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* November 12, 1923   † June 16, 2009

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Echo Jazz 2010

The jury of the ECHO Jazz Awards decided to posthumously award a special prize to Charlie Mariano for his live recording, The Great Concert, with pianist Jasper van't Hof and guitarist Philip Catherine.
The prize will be awarded on a special event — which will be organized for the jazz category for the first time — on May 5, 2010 at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, Germany.

"Eine Sternstunde zeitloser Schönheit, melodietrunkener Kommunikation, weiser Lebensfreude, leisen Humors, vitaler Frische, magischer Intuition!" - Jazzzeitung

"Reine, unteilbare Musik... Welch ein Mensch, welch ein Vermächtnis!" - Tonart

"Schlicht hinreißend." - Stereoplay

Chaouki Smahi released La Rose du Sable, Charlie Mariano's last studio recording from January 2009 with Billy Cobham and friends.

Dirk Sommer, who - together with his wife Birgit Hammer-Sommer - runs the small but nice label sommelier du son, specialized in analog recording, is going to release Charlie Mariano's last duo concert with bassist Dieter Ilg. The album, titled Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, will be released as a limited edition (1,000 items) on LP only.

WDR 3 and Stadtgarten organize the WDR 3 09 with concerts at the WDR Funkhaus Köln and the Stadtgarten Köln from October 29th to November 1st, 2009. → program

Among some other great acts there will be two concerts as a ...

Tribute to Charlie Mariano

on Sunday, November 1st, 2009:

  • 11:00 a.m. at Stadtgarten / Konzertsaal
    • Discussion Concert, moderated by Peter Schulze, with reeds player Heiner Wiberny and guitarist Paul Shigihara (the latter — member of the WDR Big Band — performed and recorded with Charlie Mariano)

  • 8:00 p.m. at Stadtgarten / Konzertsaal
    • Matthias Schriefl Shreefpunk
      Matthias Schriefl (tp), Johannes Behr (g), Matthias Nowak (b), Jens Düppe (d), featuring saxophonist Denis Gäbel & percussionist Ramesh Shotham
    • Sadaka
      Chaouki Smahi (oud)
    • The European Jazz Trio
      Gerd Dudek (sax), Rob van den Broeck (p), Ali Haurand (b), featuring trumpeter Manfred Schoof
    • KCP4
      R.A.Ramamani (voc), Mike Herting (p), T.A.S.Mani (perc), Ramesh Shotham (perc)

WDR 3 radio will be on air for ten hours from Saturday night 8:05 p.m. until Sunday morning 6:00 a.m. broadcasting the concerts recorded from Thursday to Saturday.

In October of 2009 there will be two memorial concerts for Charlie Mariano in Germany.

  • 27th: Grillo Theater, Essen, w/ Bobby Stern (saxophone), Philip Catherine (guitar), Jasper van’t Hof (keyboards), Dieter Ilg (bass), Aldo Romano (drums)

  • 28th: Theaterhaus, Stuttgart
    • Memorial Band: Bobby Stern (saxophone), Philip Catherine (guitar), Jasper van’t Hof (keyboards), Dieter Ilg (bass), Aldo Romano (drums)
    • Karnataka College of Percussion: R.A. Ramamani (vocals), Mike Herting (piano), T.A.S. Mani (percussion), Ramesh Shotham (percussion)
    • Stuttgart Jazz Orchestra feat. Wolfgang Dauner plays the Music of Charlie Mariano
    • Chaouki Smahi (oud)

Enja will release Charlie Mariano's reunion concert with Philip Catherine and Jasper van't Hof (see below) on September 25, 2009.

Charlie Mariano With Philip Catherine & Jasper van't Hof: The Great Concert

Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri announces the release of a recording with Charlie Mariano answering the "Take Five With..." questionnaire @ All About Jazz.

Mike Mainieri played a duo concert with Charlie Mariano on the occasion of the 15th Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally on June 27, 2004.

© Susan Webster & Arno Winkelmann
Copyright © Susan Webster & Arno Winkelmann

Arno Winkelmann noted someone recording this concert. If you - reading this - happen to be the person who recorded the duo, please contact me. Mike Mainieri would love to get the tape, as he remembers this concert as a "magical night."

