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Marco Pignataro

Instrument: Saxophone | AMT Products Used: Roam 1 Elite

“Marco uses the AMT Roam 1 Elite!” – Marco Pignataro

A native of Bologna, the charming and highly cultural university town in northern Italy, Marco Pignataro began his musical studies at the “Bruno Maderna” Conservatory of Music. At this fine classical institution, Marco majored in classical saxophone under the prestigious guidance of Maestro Gilberto Monetti, a celebrated recording classical saxophonist (Saxophone Journal, Vo.l 18, No.5). Just soon after Marco’s third year of study, Maestro Monetti invited the young saxophonist to be the new sax baritone player of his long-standing recording classical quartet, the “Nuovo Quartetto d’Ance”, and to give recitals in concert halls and music festivals all around Italy.

During this period, Marco’s passion for jazz brought him to begin studying jazz improvisation with Renato D’Aiello, one of the finest Italian jazz saxophonists, now a leading artist in the London jazz scene. Once again, Marco’s talent and verve assured him a chair in the D’Aiello Jazz Band “Echoes Of An Era” in less than a year, and exposed the gifted saxophonist to the lively jazz scene of the Italian peninsula with frequent concerts in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. During these early formative years, Pignataro also studied with saxophone legend Steve Grossman, toured West and East Berlin with the “Trento Jazz Project” and won prestigious awards like the Siena Jazz Seminar’s Outstanding Performer Scholarship under the patronage of Bruno Tommaso and Gianluigi Trovesi. Eventually, Pignataro landed more scholarship offers from the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Music, the Berklee College of Music and the prestigious University of Miami Jazz Program in Coral Gables, Florida.

After having completed the fifth year at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory, Marco accepted the offer from the University of Miami and moved to Miami in 1991 where he resided for the next 10 years. During his American journey, Marco Pignataro studied jazz saxophone, arranging and composition with the who’s who of the Miami jazz scene such as recording artists of the caliber of Gary Campbell, Ed Calle, Gary Keller, Ron Miller, Mike Orta and Vince Maggio, just to name a few. Upon graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, Marco received a full scholarship from the Florida International University where he studied with the widely renowned saxophonist Gary Campbell. Upon graduating in 2000 with a Master of Science in Music Education with Jazz Emphasis, Marco enrolled again for his second master and the completion of his M.M. in Jazz Performance is pending his final recital.

During his years as a first sax tenor chair of the FIU Jazz band, and the FIU First Jazz Combo, Marco shared the front stage and played solos with jazz greats like Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Paquito D’Rivera, Antonio Hart, Nestor Torres, Gary Campbell, Ed Calle, among others. During these prolific years, Pignataro was featured in numerous concerts such as the IAJE Jazz Conference in Chicago, the Hollywood Jazz Festival in Florida and in opening acts for artists such as Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson and Poncho Sanchez. Pignataro participated also in the recording of the FIU Jazz Band CD “Hot & Cool” where he played back to back with trumpet great Arturo Sandoval.

On his own efforts, Marco also freelanced as the leader of the “Sharp Four” Jazz Quartet and the “Miami Jazzet” with vibraphonist virtuoso Errol Rackipov, performing through out the greater Miami area in concert halls and jazz clubs like the Week Center Hall, Jazzid and Mo’Jazz. The legendary Mo’Jazz Club, a now defunct temple of the South Florida jazz scene, also featured Marco as a guest artist of its Young Lions Concert Series, with Tony Castellano leading the house band on piano. Marco’s well-rounded schooling and experience brought him to expand his activities to several areas beside jazz and classical music, just as touring South Florida, New York and Boston with the world-music recording group Zenglen, sailing to Mexico and Bahamas with the Leeward Show Band and performing with several Latin and Latin-jazz groups in the Miami/Orlando area.

