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Easter Jazz - Apr 12th


To celebrate this Easter, world-renowned saxophone player and co-director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Marco Pignataro will treat an exclusively online audience with an Easter Jazz special concert.



Some highlights from the Easter Jazz concert by Marco Pignataro

Below, a video preview for the upcoming April 24th single release of Marco Pignataro’s composition ‘Farfallina’ (Little Butterfly), featuring the superb singer Luciana Souza giving life so beautifully to the melody and lyrics and conveying such an emotional interpretation, together with the brilliant support of maestro Kenny Werner on piano and the very talented Berklee Global Jazz Institute students Giorgio Albanese on accordion, Eli Heat on bass, Tyson Jackson on drums and Marco on tenor saxophone. Sound Engineer, Mark Wessel. Cover art by Dalia Koler. Music & Lyrics by Marco Pignataro
Marco Pignataro live concert flyer.


Bio: Marco Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophone player, composer and educator from Bologna, Italy. Together with Danilo Perez, Marco currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the world premiere jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Marco has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in jazz festivals and international music venues, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, JoAnne Brakeen, Rufus Reid, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, and Jon Faddis, among others. His debut CD, Sofia’s Heart, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro’s compositions and arrangements. His latest release “Almas Antiguas “(Zoho Music) received 4&1/2 stars and was selected as one of the best album of 2019 by Downbeat; “Almas Antiguas “ was also featured on CNN en Espanol and Jazz@Linclon Center. His song ‘Letter to My Son” was finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. As a side man, Marco also appears in the critically acclaimed CD Per Sempre by the Eddie Gomez Quintet and many others . Together with Danilo Perez, Marco currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the world premiere jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Marco Pignataro was the director and cofounder of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and was the chair of the Jazz Saxophone Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. As a dedicated music educator, Marco also participated as Board Member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), as the President and founder of the IAJE Chapter of Puerto Rico, and as a faculty in the University of Veracruz International Summer Jazz Seminars. Marco’s column, Style & Influence, was regularly featured in the quarterly magazine Jazz Improv. Pignataro is a D’addario Woodwind performing artist, and endorser for Mauriat & Lupifaro saxophones and for the Applied Microphone Technology. 




More music by Marco Pignataro on his youtube channel.




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