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Tony Marino?

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by bassgeek, Nov 23, 2003.

  1. bassgeek

    bassgeek Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    Hey everybody,

    Does anyone know anything about the bassist, Tony Marino? I saw him last night with Dave Liebman's group and he was killing. He played an equal amount of electric upright as acoustic upright, often playing the electric through some effects. I was just curious if anyone knew of his playing in other situations besides Liebman's group.
  2. bad dog

    bad dog

    May 7, 2002
    Jim Thorpe, Pa.
    It's nice to see someone mention Tony's playing. He's a great player who definitely deserves wider recognition. He's able to get way inside the music and lays a DEEP groove in any music he's involved in.

    I've had the good fortune to get to know him well over the last 10 yrs., after studying with him for a couple of years. Lessons with him were a whole day affair of hanging out playing and talking music, with a nice meal in there somewhere (he's a damn good cook too).

    His playing with Liebman is on a really high level, considering the challenge of dealing w/ Lieb's harmonic and rhythmic conception where alot of the tunes have altered/stacked chords, and are in odd time or have odd-time sections. A bunch a composed-through stuff to keep on track of too.

    He's played with some other greats of this region of Pa. like Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin. He's spent the last 10 yrs as Liebman's bass player.

    I guess the best thing I could say about him is that as great of a musician that he is, he's a better person, very humble and all about the music.
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  3. edge83


    Apr 12, 2004
    Astoria New York
    Amen- that band made me want to play jazz, and I've seen Tony so many times over the years as I grew up close to the Deerhead Inn and the annual COTA jazz festival just next to it. he does it all incredibly well- it's almost hilarious at that festival.. as though playing Liebman's music isn't enough, he'll destroy several big band charts, play some beautiful arco at some point, then play electric with another group.. grooving incredibly hard, slapping, etc.. you name it. He can go completely modern and out or bebop through several choruses on either axe.. and yes the nicest guy in the world.
    Tony Seel likes this.
  4. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Quincy, MA
    Seriously great bass player! He is a great arco player, too. The only youtube with arco has his back to the camera. This is good, he has some great recordings with Liebman on Hatology and Emanem:
  5. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    I've known Tony since he started playing with Asparagus Sunshine, an early jazz/rock group, at Ed Joubert's, The Bottom Fox in DWG under the guidance of pianist Wolfgang Knittel. The group later expanded to a 13 piece big band- JARO, of which my wife, Judy Lincoln, has been the vocalist since the start, around thirty years. I don't want to repeat myself, I've written about Tony several times on TB, but I was talking with Bobby Avey's ( Liebman's new pianist) step-father last week, and he said that the band is now in Thailand. Tony and Leibman are the only "old guys" left from the old group. Avey, a drummer and a sax player, two youngsters whom I don't know, now make up the new group.
  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Hey bad dog, couldn't help but notice where you're from. Do you know Rudy Petschauer?
  7. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    great player and really versatile. Think he plays around the Stroudsberg PA area and the Deerhead a lot. A quartet he was playing in followed a trio I was in last Christmas and I got to hear him and meet him. Serious cat
  8. Tony Seel

    Tony Seel

    Apr 20, 2017
    He just played at Binghamton University earlier this afternoon with John Yao(trombone and composer), Mike Carbone (soprano sax), Dave Solazzo (piano), and Tyler Dempsey(drums). It was acoustic upright all the way and he was very good.
  9. Michael Karn

    Michael Karn

    Apr 16, 2014
    As has been said, a great guy and a great player. When I was still playing tenor we were on a lot of club dates together, and even on those kind of gigs he was fun to play with
  10. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    I haven't seen Tony since the voluntary breakup of JARO (see above) two years ago. I'm not sure where he now lives, but he was originally from Scranton, PA. There's a very good chance that he'll be playing with one or more groups at the jazz festival in Delaware Water Gap, PA this September. That is, if he's in the area? He's a real bass chameleon. He even went to Europe with Betty Buckley a few years ago.
    "Tony Marino," as the late trombonist , Rick Chamberlain told me many years ago, "is the best kept secret in the Poconos."
    Michael Karn likes this.
  11. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Quincy, MA
    This is a great, great quartet and they have three albums now!



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