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My Way
by Lucho Silva
Lucho Silva (1931 to 2015) was an Ecuadorian 'jazz' saxophonist. Lucho Silva was born Luis Silva Parra in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on February 9th 1931. His father, Fermin Silva de La Torre, was a violinist and orchestra director, and the founder of the first ever Ecuadorian "big band". At the age of 12, young Silva would accompany his father to gigs and wedding parties, where he first played violin. However, he wasn't inspired by the violin, and became more interested in the saxophone, making a rudimentary wooden wind instrument in the style of a sax. He also spent time painting images of saxophones. Seeing his interest in the instrument, his father enrolled him at the Santa Cecilia Academy of the Philanthropic Society of Guayas. At the age of 13, he was taught by a teacher named Bolívar Claverol, and at the age of 15 he joined the orchestra group 'Costa Rica Swing Boys'. Having rented saxophones up to this point, Silva bought his first saxophone just before joining the orchestras of Blacio Junior and the 'Sonora Rubén Lema'. He also developed as a singer, clarinetist and flautist, and played in the groups 'Los Cuatro', 'De Luxe', 'Los Hermanos Silva' (with his brothers), and 'Los Gatos'. Sometimes, to earn a little side money, he even played street serenades in Guayaquil. In 1983, orchestra director Freddy Ehlers used one of Silva's compositions as the theme tune for his television programme (a 'jazz' melody played on the saxophone). Over his career, he eventually became one of the most recorded instrumental artists in Ecuador, and was awarded the National Prize in Art ("Premio Eugenio Espejo") by the President of Ecuador in 2012. Lucho Silva died in Guayaquil on December 30th 2015, aged 84. [ Translated from: http://www.ecuadorinmediato.com/index.php?module=Noticias&func=news_user_view&id=2818793931 ]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Silva_Parra
Posted: 16th January 2016
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