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 Pork Pie, ca. 1976

Early years[edit]

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


Mariano was known for his use of the nadaswaram, a classical wind instrument from Tamil Nadu.[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 was the son of Italian immigrant parents, 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 WWII. 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 died of cancer on June 16, 2009.[citation needed]

Mariano had six daughters, including four from his first wife, Glenna Gregory [Sherry, Cynthia, Melanie and Celeste]; one daughter with second wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Monday Michiru; and his youngest daughter with his then partner Charlotte Bulathsinghla [Zana]. He had six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazzmusiker Charlie Mariano gestorben". Münstersche 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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