Charlie Mariano

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Charlie Mariano
Mariano at a 2003 concert
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]


Mariano performing with Pork Pie, c. 1976

As leader[edit]

  • Charlie Mariano (Bethlehem, 1956)
  • Beauties of 1918 (World Pacific, 1958)
  • A Jazz Portrait of Charlie Mariano (Regina, 1963)
  • Charlie Mariano & Sadao Watanabe (Victor, 1967)
  • Mirror (Atlantic, 1972)
  • Helen 12 Trees (MPS, 1976)
  • Reflections (Catalyst, 1977)
  • October (Inner City 1978)
  • Mariano (Capitol/Intuition, 1988)
  • Swingin' with Mariano (Affinity, 1990)
  • Boston Days (Fresh Sound, 1994)
  • Seventy (Intuition, 1995)
  • Deep in a Dream (Enja, 2003)

As sideman[edit]

With Stan Kenton

With Shelly Manne

With Charles Mingus

With Eberhard Weber

With others

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazzmusiker Charlie Mariano gestorben". Münstersche June 16, 2009. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  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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