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Monday, February 18, 2013

Walking thru the Park - Adrian Jimenez

Adrian Jimenez was born 16th January 1971 in Buenos Aires. He started his first steps with the harmonica in 1990, taking lessons with Luis Robinson, for over a year. After that, he had the opportunity to study with Bruce Ewan (harp player from Washington, USA). He also attended several master classes with Billy Branch (from Chicago, USA), Flavio Guimaraes (from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and Norton Buffalo (from California, USA), and constantly improving as a self-taught person. He has been sponsored by Hohnner since 1999. He has been part of the Argentinian blues scene since 1993, performing in the most important clubs in Buenos Aires and in the rest of the country with several bands such as: Insoluble, La Texaco, La Suburbana, The Cotton Pickers, Blues del Sur, etc. He also plays country blues since 1995 with Gabriel Gratzer and “The Country Blues Boys”. He has also performed as guest with local blues bands, such as King Size, Easy Baby, etc. He has been an outstanding performer in several festivals like “Buenos Aires no duerme” (Buenos Aires doesn’t sleep), organized by the Buenos Aires City government and in 6 National Harmonicas Festivals. In Buenos Aires, Jimenez has opened International Blues Shows such as Dave Myers, Billy Branch, John Primer, Eddie C. Campbell, Phil Guy, etc. He has been to Chicago, where he could play in bars and blues clubs, sharing stage with important blues musicians such as Billy Branch and John Primer. Along his career, Jimenez has played at top clubs, concert halls and theaters in Buenos Aires, becoming himself the first harp player who has performed in one of the most important and historical classic music theater in the world, The Colon Theater (Teatro Colon). He has also performed in San Martin Theater, Maipo Theater and Larreta Museum. All this places are considered as the most important into the historical and cultural circuit in Argentina. About his teaching experience, he has given harmonica classes at the San Martin Cultural Center. He has also taught at the Collegium Musicum Blues School since 2001, and he has given private lessons of both standard (diatonic) and chromatic harmonica since 1994. JimĂ©nez has been deeply dedicated to the study of the harmonica since its beginnings, from the 20’s until our days, walking through the grand masters’ different styles. His most important references are Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Sonny Terry, Deford Bailey, George Harmonica Smith, and many others. Nowadays he is featuring his first own work, called Harmonica blues. He plays in it with the most representative musicians of the local blues scene. Harmonica Blues has six instrumental tracks, from Jimenez’ own creation and the other nine tracks are his own versions of traditional blues songs. The predominant style in his work is Chicago blues, but we could find other styles as well, such as Louisiana, Mississippi, etc. He has participated with Luis Saltos, Franco Luciani, Mavi Diaz and Domingo Cura among others in the film "A Los Cuatro Vientos", a tribute film to Hugo Diaz, one of the best argentinian harp players from all the times.

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