Carmine Ugo “Charlie” Mariano (November 12, 1923 – June 16, 2009) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and soprano saxophonist.
Mariano was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Italian immigrants, Giovanni Mariano and Maria Di Gironimo of Fallo, Italy. He grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, enlisting in the Army Air Corps after high school, during World War II. After his service in the Army, Mariano attended what was then known as Schillinger House of Music, now Berklee College of Music. He was among the faculty at Berklee from 1965–1971. Mariano moved to Europe in 1971, settling eventually in Köln (Cologne), Germany, with his third wife, Dorothee Zippel.
He played with one of the Stan Kenton big bands, Toshiko Akiyoshi (his then wife), Charles Mingus, Eberhard Weber, the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Embryo and numerous other notable bands and musicians.
He was known for his use of the nadaswaram, a classical wind instrument from Tamil Nadu.
Mariano had six daughters, including four with his first wife, and musician Monday Michiru with his second wife. He had six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He died of cancer on June 16, 2009. (by wikipedia)
A ’77 session with onetime Charlie Parker imitator Charlie Mariano now as immersed in Asian and Indian music as he ever was in bop. He’s working with a European rhythm section that includes keyboardist Rainer Bruninghaus and bassist Barre Phillips. There are some compositions that reflect Mariano’s jazz background, while others have everything from classical strains to Asian scales and instruments. (by Ron Wynn)
Rainer Brüninghaus (piano, synthesizer)
Udo Dahmen (drums, percussion)
Trilok Gurtu (tabla, percussion, drums)
Charlie Mariano (saxophone, flute, nagaswaram)
Hansgeorg Meuser (electric bass)
Barre Phillips (acoustic bass)
01. Aszù (Brüninghaus) 8.10
02. Nagaswarup (Mariano) 7.47
03. Earth (Brüninghaus) 2.47
04. Out Of The Jungle (Dahmen) 4.18
05. To An Elfin Princess (Mariano) 7.26
07. 7 Up (Meuser) 5.26
08. Back Of J. (Phillips) 2.53
09. Down The Kaveri (Mariano) 4.41