Born: January 2, 1931 Primary Instrument: Accordion
Frank Marocco was born in Joliet, Illinois USA 1/2/31. He studied classical Accordion for 9 years in The Chicago area. Frank Marocco also studied clarinet, Piano, Harmony & Theory. Began his professional career playing in clubs and hotels all over America with a Trio he organized at age 18. Jazz was his first Love but the opportunity to make a living playing Jazz was not easy and he eventually made his way west to Los Angeles where he worked as a session studio Musician becoming one of the most recorded Accordionists in the world playing on hundreds of Movie soundtracks, TV shows and record dates. He has recorded film music with a long list of composers; John Williams, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michele Le Grand, Henry Mancini and dozens of others. Frank Marocco has also played with some of the best Jazz Musicians in America and Europe; Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Zoot Sims, Joe Pass, Joey Baron, Herb Ellis, Ray Pizzi, Ivor Malherbe, Massimo Tagliata, Conti Candoli, Philippe Cornaz, John Pattatucchi, Mats Vinding, Mogens Baekgaard Andersen, Marcel Papaux, Angela Hagenbach, Ron Feuer, Richard Galliano, Peter Erskine, Klaus Paier, Renzo Ruggieri, Pete Christlieb, Larry Koonse, Simone Zanchini, Andy Simpkins, Bob Shepard, Frank Rossolino, Jim Hall, Abraham Laboriel, Dan Higgin, Grant Geissman, Luis Conte and Stix Hooper just to name a few. His passion is Jazz and in recent years has been playing concerts in Europe, Japan and Brazil.
Marocco is soft-spoken. His manner is unassuming. But he becomes almost fervent when he expresses his personal philosophy about being a musician. He says: Although I've made a comfortable living, my primary goal has never been to make a lot of money. It has been to be the best I could possibly be. This takes integrity, hard work, and dedication. You must have respect for what you do. Written by Peggy Milne
Awards:.R.A.S. most valuable Player Award-1985 and 1986.*** Honored and received the "Golden Reed" Award-1994 in Castelfidardo, Italy.*** Inducted into the Accordion Hall of Fame Museum in Vicenza, Italy May, 2000.*** Received the presitgous "Lifetime Achievement Award" by The American Accordionists' Association - June 4, 2006*** June 2nd Concert Pix*** June 3rd gathering Pix*** June 4th Award Banquet Pix*** More Banquet Pix*** Even More Banquet Pix***
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Lessons: General using of the accordion in the various Jazz Stiles How to use the left and right hand of the accordion for harmonics and rhythms The Advanced techniques in the using of the standard bass (stradella) for the combination of Jazz Chords and harmonies. How to accompany other jazz players and solutions for different formations. In the world of accordion performance, Frank Marocco is a giant. Not only for his mastery of the instrument itself, but for his highly developed musicality. In any style, on the concert stage or in the recording studio, his playing is technically brilliant and musically superb. Frank Marocco is one of the most recorded accordionist in America (and, possibly, the world), having played on a vast number of movie soundtracks, television scores, commercial jingles and record albums, in the studios of Hollywood and beyond. He has recorded for and/or worked with artists ranging from Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd and Madonna to Luciano Pavarotti, conductor Maxim Shostakovich and composer John Williams. He was nominated eight years in a row for the Most Valuable Player Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S) and received that award twice. Frank is also a consummate jazz artist and a gifted composer with several of his own albums to his credit. He has played his music for audiences all over the world. For Informations: Veneto Jazz - Tel. +39 0423 452069 firstname.lastname@example.org www.venetojazz.com