"...Mauro Bluzin began listening to classics like B.B. King, Ray Charles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Steve Miller Band, Carlos Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Beatles, etc..."
Mauro Bluzin was born in Niterói in April 1970 and his musical experience began at age six when he moved to Monterey, California, near San Francisco. It was there that he picked up his first blues influences. Coincidentally, the 70's and the region called the "Bay Area" in San Francisco, would become his great musical inspiration, and while he was still a little kid he had the chance to get close to the influential musical movement of that time.
Although his parents had little knowledge of or great interest in the world of rock, rock'n'roll and blues, at that age Mauro Bluzin began listening to classics like B.B. King, Ray Charles, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Steve Miller Band, Carlos Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Beatles, etc.. His parents bought him LPs of these bands without even realizing the level and quality of the music they were bringing into their home.
At age 10, back in Brazil, Mauro Bluzin was already showing an interest in playing music and became involved with the marching band at the school he attended, which helped him develop his skills on rhythm and percussion instruments. Later, when he was 14, he enrolled in drum classes with teachers from his school orchestra and it wasn't long before Mauro Bluzin, at age 16, put together his first band as a drummer. The style of this first band was pop rock, but at that point Mauro already had his musical preferences and plunged into the world of blues and rock and roll once and for all.
His musical taste has always been very eclectic, and has included Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Otis Rush, Albert King, Freddie King, Charlie Musselwhite, Charles Ford Blues Band, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Jimi Hendrix, Robben Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin and James Brown among others, as well as Brazilian bands from the rock and blues scene like Barão Vermelho, Plebe Rude, Ed Motta, Celso Blues Boy and Blues Etílicos, among others, as well as names from MPB like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, etc.
During this same time, Mauro Bluzin became interested in acoustic and electric guitar. In 1986 he sold his drums, bought his first guitar and decided to immerse himself in studying music. His major influence in blues and jazz, which made him exchange drums for the guitar, was Robben Ford (read more about Robben Ford at the link http://www.robbenford.com).
With guitar in hand, Mauro Bluzin began his studies with electric and acoustic guitarist/composer Fernando Caneca. He studied with Caneca for nearly two years, and concluded his studies in harmony, improvisation and reading (read more about Fernando Caneca at the link http://www.myspace.com/fernandocaneca).
His blues/rock influence was so strong that before long Mauro Bluzin put together his second band. From then on, Bluzin pursued a musical career more grounded in his original blues. At that time, in 1988, Mauro and his brother Vinny Brown started Mr. Blues. The band featured Fábio Teixeira on guitar and vocals, Sérgio Allaude on bass and Marcos Manso on drums. They did their own versions of compositions by the great blues masters from the Mississippi Delta and Chicago, as well as their own compositions.
From 1988 to 1993 Bluzin urged the project forward by playing on the stages of Rio and Niteroi in traditional blues clubs and other venues. This was part of the direction to go in at a time when blues was having good reception on the national scene. Mr. Blues is featured on pages 193 and 194 of the book BLUES - da lama a fama (Blues - from mud to fame) by Roberto Muggiati, journalist, writer and saxophonist.
Mr. Blues began to open shows for Celso Blues Boy in Niteroi, as well as playing on the dream stage of any bluesman - O Circo Voador (Flying Circus). At that time, in August 1993, Mr. Blues opened a show for Big Allanbik there when the club was still a tent.
After all these miles on the road, in 1993 Mauro Bluzin went to college and left the band, but never left his love for music and his bluesman spirit.
It was in 2003, 10 years after he'd left Mr. Blues, that Mauro Bluzin once again had the opportunity to devote himself to music the way he'd always wanted. During this period, after a long hiatus, Mauro Bluzin resumed his musical studies with great intensity. At that time he resumed his guitar studies with guitarist and teacher Daniel Santana and music production at Home Studio with Sérgio Izecksohn, as well as singing lessons at the Rio Música school with Ronald Valle.
During that same period he recorded and composed some of his songs and also put together a new band with the former bassist from Mr. Blues. At the time, his plan was to have a rock and blues band focused on the music of the 70s. For reasons beyond his control, the band had several different formats and names, and ended up being a pop rock project, which lasted four years and recorded two CDs under different formats and names.
After that period, Mauro went searching for what he actually wanted – to play the blues – and in June 2007 he met up with his former colleagues from Mr. Blues and decided to revive the project with the original lineup. After some time on the road the project took on another format, and with the departure of Vinny Brown the remaining members decided to create Bluzin. That format lasted for over a year and had the participation of other friends, playing in clubs Niterói and Rio de Janeiro, as well as opening shows for the band Mamute.
After going back and forth between two different formats, the project ended, but the ideas and the blues didn't. In mid-2009 Mauro Bluzin returned full force to his project of combining blues and rock. This time he joined with other friends with the same musical influences, as well as lengthy experience and willingness to move the project forward.