Maurizio Giammarco

In the early 1970s he studied in Italy with Gino Marinuzzi, Giorgio Gaslini, in the US at Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio and in New York with Joe Allard. Beginning in 1976 he founded and directed several groups, the best known of which, Lingomania (Founded 1984) won in the 1984, 1985, 1987 Musica Jazz referendums and the 1988 and 1989 Guitar Club referendums as the best Italian group.

The group featured several musicians who later became leading figures on the Italian jazz scene: Umberto Fiorentino (guitar), Enzo Pietropaoli and Furio Di Castri (bass), Danilo Rea and Stefano Sabatini (keyboards), Roberto Gatto (drums), and Flavio Boltro (trumpet). A “reunion” of the group in 2017-18 produced the CD “Lingosphere.”

In 1981 he was voted best Italian saxophonist in Fare Musica magazine’s referendum, and in 1984 he won the Rai1 jazz musician of the year award. Notable national and international collaborations see him alongside such names as Chet Baker, Billy Cobham, Peter Erskine, Giorgio Gaslini, Lester Bowie, Enrico Pieranunzi, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Giovanni Tommaso, Miroslav Vitous, Aldo Romano, Steve Lacy, Danny Gottlieb, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Marc Johnson, and many others.

Other important groups have been the Heart Quartet (1996-98), the Megatones (from 2000 onward: a kind of evolution of the historic Lingomania), Tricycles (a trio with John B.Arnold and Dario Deidda) and Syncotribe (in both trio and quintet versions) currently active.

From 2005 to 2010 Giammarco conducted the PMJO (Parco della Musica Jazz Orchestra), big band of the Rome Auditorium, in more than 100 concerts in Italy and abroad. The orchestra has developed numerous original projects and has collaborated with important names such as: Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Martial Solal, Kenny Wheeler, Uri Caine, Maria Schneider, Karl Berger, Mike Gibbs, Frank Tibbs, Frank Tiberi, George Lewis, Michael Portal, Riccardo Del Fra, Franco and Dino Piana, Marcello Rosa, Bruno Tommaso, Paolo Damiani, Marco Tiso, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Mike Stern, David Fiuczynski, Nuen Lee, Antonio Iasevoli, Javier Girotto, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irene Grandi, Rosalia De Sousa, Maria Pia De Vito, Alan Farrington, Maurizio Rota.

Giammarco has distinguished himself as a freelancer on pop music records and tours (Mina, Mia Martini, Fiorella Mannoia, Riccardo Cocciante, Antonello Venditti, Francesco De Gregori, Tiziana Rivale), and has composed music for film, theater, dance, CD roms, symphony orchestra, and string orchestra. He authored a monograph on Sonny Rollins (1996) and directed the Termoli Jazz Podium festival (2000-2006).

His discography boasts over 100 titles including many as a leader.