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Diane Marino

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 20    

Diane Marino

When you combine an accomplished vocalist, an accomplished pianist, and accomplished arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino. M&M Records Recording Artist Diane Marino has recorded, performed, and shared the stage with jazz legends Houston Person, Joe Henderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Pete Escovedo, Tania Maria, Kirk Whalum, pop music icon Felix Cavaliere and more. Diane has performed at Vitello’s Jazz Club - L.A., Bethesda Blues & Jazz - D.C.,Blues Alley-D.C., Le Cirque Café – NYC, Trumpets Jazz Club in NJ, The Metropolitan Room-NYC,Montreux Atlanta Festival, The Mezz-Charleston, SC, Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Culture Center- Charleston WVA,Town Point Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz & Heritage Festival, WorkPlay Theatre, BayFest, Jazz n’ June Huntsville, Minnetrista Cultural Center Jazz Series,Churchill Grounds Atlanta, Riverfest, Jazz In The Valley, Music Midtown, Bowling Green International Festival, The Jazz Factory, HarborFest, Main Street Jazz Festival, City Stages, Three Rivers Music Festival, Jazz Junction, Bele Chere Music Festival, Franklin Jazz Festival, Summer Lights Music Festival, Celebration of The Arts USCS, and more. “Loads of Love” (2013) is the recent CD release by pianist/vocalist Diane Marino, features legendary saxophonist Houston Person who also produced the CD. Timeless vocal standards from the Great American Songbook, arranged by Diane Marino. “Loads of Love” is Diane Marino’s fifth album, all on the M&M label. Houston Person, appears as a guest artist on the tenor sax, and more important, has lent a creative direction as producer of the album. But equally important here, as a producer he has a sweepingly broad knowledge of the American popular songbook, and an approach that focuses on the melody. This approach combines neatly with Diane Marino’s sensibilities and they’ve known each other for several years and collaborated before. On this album, they join together to explore the ballads and blues. These aspects of jazz inform the best sides of Diane’s interpretations of these standards, with her own arrangements that puts an individual spin on the chestnuts. Sid Gribetz - WKCR-FM NYC Diane’s CD, “From The Heart” (2011) clearly defines the artist. An eclectic blend of Vocal and Instrumental Mainstream, Brazilian and Latin Jazz.... Creative and refreshing arrangements...along with stellar performances by all. A definitive collection of favorite tracks – from Diane’s 3 previous CD’s. Critically acclaimed, ‘Just Groovin’ (2008) is a stellar collection featuring twelve wonderful re-interpretations of pop standards from the sixties. “These are not copies of other versions. Diane's fantastic voice and arranging is a breath of fresh air for these tunes, reminding us once again that a great song can be interpreted in any number of styles”… Bob Perry – The Penthouse Radio. Diane’s CD ‘On the Street Where You Live’ (2004), also received national and international acclaim and proves once again that Diane is a natural whether playing, singing, or both. Diane’s debut CD ‘A Sleepin’ Bee’ (2003) This CD offers a wide array of vocal and instrumental traditional jazz standards, Latin jazz, and Brazilian jazz (sung in Portuguese) and received national and international acclaim, extensive radio airplay and rave reviews. Singer/pianist Diane Marino was born in Manhattan, NYC. She received her early piano training of classical studies and improvisation from the age of 10. Diane was accepted on NYC’S ‘Famed’ High School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major. She later attended and graduated from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia. ...
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Awards

Coffee Talk Jazz Radio Jazz Vocalist of the Year -2011
”The collaboration of Marino & Person for “Loads of Love” is a winning combination and a step in the right direction for traditional jazz. A gorgeous collection of blues-influenced ballads and love songs.” Eric Harabadian- Jazz Inside Magazine May 3,2013

Anytime you combine terrific vocal performances with outstanding arrangements, you’re gonna get what you have here. “Loads of Love” - A slam-dunk winner! Paul Richards Program Director, WHLI, NYC April 25, 2013

“Diane Marino is an unusually unique talent… great pianist, vocalist and arranger”- Les Davis-Real Jazz-Sirius/XM Radio

“The singing and musicianship are outstanding” Bob Collins – WRHU Jazz producer, Hofstra University. L.I. NY May 27, 2013

“Marino is a confident pianist and singer who is equally at home with ballads and rhythm tunes. If the results on this disc are indicative of the quality of her prior efforts, I plan on checking them out soon”. Jersey Jazz Journal

“Loads of Love”-Diane Marino possesses impeccable phrasing, her voice has beautiful colors and tones and the new arrangements are lush without detracting from yet another wonderful recording from a truly magnificent vocalist and pianist”… Joe Montague- Riveting Riffs Magazine April 17, 2013

