Exclusive Interview with “Tony Marino”

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(Last Updated On: March 12, 2022)

Today we’re going to share exclusive interview of very talented artist “Tony Marino” with all of you. So, without wasting time let’s get started.

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Q: How did you come into music industry? I started music lessons in grade school. In my early teens, my father introduced me to his work partner the Rev. Ernie Hopkins who was a great man and a jazz musician. Around the same time, I started studying music with Bill DelGovenatore and I took a job working at Sam D’Amico’s music store. In freshman year of high school, I was offered a job to play in an Italian American wedding band called IDEA 71. This was an extremely busy time for me. I was playing between 3 to 6 nights a week, attended high school, continued taking piano lessons, and worked at the music store. Bill introduced me to many types of music styles, as well as many musicians. I also recorded two records while playing with IDEA 71. In junior year of high school my father passed away. After high school, I started studying with Tom Lawton (University of the Arts) while attending RETS electronic schools and continued to play in Idea 71 several nights a week. After graduating from RETS, I quit playing in IDEA 71 and started working full time in electronics and attending college at night to pursue degrees in engineering. Music was put on hold. During this time, I met and married my wife, discovered Paquito D’Rivera and Claudio Roditi’s music and had a son. Paquito and Claudio’s music inspired me to study and play Latin jazz. After finishing college, I went back to studying music with Tom Lawton. I met Paquito and shortly after meeting Paquito we moved from the Philly area to Fort Wayne Indiana and our daughter was born. I continued to study music, to write music and I started a band called Havana Heat. In 1997, I released my first CD as a leader called “Tony Marino and Havana Heat the Latin Jazz Project”. Shortly after releasing the CD, I studied with Jose Valdes and Jim Trompeter. I met Claudio Roditi in February of 1997. Claudio introduced me to Breno and Neusa Sauer and asked Breno if he would teach me how to play Brazilian music. I took lessons with Breno and during the sessions his wife Neusa made me cassette recordings of many South American artists who I was not familiar with at that time. During this time, I recorded my second CD “Note for Note” and moved from Ft. Wayne to Folsom, California. While in Folsom, I played with many local musicians. After two years in Folsom, we returned to Ft. Wayne, and I continued to write, record music, and perform with my band called “Tony Marino’s Latin Jazz Sounds”. I continued studying with Lawrence Hobgood. During this time, I wrote music and recorded “Samba De Say Party,” “Broad Street”, “5” and “It’s Not That Complicated”. In addition, I also published a book of original compositions called “Tony Marino’s Latin Jazz Sounds.” In 2008, we moved to New Jersey where I studied with Mark Soskin and played with local musicians. In 2012 we moved from New Jersey to Santa Barbara CA. While in Santa Barbara I played with many local musicians and musicians that were passing through town. In 2015, we set up a studio and recorded “101”. Shortly after releasing the CD “101” and having an opportunity to take a lesson with Arturo Sandoval, we moved back to Fort Wayne. Since returning to Fort Wayne I have released “A Sound Investment”, “Thank You for The Music”, “Family and Friends”, Tango Silhouette”, “Que Pasa”, “Swing Your Thing”, “Rhythm and Dues” and Most recently “Cold Pizza”.

Q: Who was your inspiration for music?

A: 1.) Starting out I was initially inspired by Leon Russell, Marc Benno and The Doors.

2.) My teachers and mentors: Bill DelGovenatore, Rev. Ernie “Hoppy” Hopkins. Tom Lawton, Jose Valdes, Jim Trompeter, Claudio Roditi, Breno and Neusa Sauer, Lawrence Hobgood, Mark Soskin and Arturo Sandoval.

3.) All the people I have played with over the years.

4.) Gato Barberi, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Phineas Newborn Jr., Oscar Peterson, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Carlos Franzetti, Egberto Gismonti, Airto, Flora Purim, Chick Corea, Dan Hicks, Glenn Gould, Andra Schiff, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Met Torme, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Mario Rivera, James Moody, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Michel Camilo, Hermeto Pascoal, Daduka Da Fonseca, Jobim, Paulo Braga, Elis Regina, Greg Abate, Slide Hampton, J.J. Johnson, Jimmy Bruno, Oscar Stagnaro, Ignacio Berroa, Mark Walker, Marvin Stamm, Itibere Zwarg, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Astor Piazzolla and many others. 5.) My wife Kristina, our son Matthew, our daughter Stephanie, my family, and friends. 6.) All the musicians, DJs, reviewers, and fans that have supported me over the years.

Q: What is the name of your debut song?

A: The first song I wrote is called “Take A Break”. My latest album “Tony Marino Cold Pizza”. (Feb 2022) Cold Pizza – https://open.spotify.com/album/3UuFuMjzlUjvfEXkmWppFl

Q: Say something about your musical journey?

A: I have been blessed. Q: Who helped you most in your journey? My wife Kristina.

Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?

A: Bill DelGovenatore, Ernie Hopkins, Vince Montana, Claudio Roditi, Tom Lawton, Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno and many others.

Q: What do you do now a days?

A; I study, practice, write and record new music.

Q: Let us know something about your future projects.

A: I am currently writing and recording music for a piano solo album.

Q: What is your message to your fans.

A: Thank you for your support. I hope that you like the new music that I have recorded. I wish you and your family all the best.

Q: Any message for new artist?

A: Study as much as you can about music and the business, do not depend solely on music for financial support, work on a second money making career and do not get involved in using drugs or alcohol.


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