The star of Jazz in Italy since the early 70s (as also attests to the prestigious Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler), Maurizio Giammarco is an accomplished saxophone soloist, composer, arranger, and leader of historic groups: Lingomania ( considered the most representative band of the ’80s), the Parco Della Musica Jazz Orchestra (PMJO), big band residing at the Auditorium in Rome and he directed between 2005 and 2010.
His work for great organic has recently continued with three projects for the Sicilian Mediterranean Jazz Orchestra (Skies of Sicily, The Bach Open Project: Vie di Fuga, the Brazil by Maria Pia De Vito). Strong of a deep knowledge of all the historical jazz and of a long experience also in other musical fields (he was also part of the contemporary Ensemble of the Parco Della Musica), Giammarco boasts a style that is recognizable on the soloist level as a structure, the result of a synthesis personal of one’s own experience. He has played with many internationally renowned jazzmen (Chet Baker, Lester Bowie, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Miroslav Vitous, and many others), and with almost all the most important Italian musicians. Among his numerous musical projects, the Rundeep quartet (with Vic Juris, Jay Anderson, and Adam Nussbaum) has been documented on the recent CD Lights and Shades. Distinguished in the past also as a freelancer in records and tour of pop music, is currently also active in the field of education.
He has composed and arranged music for theater, dance, cinema, cd roms, symphony orchestra, and string orchestra. He is the author of a monograph on Sonny Rollins (1996) and a book of his compositions and transcriptions published by Carish (2012). He directed the review Termoli Jazz Podium from 2000 to 2006.
Leader: Lights & Shades (M.G. Rundeep, feat. V.Juris, J.Anderson, A.Nussbaum – PDM Rec, 2013) Electricity (Giammarco-Deidda-Arnold – PDM Records, 2012) Live alla Casa Del Jazz (M.G.4et con B.Stewart – L’Espresso, 2007) Live At The Big Mama (M.G., Liebman, Di Castri, Humair – Soul Note, 2002) “ 7”+8 (with Phil Markowitz – Night Bird, 2001) In Our Hands (Heart Quartet – Blue Note International, 1995) Inside (Heart Quartet – Soul Note, 1993) Saurian Lexicon (M.G. 4et & 5et – Gala, 1991) Hornithology (with P. Erskine, M. Johnson, D. Rea – Gala, 1988)
Orchestra Jazz del Mediterraneo: The Bach Open Project: Vie di Fuga (Anagliphos, 2012) Cieli di Sicilia (Anagliphos, 2011) PMJO: Open on Sunday (PMJO & M.G -PDM Records, 2011); Alla Casa Del Jazz (PMJO & M.G -L’Espresso, 2007) Electric Miles Directions (PMJO & M.G. feat. Mike Stern, PDM Records 2007) Megatones: Mega Meets Microtones (feat. D.Fiuczynski – Brave Art/Son,y 2005); Punkromatic (Brave Art/Sony, 2002) Lingomania: Camminando (Gala ,1989); Grr…Expanders (Gala, 1987); Riverberi (Gala, 1985)
Sideman: StrayHorns (Alessandro Fabbri 7et feat. M.Giammarco, R.Rossi-Caligola, 2012); Love Ballads (with Art Lande, Leveratto, Gatto – Red Records 1999); Song Tong (P.Damiani Ens. feat. Kenny Wheeler, Splash, 1995) 2nd Passage (with Tessarollo, Johnson, Vincent-V.Veneto Records, 1995); Soft Journey (Chet Baker meets Enrico Pieranunzi-1980/IDA).