We do not have precise information about his place of birth and the date he was born but some of the researchers we have consulted state that he was born in Buenos Aires in 1878.
His first instrument was the violin. His elder brother taught him the first lessons. By the end of the ninetieth century and beginning of the twentieth they together organized, also with the flutist Luis Teisseire, ?the composer of "Entrada prohibida"? and some occasional guitarist (according to Héctor Ernié, one may have been Eusebio Aspiazú), an orchestra that played at balls at backyards and cheap cafes near the Mercado de Abasto. Some authors also mention the violinist Julián Urdapilleta as sideman.
Soon thereafter he switched violin for flute and, in 1910, he joined the Domingo Santa Cruz?s orchestra to play at the Café La Morocha. It was a quartet that also included Alcides Palavecino (violin) ?some evenings Julio Orioli played as substitute? and Juan Santa Cruz ?Domingo?s brother? (piano). He dedicated his tango ?Santa Cruz? to the bandleader and the latter, instead, dedicated to the former one entitled ?Hernani?.
Two years later he joined the aggregation led by Juan Maglio ?Pacho? that appeared on the stage of the Café La Paloma to a great acclaim. Because of that gig they were hired to record for the Columbia label and became the Orquesta Típica Criolla Juan Maglio ?Pacho?, that in fact was a quartet that also included José Bonano aka ?Pepino? (violin) and Luciano Ríos (7-string guitar).
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