, Chick Corea, Michel Petrucciani, Arturo Sandoval, and many.
PORTEÑA JAZZ BAND has recorded twelve LPs, 3 CDs and two EPs in Argentina, 1 LP in France, five CDs in Holland and seven CDs in Uruguay.
In 2005, and following serious discrepancies with the band’s current manager, most of the remaining members of the original group (Ubaldo Gonzalez Lanuza, José Ignacio “Negro” Mazzanti, Juan Carlos Moruzzi, Luis Parella Terriel, Raul Grano Cortinez and Marcelo Gallo) had moved to Spain and decided re-found the PORTEÑA JAZZ BAND: they are looking forward to celebrate the band’s 40 th anniversary playing to European audiences.