Tony Marino (composer, pianist, leader) has created a loyal following and not all of his listeners are jazz enthusiast. His style seems to capture listeners from other genres continuously.
To date, Tony has released 8 cds of original songs using various Latin styles of music: samba, bossa nova, frevo, tango, montuno, bolero, be bop, swing, baiao, funk and calypso to name a few.
His first cd “Tony Marino & Havana Heat: The Latin Jazz Project” was released January 1997. The cd debuted original jazz compositions using a variety of latin styles.
“Note For Note” with sixteen new original compositions was released in 1999. On this cd, Tony took a new approach. He wrote, composed and recorded all of the instruments used, himself. He literally recorded this cd note for note, hence the name!
“Samba De Say Party“, released in 2001, is “Adventurous and exploratory in combining the elements of Brazilian jazz with those of bolero, swing, tango, funk and others”. (Heidi Drockelman/Indie-Music)
“Broad Street” (2003), pays tribute to his “Philadelphia roots” again using familiar Latin rhythms. “The varied Brazilian and Latin material that inspired it is respectfully treated, with energy levels revealing both commitment towards and understanding of their respective sensual and lively natures. It features seven Latinized offerings from Marino and one each from Paquito D’ Rivera and Claudio Roditi -who are key personal and intellectual influences.” (~ Javier Antonio Quinones Ortiz)
Tony’s fifth cd, cleverly named “5” is an assortment of Jazz… Smooth , Modern, Odd Time, Bossa Nova, Waltz, Be Bop, Ballad, Samba, Organ Trio, and Blues. “5″ surely has something for everyone!
Tony followed “5” with, “It’s Not That Complicated“, in 2006. With 8 new compositions and 4 new arrangements – “It’s Not That Complicated” final cut “I Have To Go” has you wishing that that just weren’t true!
Following “It’s Not That Complicated” Tony wrote and recorded, “A Tune For Matt” but never released it to the public as a complete cd.
After several years in hiatus, in 2016, Tony was back with a new release “101“, with 14 original songs using various Latin styles and music arrangements. The songs on “101” were written and dedicated to friends, family and mentors that have touched Tony’s life over the years. “101” received great reviews, especially from his fan base – “an upbeat unique sound that really sets your whole body and soul in motion!!! Such talent that has you dancing to every single note with every fiber of your being and uplifts your soul!!! It just so sets your heart, mind, body and soul free!”
February 15th, 2017 – save the date for Tony’s newest cd to be released “A Sound Investment“.