“the quintessential Latin jazz keyboardist” – is now eleven albums in and only getting stronger and stronger. Writing, composing and producing original music over the last two decades is no small feat. However, it seems to be one that Tony Marino has seemingly pulled off – and with plenty of stellar reviews.
Growing up in South Philly …
a 7-year-old Tony heard Leon Russell and decided that he wanted to take piano lessons. Unlike other 7-year-olds, Tony continued playing and eventually began studying, in his early teens, with pianist Bill DelGovenatore – who slowly but surely introduced Tony to the music of jazz legends, beginning with Thelonious Monk.
While absorbing all he could from his lessons with Bill, Tony was also working at a local music store – allowing him the privilege of meeting other jazz musicians such as Frank DiBussolo and Al Stauffer. Eventually, Bill introduced Tony to Tom Lawton, another familiar Philadephia pianist. Lawton became Tony’s last Philadelphia piano teacher.
The final brick in Tony’s jazz wall was an introduction to Ernest (Hoppy) Hopkins; Tony credits all of these musicians as fueling his passion for music, especially jazz. Three guesses as to what happened next…
Tony debuted his first original work in 1997 …
with Tony Marino & Havana Heat: The Latin Jazz Project, He has been churning out album after album since, to critical acclaim. Tony’s been called “one hell of a talented pianist” and his musicianship has been described as “flawless, skillful and captivating”.
The ability to capture listeners from other genres is a particular skill of Tony’s, “non-jazz fans may find plenty to love here”. Google Tony Marino and you will see positive review after positive review after positive review. That’s some serious kudos after eleven albums; as one critic noted, “Tony Marino has lost none of his fire since his ’97 debut release”.
Tony Marino has generated a worldwide following over his double-decade career so far, as evidenced by international radio airplay and streaming.
Well, good news for his fans: Tony now has TWO new releases this year (2019). Family and Friends – described as “superb, infectious and uplifting” out January 12th, 2019. Plus, Tango Silhouette– described as “exquisite orchestrations” available May 6th, 2019.
“At this point, I am dedicated to becoming a better musician and creating original music encompassing various forms of jazz specializing in Latin jazz and bop”, says Marino, and after listening to his latest offering I can only say that he’s hit the nail on the head, again. But don’t take my word for it, see – or, rather, listen – for yourself.