Charlie Mariano

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Charlie Mariano
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Mariano at a 2003 concert
Background information
Birth name Carmine Ugo Mariano
Born (1923-11-12)November 12, 1923
Boston, Massachusetts
Origin United States
Died June 16, 2009(2009-06-16) (aged 85)
Köln, Germany
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Alto saxophone, Nadaswaram
Years active 1945-2009

Carmine Ugo Mariano (November 12, 1923 – June 16, 2009[1]) was an American jazz alto saxophonist.

Mariano performing with the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, 1992

Early years[edit]

Mariano was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Italian immigrants.

Career[edit]

Mariano was known for his use of the nadaswaram, a classical wind instrument from Tamil Nadu, said to among the world's loudest.[2]

He played with one of the Stan Kenton big bands, Toshiko Akiyoshi (his then wife), Charles Mingus, Eberhard Weber, the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Embryo and numerous other notable bands and musicians.

Personal life[edit]

Mariano moved to Europe in the 1970s and with his wife Dorothee Zippel, settling eventually in Köln (Cologne), Germany, where he died of cancer on June 16, 2009.[citation needed]

Mariano had six daughters, including soul/jazz singer Monday Michiru from his marriage with Toshiko Akiyoshi, six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1949: Octet
  • 1951: Boston All Stars
  • 1955: Quartet
  • 1956: Alto Sax For Young Moderns (Bethlehem bcp 25)
  • 1956: Plays (Bethlehem Rec.)
  • 1961: The Toshiko - Mariano Quartet
  • 1967: Folk Soul
  • 1967: Iberian Waltz (Denon)
  • 1971: Mirror
  • 1971: Blue Stone (with Chris Hinze)
  • 1974: Reflections (Catalyst Records)
  • 1974: Cascade
  • 1976: Helen 12 Trees
  • 1979: Sleep My Love
  • 1979: Crystal Bells
  • 1980: Life (with Embryo & The Karnataka College of Percussion)
  • 1983: Jyothi (ECM, with Karnataka College of Percussion)
  • 1984: Tears of Sound
  • 1985: Plum Island
  • 1990: Abbaye de l´epau
  • 1991: Autumn Dreams (with Mal Waldron Trio)
  • 1992: Innuendo (with Jasper van't Hof)
  • 1993: Seventy
  • 1996: Summertime In Venice
  • 1997: Nassim
  • 1998: Bangalore
  • 1998: Savannah Samurai
  • 2000: Not Quite A Ballad (with Würzburg Philharmonic)
  • 2001: Brutto Tempo with Jasper van't Hof, Steve Swallow
  • 2002: Portrait Of France
  • 2002: Frontier Traffic (with Ali Haurand, Daniel Humair)
  • 2003: Deep In A Dream
  • 2004: Not Quite A Ballad
  • 2005: Tango Para Charlie
  • 2005: When The Sun Comes Out
  • 2006: Sadao & Charlie Again
  • 2007: The Tamarind Tree
  • 2008: The Great Concert - Stuttgart with Philip Catherine and Jasper van't Hof
  • 2009: Blues & Ballads (with Benjamin Koppel, Copenhagen, Cowbell Music)

As sideman[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jazzmusiker Charlie Mariano gestorben". Münstersche Zeitung.de. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Reality show India's Got Talent - Khoj 2 winners to sing for Obama". India Today. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2014-07-22. The nadaswaram is a classical instrument of Tamil Nadu and among the world's loudest non- brass acoustic instruments. 

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