MAURIZIO GIAMMARCO (Pavia, 1952)
A central figure on the italian jazz scene since early '70's (as attested by his inclusion in the prestigious Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz, edited by Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler), Maurizio Giammarco has made his name as a saxophonist, composer and leader of historic groups (such as Lingomania, regarded as the most representative group of the '80's). More recently, he has been the director of the Parco Della Musica Jazz Orchestra (PMJO) resident big band at the Rome Auditorium, a nomination that has enabled Maurizio to focus with growing interest on large ensembles, as also seen by other two recent works with the sicilian Orchestra Jazz del Mediterraneo (Cieli di Sicilia, The Bach Open Project: Vie di Fuga). From 2005 to 2010 PMJO performed more than 100 concerts in Italy and abroad (Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Germany) playing original productions, historic repertoires, and working with the cream of the national and international scene: Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Martial Solal, Kenny Wheeler, Uri Caine, Maria Schneider, Karl Berger, Mike Gibbs, Frank Tiberi, George Lewis, Michael Portal, Riccardo Del Fra, Franco e Dino Piana, Marcello Rosa, Bruno Tommaso, Paolo Damiani, Marco Tiso, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Mike Stern, David Fiuczynski, Nuen Lee, Antonio Iasevoli, Javier Girotto, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irene Grandi, Rosalia De Sousa, Maria Pia De Vito, Alan Farrington, Maurizio Rota.
Starting from a profound understanding of historic jazz, Maurizio has always drawn on the most various musical circles, arriving at a personal synthesis be it on a soloist level as well as compositional. Attesting his wide range of targets is also his recent collaboration with the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble (PMCE), a new unit dedited to contemporary composeres (as Frank Zappa, John Adams, Philip Glass, Steve Reich etc.).
Among his many past important groups it must be mentioned the Heart Quartet ('93-'97), a quartet co-leaded with Phil Markowitz (1999-2005) and the group Megatones (1999-2005). At the present Maurizio's projects include Tricycles (a crossover trio with Dario Deidda and american drummer John B. Arnold), the more acustic quartet Jazz Four (with Mannutza, Puglisi, Di Leonardo) and a collaboration with italian bass player Riccardo Del Fra (Rendez-Vous Quartet). He his proud of many collaborations with renowned national and international jazzmen (Chet Baker, Lester Bowie, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Miroslav Vitous, Alex Sipiagin, to mention the more frequent) and with almost all of the most important Italian musicians. He has played and recorded with Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Franco Ambrosetti, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Fabrizio Bosso, Tom Harrell, Aldo Romano, Manhu Roche, Marvin Smith, Ron Vincent, Peter Erskine, Billy Cobham, Daniel Humair, Joe La Barbera, Danny Gottlieb, Sangoma Everett, Kim Plainfield, Adam Nussbaum, Bill Stewart, Gene Jackson, Marc Dresser, Harvie Swartz, Marc Johnson, Dean Johnson, Peter Washington, Lincoln Goines, Jay Anderson, Paolino Dalla Porta, Miroslav Vitous, George Gruntz, Mike Melillo, Art Lande, Joe Diorio, Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans, Joe Bowie and many others.
Active also in teaching, in the recording and concert fields, he has distinguished himself as a freelancer on recordings and during tours of pop music and has composed and arranged music for theatre, dance, movies, cd roms, as well symphonic and string orchestras. Author of a monograph on Sonny Rollins (1996), he was also the director of the Termoli Jazz Podium festival (2000-6). He has recorded more than one hundred records of which about twenty titles as a leader (see discography).
MORE RECENT SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
As a LEADER:
Eclectricity (Giammarco-Deidda-Arnold - PDM Records 2012) The Bach Open Project: Vie di Fuga (M.G. with L'Orchestra Jazz del Mediterraneo 2012) Cieli Di Sicilia (MG with L'Orchestra Jazz del Mediterraneo 2011) Live alla Casa Del Jazz (MG 4et with B.Stewart - L’Espresso magazine, March 2007) Live At The Big Mama (MG, Liebman, Di Castri, Humair - Soul Note 2002) "7"+8 (with Phil Markowitz - Night Bird. 2001) In Our Hands (Heart Quartet - Blue Note International 1995) Inside (MG Heart Quartet - Soul Note 1993) Saurian Lexicon (MG quartet - Gala 1991) Hornithology (MG with P. Erskine, M. Johnson, D. Rea - Gala 1988)
As director of the PARCO della MUSICA JAZZ ORCHESTRA:
Open on Sunday (PMJO and M.Giammarco - PDM Records 2011) Alla Casa Del Jazz (by L’Espresso magazine, May 2007) Electric Miles Directions (with Mike Stern - PDM Records 2007)
Mega Meets Microtones (with D.Fiuczynski - Brave Art/Sony 2005) Punkromatic (Brave Art/Sony 2002)
Camminando (Gala 1989) Grr…Expanders (Gala 1987) Riverberi (Gala 1985)
As a SIDEMAN:
StrayHorns (A.Fabbri trio plus 4 horns - Caligola 2012) Love Ballads (Red Records 1999) Song Tong (P.Damiani Ens. feat. Kenny Wheeler, Splash 1995) 2nd Passage (V.Veneto Records 1995) Soft Journey (Chet Baker meets Enrico Pieranunzi - 1980, IDA - 2011, Egea).