Currently, Marco Pignataro teaches Jazz Saxophone and he is the Director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, the historic music Institution founded in 1959 by the illustrious Spanish cellist Don Pablo Casals. As a full time Associate Professor, Marco Pignataro designed the Conservatory jazz saxophone curriculum and collaborated extensively in the development of the first Bachelor Of Music in Jazz Performance and Caribbean Music. In San Juan, Marco is actively performing with his newly formed “Marco Pignataro Jazzet” presenting his music regularly in concerts at the Conservatory of Music, the Heineken Jazz Nights at the Marriott and monthly at the Carli’s Café Concierto in Old San Juan. Marcos’s Jazzet has also been featured in live performances on the WIPR-FM radio station and twice on Channel 6 in the TV show “Cultura Viva” where he also recently recorded live with the bassist legend Eddie Gomez. Amongst Marco’s latest musical activities, it is also worth mentioning his performances at the 2004 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival as special guest of the Ramon Vazquez Group, at the 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach as leader of the Jazz Faculty Ensemble of Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and at the 2005 Seminarios & Encuentros Jazz Festival, in Xalapa Mexico with Eddie Gomez and pianist Luis Marin.

Marco Pignataro is Founder and President of the first Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators in Puerto Rico, member of the Music Education National Conference and the North American Saxophone National Alliance.
Since the year 2001, Marco has been a contributing writer for the influential American magazine Jazz Improv. As a reviewer and columnist, Marco has also conducted interviews with artists such as Branford Marsalis, Gary Campbell, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón. Marco’s column, Style & Influence, is regularly featured in this outstanding quarterly magazine.
Marco’s Saxophone Set-up

Tenor Saxophone:
Keilwerth SX 90R, Black Nickel
Reeds: Alexander Superial D.C. #4 – Marca Reeds # 3.1/2
Mouthpiece: Vintage Selmer Soloist C* opened to .105
Rovner Evo-5 Ligature

Alto Sax:
Keilwerth SX 90R, Black Gold
Reeds: Vandoren (Blue Box) # 3
Mouthpiece: Selmer soloist D

Endorser for the Applied Microphone Technology wireless system
A native of Bologna, the charming and highly cultural university town in northern Italy, Marco Pignataro began his musical studies at the “Bruno Maderna” Conservatory of Music. At this fine classical institution, Marco majored in classical saxophone under the prestigious guidance of Maestro Gilberto Monetti, a celebrated recording classical saxophonist (Saxophone Journal, Vo.l 18, No.5). Just soon after Marco’s third year of study, Maestro Monetti invited the young saxophonist to be the new sax baritone player of his long-standing recording classical quartet, the “Nuovo Quartetto d’Ance”, and to give recitals in concert halls and music festivals all around Italy.

During this period, Marco’s passion for jazz brought him to begin studying jazz improvisation with Renato D’Aiello, one of the finest Italian jazz saxophonists, now a leading artist in the London jazz scene. Once again, Marco’s talent and verve assured him a chair in the D’Aiello Jazz Band “Echoes Of An Era” in less than a year, and exposed the gifted saxophonist to the lively jazz scene of the Italian peninsula with frequent concerts in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. During these early formative years, Pignataro also studied with saxophone legend Steve Grossman, toured West and East Berlin with the “Trento Jazz Project” and won prestigious awards like the Siena Jazz Seminar’s Outstanding Performer Scholarship under the patronage of Bruno Tommaso and Gianluigi Trovesi. Eventually, Pignataro landed more scholarship offers from the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Music, the Berklee College of Music and the prestigious University of Miami Jazz Program in Coral Gables, Florida.

After having completed the fifth year at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory, Marco accepted the offer from the University of Miami and moved to Miami in 1991 where he resided for the next 10 years. During his American journey, Marco Pignataro studied jazz saxophone, arranging and composition with the who’s who of the Miami jazz scene such as recording artists of the caliber of Gary Campbell, Ed Calle, Gary Keller, Ron Miller, Mike Orta and Vince Maggio, just to name a few. Upon graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, Marco received a full scholarship from the Florida International University where he studied with the widely renowned saxophonist Gary Campbell. Upon graduating in 2000 with a Master of Science in Music Education with Jazz Emphasis, Marco enrolled again for his second master and the completion of his M.M. in Jazz Performance is pending his final recital.

