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, U.S.
Died June 16, 2009(2009-06-16) (aged 85)
Köln, Germany
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Alto saxophone
Years active 1945–2009
Labels Bethlehem, Denon, Catalyst, ECM
Associated acts Stan Kenton, Embryo

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

Biography[edit]

Mariano was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Italian immigrants, Giovanni Mariano and Maria Di Gironimo of Fallo, Italy. He grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, enlisting in the Army Air Corps after high school, during World War II. After his service in the Army, Mariano attended what was then known as Schlesinger House of Music, now Berklee College of Music. He was among the faculty at Berklee from 1965–1971. Mariano moved to Europe in 1971, settling eventually in Köln (Cologne), Germany, with his third wife, Dorothee Zippel.

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.

He was known for his use of the nadaswaram, a classical wind instrument from Tamil Nadu.[2]

Mariano had six daughters, including four with his first wife, and musician Monday Michiru with his second wife. He had six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He died of cancer on June 16, 2009.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Mariano performing with Pork Pie, c. 1976

As leader[edit]

  • 1949: Octet
  • 1951: Boston All Stars
  • 1955: Quartet
  • 1956: Alto Sax For Young Moderns (Bethlehem)
  • 1956: Plays (Bethlehem)
  • 1961: The Toshiko - Mariano Quartet
  • 1967: Folk Soul
  • 1967: Iberian Waltz (Denon)
  • 1971: Mirror
  • 1971: Blue Stone (with Chris Hinze)
  • 1974: Reflections (Catalyst)
  • 1974: Cascade
  • 1976: Helen 12 Trees
  • 1979: Sleep My Love
  • 1979: Crystal Bells
  • 1980: Life w/Embryo & Karnataka College of Percussion
  • 1983: Jyothi (ECM) with Karnataka College of Percussion
  • 1984: Tears of Sound
  • 1985: Plum Island
  • 1988: One night in '88 w/Wolfgang Dauner, Dino Saluzzi
  • 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 Peggy Connelly

With Embryo

  • We Keep On, 1973
  • Surfin' , 1975
  • Bad Heads and Bad Cats, 1976
  • Live, 1977
  • Life, 1980

With Maynard Ferguson

With George Gruntz

With Chico Hamilton

With André Jaume

  • Abbaye et Lépau, 1990

With Elvin Jones

With Theo Jörgensmann

  • Fellowship (2005)

With Stan Kenton

With Rolf Kühn Orchestra

  • Symphonic Swampfire (MPS, 1979)

With Shelly Manne

With Charles Mingus

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With Pierre Moerlen's Gong

With Pork Pie

  • Transitory, 1974

With Herb Pomeroy

With Alex Riel

  • Live at Stars, 2008

With Joanna Rimmer

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

With Supersister

  • Iskander, 1973

With McCoy Tyner

With Edward Vesala

With Eberhard Webers' Colours

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jazzmusiker Charlie Mariano gestorben". Münstersche Zeitung.de. June 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Reality show India's Got Talent – Khoj 2 winners to sing for Obama". India Today. October 31, 2010. 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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