Tony Marino is an artist originally from South Philly. He has been passionate about jazz ever since he was 15, and he managed to witness some of the greats of the genre (including Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner) by sneaking into local jazz clubs! Through the years, Tony managed to experience living in various cities, from the East to the middle and the West Coast, carrying his love for music and the sound in his heart wherever he would go. Along the way, he also managed to study with masters of the craft, including Bill DelGoventore, Tom Lawton, and Breno Sauer, among others. Tony established himself as a pianist, composer, and bandleader, with a particular eye for jazz music, but not only.
Tony newest cd, “Thank You for the Music”, was released January 12, 2018, and is a studio effort fueled by passion, where Tony explores the influence of seminal performers, widely recognized for their contribution to music on a global scale. The release features seven original Latin Jazz songs, each arguably inspired by one of the artists whose name is immortalized on the record’s minimalistic artwork (Astor Piazzolla, Joao Donato, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, & James Moody).
Last year, Tony released “A Sound Investment”, which featured 10 original compositions with a particular focus on his signature blend of Latin jazz. The world of Latin music is like a giant piñata full of amazing surprises: you break it open and what you will find will astonish you: calypso, Baiao, Bossa, Nova, Tango, Frevo, Samba and a lot more. On this excellent release, tony set out to capture the authentic flavors, grooves, and rhythm of the many shades of Latin music, and combined to well-known popular music formats, ranging from swing and jazz to even funk and rock. The album is entertaining and appealing, yet sophisticated and engaging, showcasing Tony’s forward-thinking talent and diverse approach to the musical craft.
Among other pivotal studio works, one of Tony’s most relevant releases remains “The Latin Jazz Project”, a collection of songs released back in 1997, along with his band, Havana Heat (billed as “Tony Marino & Havana Heat). This record was a particularly significant milestone for Tony, as it helped define the artist’s trademark blend of genres, with a particular eye out for Latin grooves and other great sounds.
Although Tony’s sonic coordinates are deeply established and well-defined, this transcendental artist is not afraid to change his direction when needed, as well as embracing creativity and vision in full, facing each project with a unique attitude. His body of work is vast and excellent, with 9 albums worth of original material ever since his aforementioned stellar 1997 debut, “The Latin Jazz Project”, still regarded as one of his most influential releases.
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