His musical career began at the age of 8 when he started playing an old piano at home. His sister America discovered his musical abilities and taught him his first music lessons. When his father realized his son was an innate musician, he had the renowned piano teacher, Maria Ines Endara de Riba, provide formal classes for him.At the age of 9, he was earning tips by playing for Union Club members who gathered at the club every afternoon. Soon after that, he was getting paid to play at parties held there.
He formed his first band while attending high school at the National Institute. Jose Manuel "Chema" Varela played the flute, his brother Roberto Azcarraga, the drums and Encarnacion Picota, the violin. He got a job at a local theater providing background music for silent movies, and in 1930 he traveled to the United States with the intention of taking organ lessons. While there, he auditioned for organist Lew White who after hearing him play said: "That is the way I'd like to play."
Lucho received many honors during his brilliant career such as two Panamanian government decoration medals and several civic club honors. He delighted many audiences with his lively, high spirited performances, including England's Queen Elizabeth, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and many others.He performed at the New York's World Fair, at Rockefeller Center and at many Army posts in the United States; also in Puerto Rico, in most of the Central and South American countries and on many cruise ships.
He played and enjoyed his music until a few days before his peaceful death on Nov. 10, 1996.
Lucho Azcarraga Discography
|1009||Lucho Azcarraga||La Chaquira De Panama (LP, Album)||Lea S.A.||1009||Panama||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|ALP1002||Luis Azcarraga* And His Hotel Panama Conjunto||Luis Azcarraga* And His Hotel Panama Conjunto - El Panama Fiesta (LP, Album)||Panama Artists, Inc.||ALP1002||Panama||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|LPE-1005||Lucho Azcarraga||Panama Viejo (LP)||Lea S.A.||LPE-1005||Panama||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|UNK||Lucho Azcarraga||Cena Y Baile En Panama Con Lucho Azcarraga (LP)||El Disco Es Cultura||UNK||Costa Rica||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|1007, LPE 1007||Lucho Azcarraga||Bello Panama (LP)||Lea S.A., Lea S.A.||1007, LPE 1007||Panama||Unknown||Sell This Version|