We're proud to announce the launch of a new jazz web site by saxophonist Marco Pignataro at marcopignataro.net
Here you will find exciting news about Marco's current work in the jazz scene, an updated tour schedule, press photos, educational material by Marco, interesting links, writings, and much more. ABOUT MARCO PIGNATARO
Italian saxophonist Marco Pignataro is currently the Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) a new program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through a variety of musical disciplines. Together with Danilo Perez as Artistic Director, Marco leads the BGJI as a center of musical creativity that emphasizes personalized goal- setting and directed study, experiential and service learning with a special emphasis on nature and the environment, business acumen, and intensive access to world-class visiting artists.
Marco has, until recently, been the director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and Jazz Saxophone Chair at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He is a multi- talented saxophonist, composer, educator, and jazz columnist. A native of Bologna, Italy, he studied classical music at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Music and jazz at the University of Miami and Florida International University, as well as with jazz artists and educators such as Steve Grossman, Gary Campbell, Ed Calle, Gary Keller, Ron Miller, Vince Maggio, Mike Orta, Renato D'Aiello, and IAJE Hall of Famer Richard Dunscomb. As a saxophonist, Marco has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in jazz festivals and international music venues in Milan, Bologna, Siena, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Oscar Stagnaro, Danilo Perez, Arturo Sandoval, Ray Vega, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart and Jon Faddis, among others.
While at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, he developed the jazz saxophone curriculum, founded and directed the CMPR Jazz Faculty Ensemble, and co-founded the bachelor of music in jazz and Caribbean music studies. As a dedicated music educator, Marco also worked in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools across half a decade and participates as jazz faculty in the University of Veracruz International Summer Jazz Seminars. Marco's column, Style & Influence, was regularly featured in the quarterly magazine Jazz Improv. As a reviewer and columnist, Marco has also conducted interviews with Branford Marsalis, Jerry Bergonzi, Danilo Perez, David Snchez, and Miguel Zenn.
Marco Pignataro was elected as an IAJE Executive Board Member of the International Association of Jazz Educators where he served as the first IAJE Latin America Representative and Founder and President of the IAJE Chapter of Puerto Rico.
The latest Marco Pignataro CD release HOMESICK" was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Marco's compositions and arrangements. Homesick was recorded in Philadelphia with a stellar group formed by Eddie Gomez, Bill Drummond, Matt Marvuglio and Mark Kramer.
Soon to be released: Per Sempre" - Eddie Gomez Quintet featuring Marco Pignataro (with Matt Marvuglio, Teo Ciavarella and Massimo Manzi), recorded in Italy on December 2009.
MARCO PIGNATARO is a RICO Performing Artist, Endorser for Mauriat saxophones and for the Applied Microphone Technology Wireless System.