What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Pino Marrone

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature Argentinean jazz guitarist Pino Marrone. Pino is a very fine jazz guitar player and his new CD is a winner. I love the tracks I have heard and highly recommend everyone go to his website and check him out.

Online Bio

Pino started playing guitar very young in his native Argentina inspired by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery and Ravi Shankar. His expressive playing acquired thousands of fans throughout South America as a member of the ground breaking prog-rock group Crucis.

In the late seventies he moved to Los Angeles and made it his home for most of the next two decades. There he studied jazz extensively, his main teachers having being Joe Diorio and chord-melody master Ted Greene. Diorio, with whom he explored the deepest & freest aspects of jazz improvisation, became his mentor, which led to numerous dates in both the U.S. and South America performing as a duo.

In California, Pino played and recorded with musicians such as Dianne Reeves, Joe Farrell, Kenny Kirkland, John Patitucci, Bob Magnusson, John Pisano, Herb Alpert, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and many others.

Although for the last 20 years Pino´s main focus has been jazz, his eclectic taste and wide interests which include East Indian and Western Classical music, have led him to diverse and exciting musical situations.

His duo guitar album, Metropolis, with composer Daniel Goldberg, which featured mostly acoustic guitars and ethnic percussion was pre-nominated for a Grammy in the Jazz Category 1986.

Some of his work throughout the years includes co-writing and performing music for the Mark Frost/David Lynch FOX TV Series AMERICAN CHRONICLES.

At the moment, most of his time is spent in Buenos Aires. Some of the most exciting musical experiences of the last decade include performing contemporary classical music on electric guitar at the world famous Teatro Colon Opera House as part of an IRCAM (Paris based institute for experimental sound and avant garde electro-acoustical art music) project consisting on a 16 piece chamber group and electronics playing live to Fritz Lang´s 1926 silent film, 'Metropolis´.

During the last few years Pino has also been been touring as guitarist & musical director for Argentine singer-songwriter Gabriela exploring the endless possibilities of her multi-faceted music with an ever-evolving constellation of musicians such as bassist Viktor Krauss, Abe Laboriel, violinists Jesse Zubot, Christine Brebes and many others performing at venues like the Montreal International Jazz Festival among other prestigious North American stages.

A clinician and former instructor at G.I.T. ( Guitar Institute of Technology/ Musician's Institute), Grove School of Music & Jazzmasters Workshops in California, Marrone has also been writing instructional articles on jazz guitar for GUITAR PLAYER magazine for over a decade.

His latest CD, UNDER THE INFLUENCE , features the music of J.Coltrane, T.Monk, B.Strayhorne, A.Scriabin and others in a variety of trios, duos and solos with Joe Diorio, John Pisano, Bob Magnusson, Putter Smith and Dick Weller.

Pino is currently living in Argentina and divides his time between his homeland and North America where he still often plays and teaches.

You can see and hear some of Pino´s lessons for Guitar Player Magazine at: www.guitarplayer.com

"Pino is unique, he knows where the truth lies in music, he is conscious of the dimension where everything is perfect and always strives in that direction."- Joe Diorio

"Pino plays the guitar marvelously! Great looseness and freedom...the way I would like to play." - Jim Hall

Pino Marrone's webiste:


Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com, where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar' columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc now endorses Peerless Guitars and has the website Jazz Guitar Zone to help promote Peerless jazz guitars in the US. He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!)

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