During his years as a first sax tenor chair of the FIU Jazz band, and the FIU First Jazz Combo, Marco shared the front stage and played solos with jazz greats like Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Paquito D’Rivera, Antonio Hart, Nestor Torres, Gary Campbell, Ed Calle, among others. During these prolific years, Pignataro was featured in numerous concerts such as the IAJE Jazz Conference in Chicago, the Hollywood Jazz Festival in Florida and in opening acts for artists such as Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson and Poncho Sanchez. Pignataro participated also in the recording of the FIU Jazz Band CD “Hot & Cool” where he played back to back with trumpet great Arturo Sandoval.

On his own efforts, Marco also freelanced as the leader of the “Sharp Four” Jazz Quartet and the “Miami Jazzet” with vibraphonist virtuoso Errol Rackipov, performing through out the greater Miami area in concert halls and jazz clubs like the Week Center Hall, Jazzid and Mo’Jazz. The legendary Mo’Jazz Club, a now defunct temple of the South Florida jazz scene, also featured Marco as a guest artist of its Young Lions Concert Series, with Tony Castellano leading the house band on piano. Marco’s well-rounded schooling and experience brought him to expand his activities to several areas beside jazz and classical music, just as touring South Florida, New York and Boston with the world-music recording group Zenglen, sailing to Mexico and Bahamas with the Leeward Show Band and performing with several Latin and Latin-jazz groups in the Miami/Orlando area.

Currently, Marco Pignataro teaches Jazz Saxophone and he is the Director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, the historic music Institution founded in 1959 by the illustrious Spanish cellist Don Pablo Casals. As a full time Associate Professor, Marco Pignataro designed the Conservatory jazz saxophone curriculum and collaborated extensively in the development of the first Bachelor Of Music in Jazz Performance and Caribbean Music. In San Juan, Marco is actively performing with his newly formed “Marco Pignataro Jazzet” presenting his music regularly in concerts at the Conservatory of Music, the Heineken Jazz Nights at the Marriott and monthly at the Carli’s Café Concierto in Old San Juan. Marcos’s Jazzet has also been featured in live performances on the WIPR-FM radio station and twice on Channel 6 in the TV show “Cultura Viva” where he also recently recorded live with the bassist legend Eddie Gomez. Amongst Marco’s latest musical activities, it is also worth mentioning his performances at the 2004 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival as special guest of the Ramon Vazquez Group, at the 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach as leader of the Jazz Faculty Ensemble of Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and at the 2005 Seminarios & Encuentros Jazz Festival, in Xalapa Mexico with Eddie Gomez and pianist Luis Marin.

Marco Pignataro is Founder and President of the first Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators in Puerto Rico, member of the Music Education National Conference and the North American Saxophone National Alliance.
Since the year 2001, Marco has been a contributing writer for the influential American magazine Jazz Improv. As a reviewer and columnist, Marco has also conducted interviews with artists such as Branford Marsalis, Gary Campbell, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón. Marco’s column, Style & Influence, is regularly featured in this outstanding quarterly magazine.
Marco’s Saxophone Set-up

Tenor Saxophone:
Keilwerth SX 90R, Black Nickel
Reeds: Alexander Superial D.C. #4 – Marca Reeds # 3.1/2
Mouthpiece: Vintage Selmer Soloist C* opened to .105
Rovner Evo-5 Ligature

Alto Sax:
Keilwerth SX 90R, Black Gold
Reeds: Vandoren (Blue Box) # 3
Mouthpiece: Selmer soloist D

Endorser for the Applied Microphone Technology wireless system

Website: www.marcopignataro.com