MAURIZIO GIAMMARCO (Pavia, 1952)

A leading figure in the history of Italian jazz since the early ’70s (as attested by the prestigious Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler), Maurizio Giammarco has established himself as a sax soloist, composer and leader of historical groups: from Lingomania (considered the most important italian jazz band of the 80s), to the Parco della Musica Jazz Orchestra (PMJO), the Rome Auditorium Big Band directed from 2005 to 2010 in more than a hundred concerts with top national and international guests. His interest for large ensembles continued later with other works for the sicilian Jazz Orchestra of the Mediterraneo (Cieli di Sicilia, The Bach Open Project – Vie di Fuga, and Il Brasile di Maria Pia De Vito). Rooted in a deep knowledge of all the historical jazz, and with a rich experiences also in other musical fields, Giammarco has reached a style that is well recognizable both on the soloist and compositional level, being the result of a personal synthesis of his own musical past. He has played with a lot of famous jazzmen (longer with Chet Baker, Lester Bowie, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Miroslav Vitous and then many others), and with basically almost all the most important italian musicians. He is currently leader of a new edition of Lingomania and of the Syncotribe trio (with L.Mannutza and E.Morello) with brand new cd’s out (2017). Among his most recent works, Lights and Shades, recorded with V.Juris, J.Anderson and A.Nussbaum (2013), should also be mentioned. Appreciated freelancer in records and pop music tours, he is currently active as a teacher at the Siena Jazz Foundation and at the Saint Louis Music School in Rome. He has composed and arranged music for theater, dance, cinema, cd roms, symphony orchestra and string orchestra. He is the author of a monograph on Sonny Rollins (1996) and of a book of his compositions and transcriptions published by Carish (2012). He directed the Termoli Jazz Podium festival from 2000 to 2006. His name is in over a hundred recordings.

 

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

As a LEADER:
So To Speak (M.G. Syncotribe – 2plet Rec 2017)
Lights & Shades (M.G. “Rundeep”, feat. V.Juris, J.Anderson, A.Nussbaum – PDM Rec 2013)
Eclectricity (Giammarco-Deidda-Arnold – PDM Records 2012)
Live alla Casa Del Jazz (M.G. Quartet con B.Stewart – L’Espresso, marzo 2007)
Live At The Big Mama (M.G., Liebman, Di Castri, Humair – Soul Note 2002)
“7”+8 (Quartet with Phil Markowitz – Night Bird. 2001)
In Our Hands (Heart Quartet – Blue Note International 1995)
Inside (Heart Quartet – Soul Note 1993)
Saurian Lexicon (M.G. Quartet & Quintet – Gala 1991)
Hornithology (M.G. Quartet with P. Erskine, M. Johnson, D. Rea – Gala 1988)
Precisione della Notte (M.G.Quartet) Vista. 1984

With ORCHESTRA JAZZ DEL MEDITERRANEO:
The Bach Open Project: Vie di Fuga (Anagliphos 2012)
Cieli di Sicilia (Anagliphos 2011)

With PARCO DELLA MUSICA JAZZ ORCHESTRA (PMJO)
Open on Sunday (PMJO & M.G. – PDM Records 2011)
Alla Casa Del Jazz (PMJO & M.G. – L’Espresso, maggio 2007)
Electric Miles Directions (PMJO & M.G. feat. Mike Stern – PDM Records 2007)

With LINGOMANIA:
Lingosphere (Lingomania – Abeat Rec. 2017)
Camminando (Gala 1989)
Grr…Expanders (Gala 1987)
Riverberi (Gala 1985)

With MEGATONES:
Mega Meets Microtones (feat. D.Fiuczynski – Brave Art/Sony 2005)
Punkromatic (Brave Art/Sony 2002)

Important recordings as a SIDEMAN:
StrayHorns (Alessandro Fabbri 7et feat. M.Giammarco, R.Rossi – Caligola 2012) – Love Ballads (with Art Lande, Leveratto, Gatto – Red Records 1999) – Song Tong (P.Damiani Ens. feat. Kenny Wheeler, Splash 1995) – 2nd Passage (with Tessarollo, Johnson, Vincent – V.Veneto Records 1995) – Soft Journey (Chet Baker meets Enrico Pieranunzi – 1980/ IDA).