“Diane Marino: A top notch vocalist who’s styling, phrasing and interpretations are definite fortes! One of the best on the contemporary scene.” “Cafe Jazz” Ted Hasiuk, Host & Producer, Café Jazz August 25, 2011

“Loads of Love”… Let me say you have another winner. Excellent mix. the whole CD is superb. I’m in love with “It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dream”. Houston’s Sax and your voice is melting, better then Sarah Vaughan or Dinah Washington’s versions!” Sal Calfa – Le Jazz Affair April 14, 2013

As a jazz vocalist/pianist, performer and arranger Diane commands the stage and pulls the audiences right in. She is extraordinaire! Bridgette Y. Lewis - Executive Producer Coffee Talk Jazz Radio - September 13, 2011

“Diane Marino gives a new and exciting twist to some venerable standards and deftly performs a few relatively rare tunes”… - John Gilbert, Jazz Review

“Loads of Love” -A killer set for when you’re in the mood for some sophistication with bounce, this is first class, solid, adult listening that connects. Well done.” MIDWEST RECORD / CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher April 12, 2013

Diane Marino “Loads of Love”… And joy, and happiness, and skills, and variation… and so this can be the shortest review of a CD, but a wonderful CD and an asset to everyone’s collection… Joost van Steen, host/producer Jazz & Blues Tour with Alphen Stad FM/TV The Netherlands April 2, 2013

“All 12 songs (Just Groovin’) are catchy tunes made decidedly more interesting by the bluesy Marino and an assortment of first-rate guests.” - Christopher Louden, Jazz Times

“Diane Marino’s new album JUST GROOVIN’ is an absolute show- stopper! classy, top-drawer stuff. I highly recommend it!” - Scott O'Brien, Smoothjazz.com

“Just Groovin” is a real head turner. Ms. Marino mixes the right amount of commercial appeal with an inviting splash of jazz and soulful playing for the curious ear. Thanks for dusting and polishing these classics into your great interpretations. “ - Bruce Pulver, Jazz Review

“Singer/pianist Diane Marino combines sophisticated solos and elegant, expressive vocals in a distinctive and exciting fashion. She also exceeds in another related arena: Brazilian music. Her CD's blend standards with outstanding versions of bossa nova and samba, sung in Portuguese. “ - Ron Wynn, The City Paper, Nashville TN

“Great variety, Jazz to the max! “ - Joost van Steen/Jazz&Blues Tour Radio Show, Alphen Stad FM/The Netherlands

“Diane Marino sings with clarity and a pleasing ease of expression on the attractive material chosen for her recommended new jazz album, Just Groovin'. She's a class act. “ - Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Critic, Downbeat

“On The Street Where You Live” Ms. Marino approaches these eleven songs direct and straight forward. She offers the essentials of the tunes, and gives them true interpretations. There is also infinite charm in Ms. Marino’s piano work. “ - Johnny Adams (All That Jazz), THE MONTERREY COUNTY POST

“It’s fabulous… My prediction? “Just Groovin’” is one of the strongest vocal releases of 2008. “ - Dr. Mike Metheny, Radio IO

“Talented Jazz vocalist Diane Marino grooves on “Groovin” with support from Felix Cavaliere, who wrote the classic‘60’s hit. Marino has the pipes, and the record’s arrangement, production and instrumentation shine. “ - Carol Archer, Smooth Jazz Editor, R&R (Oct 27, 2008)

“On The Street Where You Live” “Diane Marino gives a new and exciting twist to some venerable standards and deftly performs a few relatively rare tunes”…“A Sleepin' Bee”- ”Jazz in its purist form.” - John Gilbert, Jazz Review

“A Sleepin' Bee” A plus for the Jazz world..very impressive. You are real Jazz. - J. Otis Williams/KSDS Jazz 88/San Diego Cal

“Just Groovin” “brilliant re-interpretations of pop standards...” “some of these classic, chart-topping hits might just find their way back to the Billboard Hot 100” ”Diane's duet with Felix Cavaliere singing his signature Rascals tune “Groovin'' -is perfect! - Bob Perry, The Penthouse Radio, NYC

“ A true diva; superb singer and pianist.A swinging Bossa Nova singer , very appealing voice. “ - Joao da Penha, Brazil Jazz Radio Host, Journalist

“Every one of the selections on “Just Groovin” can stand completely on their own as great pieces of music. But as a whole, the album becomes bigger than life”... “Beautiful vocals and out of this world arrangements and orchestrations”... Utterly enjoyable from start to finish”... “ - Paul Richards, P.D., WHLI Radio NYC

““A Sleepin’ Bee” is the most wonderful CD I’ve received this year. The Portuguese tracks are soft and wonderful. Excellent work from a wonderful vocalist and quartet. “ - Rafel Corbi/Radio RPEM/Spain

  • On The Street Where You Live

    M&M Records
    2004

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