Charlie Mariano

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Charlie Mariano
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Mariano at a 2003 concert
Background information
Birth nameCarmine Ugo Mariano
Born(1923-11-12)November 12, 1923
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJune 16, 2009(2009-06-16) (aged 85)
Köln, Germany
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
Years active1945–2009
LabelsBethlehem, Denon, Catalyst, ECM
Associated actsStan Kenton, Embryo

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


Charlie Mariano - Portrait by Gert Chesi

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 Schillinger 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 five daughters, including three with his first wife, Glenna Gregory Mariano, and became the father to musician Monday Michiru with his second wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and also had his youngest daughter, Zana Mariano, with Charlotte Mariano. He had six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He died of cancer on June 16, 2009.[3] He loved Boston and Plum Island and Newburyport, Massachusetts and came home often to visit his large and welcoming family; regularly visiting Boston's predominantly-Italian North End for food and fun with his children and to the Plum Island area to play cards and eat wonderful food and enjoy limoncello, fine espressos and Cuban cigars. Possessor of a warm laugh and an easy vibe, Mariano will never be forgotten by those lucky enough to have enjoyed his company.


Mariano performing with Pork Pie, c. 1976

As leader[edit]

  • 1949: Octet
  • 1950: Charlie Mariano with His Jazz Group (Imperial)
  • 1951: Modern Saxophone Stylings of Charlie Mariano (Imperial)
  • 1951: Boston All Stars (Prestige)
  • 1952: New Sound From Boston (Prestige)
  • 1955: Quartet
  • 1955: Sextet (Bethlehem 1955) Reissue 12 inch Plays Chloe (Bethlehem 1957)
  • 1956: Alto Sax For Young Moderns (Bethlehem)
  • 1961: The Toshiko - Mariano Quartet
  • 1967: Folk Soul
  • 1967: Iberian Waltz (Denon)
  • 1971: Mirror
  • 1971: Blue Stone (with Chris Hinze)
  • 1973: Altissimo (Philips) with Lee Konitz, Gary Bartz and Jackie McLean
  • 1974: Reflections (Catalyst)
  • 1974: Cascade
  • 1976: Helen 12 Trees
  • 1977: October (with Rainer Brüninghaus, Barre Phillips, Trilok Gurtu, Hans-Georg Meuser, Udo Dahmen) [Inner City Records – IC 1024]
  • 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
  • 1989: It's Standard Time Vol 1-2 (with Tete Montoliu Trio)
  • 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)
  • 2000: Tango Para Charlie
  • 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
  • 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 Rabih Abou-Khalil

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

With Peggy Connelly

With Osmosis (band)

  • Osmosis (RCA 1970)

With Embryo

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

With Wolfgang Dauner and Dino Saluzzi

  • Pas De Trois (Mood 1989)

With Maynard Ferguson

With George Gruntz

With Chico Hamilton

With Bill Holman

With Dieter Ilg

  • Due, 2005

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

With Stu Williamson

With Philip Catherine

  • September Man, (Atlantic, 1975)
  • Sleep My Love, (CMP, 1979)
  • End of August, (WEA, 1982)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazzmusiker Charlie Mariano gestorben". Münstersche June 16, 2009. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Reality show India's Got Talent – Khoj 2 winners to sing for Obama". India Today. October 31, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2014. The nadaswaram is a classical instrument of Tamil Nadu and among the world's loudest non- brass acoustic instruments.
  3. ^ "Charlie Mariano, saxophonist, musical sojourner". Boston Globe. June 17, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2017.

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