Charlie Mariano

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Charlie Mariano
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Charlie Mariano at concert
Background information
Birth name Carmine Ugo Mariano
Born (1923-11-12)November 12, 1923
Boston, Massachusetts
Origin United States
Died June 19, 2009(2009-06-19) (aged 85)
Köln, Germany
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, world music
Occupations Musician, composer
Instruments Alto saxophone, Nadaswaram
Years active 1945-2009
Associated acts Charlie Mariano Tribute

Carmine Ugo Mariano (November 12, 1923 – June 16, 2009[1]) was an American jazz alto saxophonist. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and died in Cologne, Germany.

Charlie Mariano performing with the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, 1992

Biography[edit]

Mariano was the son of Italian immigrants.

Besides his work and recordings with acclaimed jazz musicians, he was best known for his use of a traditional Indian wind instrument - the world's loudest - called the Nadaswaram.

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.

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

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]

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

With Embryo

  • We Keep On, 1973
  • Surfin , 1975
  • Life, 1980

With George Gruntz

With Chico Hamilton

With Dieter Ilg

  • Due, 2005

With André Jaume

  • Abbaye et Lépau, 1990

With Elvin Jones

With Theo Jörgensmann

  • Fellowship, 2005

With Charles Mingus

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With Pork Pie

  • Transitory, 1974

With Alex Riel

  • Live at Stars, 2008

With Joanna Rimmer

  • Dedicated to..... Just Me! (Sam Productions, 2008)

With Supersister (Dutch band)

  • Iskander, 1973

With Edward Vesala

With Eberhard Webers' Colours

With Stan Kenton

With Pierre Moerlens' Gong Leave it open(Arista, 1981)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jazzmusiker Charlie Mariano gestorben". Münstersche Zeitung.de. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

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