Diego Maroto

Diego Maroto was born in Mexico City  on May 9th of 1968. In 1985 he started to take private lessons to play the saxophone from teachers Larry Roussell and Alfonso Martínez. From 1987 to 1988 he studied art history at the Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1988 he joined the jazz worksop at the Escuela Superior de Música (INBA), where he was taught improvisation, arrangement and composition by Francisco Tellez. He then continued with private lessons from Danny Matusack (New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass.) and from Darryl Winsman (A well known sax player from the california scene). From 1990 to 1992 he studied with Cristobal López in his improvisation workshop. In 1991, Diego became an active member of IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) and participated during three consecutive years in IAJE conventions in Miami, San Antonio and Boston. during this time he also participated in  worksops and courses of artists such as David Liebman Ernie Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Brian bromberg, David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake (With whom he studied a course in specialized ear training), Mike Campbell, Bill Dobbins, Andy Laverne, Don Sickler and Chris Vandala. Diego has been a part  of recordings and projects by the most outstanding mexican jazz musicians like Eugenio toussaint, Agustin Bernal, Enrique Neri, Fernando toussaint, Cristobal López, Chilo Moran, Miguel Salas, Francisco Téllez, Iraida Noriega, Big Band Arte 01, La Casa de Agua, Waldo Madera, Línea Tres, Omar Arán and Roberto Aymés, amongst others.  Along with his rising carrier as an important representative of jazz in Mexico, Diego has performed with great success on some of the most distinguished venues in Mexico and abroad with some of the most outstanding latin american artists, comprising styles that range from rock (Caifanes, Santa Sabina, L Maldita Vecindad, La Lupita, Miguel Ríos, etc.), pop (Paulina Rubio, Benny, Lucero, Emanuelle, gloria Trevi, etc.) and Afroantillian music (Willie Colón, Jerry Rivera, etc.) In the first part of the year 2004, Diego recorded his first solo album named MUNDO PARALELO in which he is accompanied of an incredible group of mexican musicians like the legendary Eugenio Toussaint

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DIEGO MAROTO IN NEW YORK (Richard Blondet 22-Nov-04)

Todd Barkan was doing his impression of Linda Blair in the “Exorcist” as his head was spinning out of control at the way these cats just Jazz waltz'd their way into Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and blew EVERYONE away with their musical interpretation of Jazz music.

Last night was the 5th installment of a week long series that began on Tuesday @ Dizzy's which played host to the MEXICO NOW festival that was taking place in New York for the past 2 weeks which have featured events all over the city. At Dizzy's, New York audiences were treated to a double bill of drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez and his various groups (Trio, Quartet & Quintet) and the New York City debut of DIEGO MAROTO and his Sextet.

I was expecting perhaps a battle of the bands between Antonio Sanchez group whom last night featured Ben Street (bass), Adam Rogers (guitar) and Donny McCaslin (sax) versus Diego's sextet

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