Mike Mainieri recollects: "I was saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. I had talked to him about two weeks before he left us about his health as I was planning to travel to Europe in the fall and wanted to visit him.
I mentioned that I was going to release the trio album we did and he was happy to hear that news. It was a tribute to John Coltrane. I had talked to Arno
[Winkelmann] several times about getting a tape of the duo concert we did, which was extraordinary as he saw someone recording it. But for some reason he couldn't locate that person. That was a magical concert and would have made a beautiful recording.
Because of that magical night as a duo, we decided to record a year later but with a trio
[with bassist Dieter Ilg]. I had injured my hand (caught it in the door on the train on my way to Köln for the recording), I was reluctant to put the CD out as I had to use a different mallet grip in my right hand due to the injury. So we had talked about recording more tracks although there were also some magical moments with the trio also but due to our schedules and Charlies battle with cancer, we never did get a second chance at playing again.
The songs I chose for the recording were some 'Trane originals but mostly standards that 'Trane played of various albums. The title will be "Body and Soul"."

Chaouki Smahi is working on the release of Charlie Mariano's last recording session with Billy Cobham, Mike Herting, Heiri Känzig, Paul Shigihara, Chaouki & Yahia Smahi and Bobby Stern.
This was Charlie Mariano's first encounter with Billy Cobham who accepted Chaouki Smahi's invitation and came to Cologne to play with Charlie.

Lee Konitz & Charlie Mariano © Johannes Schenk

Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano
Picture taken on May 17, 2009, at Charlie Mariano's home in Cologne.
Copyright © Johannes Schenk

Charlie Mariano   * November 12, 1923   † June 16, 2009

Charlie Mariano died peacefully in his sleep this morning, June 16, 2009.
He had been in a hospital again in February, and he could no longer burden the stress of the medical treatment.
He spent his last days at the Mildred Scheel Hospiz in Cologne, Germany, accompanied by his wife Dorothée and two of his daughters, Cynthia and Zana.
The cremation will occur tomorrow and his ashes will be sent to Boston, where he will be entombed at the family grave.

Thanks for the wonderful music you left to us.
Rest in peace, Charlie.

  • September: Charlie Mariano can be seen live on two concerts in September.
  • July: Charlie Mariano will be in the studio again by the end of July. He'll record with pianist Jasper van't Hof and guitarist Philip Catherine. The album will be released by Enja Records. After the great reunion concert (see below) one can expect another fine recording of the Pork Pie alumni.
  • Friday, May 2, 2008
    First performance of Charlie Mariano after several months of medical treatment. This concert at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart, Germany, truly is some very special event. Charlie Mariano, guitarist Philip Catherine from Belgium, and pianist Jasper van't Hof from the Netherlands re-unite for the first time after circa 40 years as Jasper recollects. Werner Schretzmeier, founder and director of the Theaterhaus, searched his files and reminded the audience of the fact that this was Charlie Mariano's 28th appearance at this venue which had been founded in 1985. Charlie Mariano is still weak from illness and medication. So he has to take a short nap backstage after the rehearsal, and he has to sit on a chair during the concert. But his unique sound on the alto saxophone still fills the biggest hall (1,011 seats, which are sold out on that evening) of the Theaterhaus. His sound is haunting as ever when playing ballads, and it's attacking and biting at other moments reminding of his famous recording with Charles Mingus: The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady, as Jasper van't Hof remarks in a conversation after the concert. They play a seventy minutes set plus an encore that evening. Jasper, Charlie, and Philip apparently enjoyed playing a bunch of original compositions they all are familiar with. The audience not only enjoyed the music — most listeners were familiar with, too — but also had the pleasure to watch three musicians who obviously enjoyed playing together again a lot. After the set Charlie met some friends at the restaurant for a little snack and a drink. I took some pictures after the encore and at the following get-together.

  • Thursday, February 28, 2008
    First personal encounter with Charlie Mariano at his home in Cologne.
    Charlie Mariano is still fighting cancer, and has to undergo another chemo therapy. He is in a surprisingly good condition — given his serious illness — and he radiates some cautious optimism to be able to perform again in the near future. He has even started to practice again.
    Charlie Mariano and his wife Dorothee give me a warm welcome which makes me feel like a friend rather than a guest from the very first moment.
    Charlie Mariano is a friendly, humble, talkative, humorous person.
    We agree on doing some lengthy interviews to talk about all those things which happened after the publishing of Lothar Lewien's biography in 1993.

  • Thursday, November 22, 2007
    Rondo has published a completely revised site recently. Hence all links to reviews for Rondo don't work any longer. I'll try to get the links fixed as soon as Rondo has re-built the database or I'll try to get the permission to reprint the reviews on this site.

  • Monday, November 12, 2007
    Charlie Mariano celebrates his 84th birthday.

  • Sunday, November 11, 2007
    Drummer Klaus Suonsaari from Finland announces a new trio album recorded on February 3, 2007 at Topaz Audio Studio, Cologne, Germany with Charlie Mariano and bassist Julian F. Thayer.

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