Bruno Martino

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Bruno Martino
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Background information
Birth nameBruno Martino
Born(1925-11-11)11 November 1925
Rome, Italy
Died12 June 2000 (aged 75)
Rome, Italy
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)composer, pianist, singer
InstrumentsPiano, Voice
Years active1944–2000

Bruno Martino (11 November 1925 – 12 June 2000) was an Italian jazz composer, singer and pianist.

Martino's early working life was spent in European radio and night club orchestras, later composing for popular Italian singers and touring the world with his own orchestra. He had a late-blossoming career as a singer.[1]


Internationally he is best known for the song Estate, composed in 1960, a standard that has been performed by many jazz musicians and singers since the early 1960s, including João Gilberto, Joe Diorio, Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans, Shirley Horn, Eliane Elias, Michel Petrucciani, Monty Alexander, Mike Stern and Robert Jospé.

Dracula Cha Cha Cha[edit]

Bruno Martino's song "Dracula Cha Cha Cha" appears in the album Italian Graffiti (1960/61) and is performed onscreen in Vincente Minnelli's film Two Weeks in Another Town (1962).

It inspired the title of Kim Newman's novel Dracula Cha Cha Cha (1998), which takes place in Rome, 1959.


  1. ^ Michael Sattler. Bruno Martino.