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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: December 2, 1965

Italian saxophonist Marco Pignataro 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 Brackeen, Danilo Perez, George Garzone, John Patitucci , Kenwood Dennard, Rufus Reid, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Street, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Billy Drummond, Ray Vega, Oscar Stagnaro, Clark Terry and Jon Faddis, among others. Currently, Marco is a member of the Eddie Gomez Quintet and leader of the Marco Pignataro Jazzet. The Eddie Gomez Quintet just released the CD “Per Sempre” (BMF) receiving outstanding reviews from the press. ...
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”Produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez, “Sofia's Heart” is an intimate musical diary recorded with a stellar group including Eddie Gomez and Billy Drummond. It features Pignataro's lyrical jazz conception with roots in ECM Impressionism and modern jazz” (CD Baby)

“With “Sofia's Heart” Marco gives us a vehicle to drop our defenses and feel all the joy and pain we normally suppress. One could not ask for more.” -Kenny Werner

“ Marco crafts melodies and plays the kind of fluid, beautiful lines that make you want to laugh and cry . “Sofia's Heart” is so pretty it hurts.” -Steve Greenlee (Boston Globe)

“Marco's debut disc Sofia's Heart is post bop with a smidgen of free jazz, (mostly) original tunes with haunting soulfulness and an almost folk-like simplicity.” -Mark Karesman (Jazz Inside Magazine)

“....hauntingly gorgeous new album..” - Robert Sutton (Jazz Corner)

“The attention to details, melody and beauty are the pillars of Marco Pignataro’s debut CD” - Rafael Vega Curry (El Nuevo Dia)

“The album as a whole is a work of art, one that reaches into the deepest recesses of the soul.”(All About Jazz)

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