February 19, 2018

“Soul Serenade” -The Gloria Lynne Project – Radio release date 3/19/18


“Soul Serenade” is the title of my newest CD project. Although not exactly a “tribute” album, it is more of a celebration of the music made popular by the great vocalist, Gloria Lynne. As it turns out, I have been singing some of the material she has been known for ever since I first began to sing professionally- so many years ago! “I Wish You Love” is one of the first ballads I ever sang on a gig. “I’m Glad There Is You” is a track I recorded for my CD “On The Street Where You Live”.
While performing on a recent gig with drummer Vince Ector, I sang “I’m Glad There Is You”, and he reminded me it was one of Gloria’s signature songs.
So, I began to research more of Gloria’s work and was instantly mesmerized by her voice, style and emotion. Additionally, her choice of material was instantly appealing to me. I tend to look for songs that are “beyond the norm” of the Great American Songbook repertoire. The songs Gloria Lynne recorded during her career stand alone in their originality and uniqueness. Her performances of these particular tunes move me every time I hear them.
As with my previous CD’s, I always learn a tune and then work with it at the piano, making it an extension of what I’m hearing and feeling from the lyric and melody. I should note that I had never heard any of these 14 tunes before I was introduced to them by the wonderful Gloria Lynne recordings. My “concepts” for these 14 tunes came about after much study, deliberation and changes!
I wanted to step away from the piano for this project in order to collaborate with someone else’s ideas that could influence the way I might want to sing a particular song. I feel that when you accompany yourself on piano the two elements are inseparable and it was time to do a project in a different way.
I asked my dear friend Brad Cole to take my concepts and write the arrangements and orchestrations as well as to play piano/keyboards on this project. He seemed to know exactly what I wanted to do with each of these songs. I think we’ve come up with a fresh approach to this material that Gloria Lynne’s recordings influenced me to explore and ultimately record!

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March 16, 2017

New CD Project “Soul Serenade” Releasing early 2018!

**  1/6/18 Update** Mixing completed! Planning on an early 2018 release for “Soul Serenade”… The Gloria Lynne Project

With tracking completed, mixing  the new CD project now!

Recording at several studios around Nashville with an amazing group of wonderful players – (and great friends)! BIG thank you to Studios: Gary Belz (House of Blues Studio), Dennis Scott(Scott Free Studios) David Davidson ( Little Big Sound Studio) Frank Marino (The Piano Den).and of course Brad Cole (The ColeMine).

Amazing engineers: Gary Dales, Brad Cole , Doug Holmquist, Colin Heldt, Bobby Shin.

My love to all the amazing musicians that have contributed to this project!!
Brad Cole / Frank Marino / Chris Brown / Mark Christian / Don Aliquo / Scott Ducaj / Roy Agee / Doug Munro / Tom Moore / Dann Sherrill / David Davidson / David Angell/ Monisa Angell / Carole Rabinowitz / and our special guest, Harry Kim!

 

View our photos here as we progress!

Photos from our 2017 sessions!

 

 

 

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January 22, 2017

Rehearsals begin for the new CD release!

Very excited to announce we’ve begun our final rehearsals for the new CD to be released this year! Very cool arrangements by Pianist/keyboardist/arranger/producer Brad Cole! Joining us so far is: Mark Christian (guitar), Chris Brown (drums) and Frank Marino (bass)…. We start recording tracks February 6!

 

Stay tuned….!

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February 10, 2016

Spotlight in December “In Concert” Magazine

Spotlight “In Concert” Magazine     December, 2015

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December 27, 2015

Diane Marino Quartet at BluJazz+ Akron, OH

Our debut performance at BluJazz Akron was amazing! Packed house, and a wonderful audience!

1/23/2016 ….Diane Marino Quartet featuring:

Diane Marino: Piano/Vocals; Chris Burge: Sax; Frank Marino: Bass; & Glenn Davis: Drums

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November 5, 2015

DMQ at Club Bonafide- Featuring Ralph Lalama– Thanksgiving Eve, November 25th

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January 31, 2015

Recent Raves

“Diane Marino is an unusually unique talent… great pianist, vocalist and arranger”-

Les Davis-Real Jazz-Sirius/XM Radio

 Diane plays grooving piano, and as for Diane’s vocal skills, she’s one of the best I’ve heard in the past several years. Her voice and phrasing are great.”  Ric Bang – Jazz Scan

 “I love the album”(“Loads of Love”)…The audio band width is incredible, the piano performance is great, the  arrangements are great and Diane’s voice is perfect.  And don’t forget Houston Person. We are playing this CD!”

Saul Levine – KKJZ Los Angeles

 The collaboration of Marino & Person for “Loads of Love” is a winning combination and a step in the right direction for traditional jazz. A gorgeous collection of blues-influenced ballads and love songs.”Eric Harabadian- Jazz Inside Magazine

 “Diane Marino is a confident pianist and singer who is equally at home with ballads and rhythm tunes. If the results on this disc are indicative of the quality of her prior efforts, I plan on checking them out soon”-Jersey Jazz Journal

 Ms. Marino’s talent is quietly insistent – a half-dozen tracks in, I really began to savor the subtelty in her delivery. She’s got that knack for interpreting vocals that only comes with having lived some of this stuff, and solid chops as a pianist, to boot!.” …Doug Boynton- Girl Singers.org

 The collaboration of Marino & Person for “Loads of Love” is a winning combination and a step in the right direction for traditional jazz. A gorgeous collection of blues-influenced ballads and love songs.”

 Eric Harabadian- Jazz Inside Magazine

 “Diane Marino: A top notch vocalist who’s styling, phrasing and interpretations are definite fortes! One of the best on the contemporary scene.” “Cafe Jazz” Ted Hasiuk, Host & Producer, Café Jazz

 Diane Marino is a most worthwhile singer/pianist/arranger. She is assisted by tenor sax ace Houston Person on many of this dozen-song program for “Loads of Love”. Diane and Houston wildly propel a rousing “Get Out Of Town” (Porter). What a euphoric opening number. “It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dream” (Ellington/ Hodges/ George) contains some of the most delicate, carefully laid back, loose singing you’ll ever hear. Diane just so easily lets it all hang out. Noteworthy again is Mr. Person. Ms. Marino’s piano/vocal just can’t be bettered.”  Dan Singer – “Singer’s Singers

 Diane Marino “Loads of Love”… “Loads of Love” -A killer set for when you’re in the mood for some sophistication with bounce, this is first class, solid, adult listening that connects.  Well done.”

MIDWEST RECORD / CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher  

 Diane’s  singing and musicianship are outstanding!” Bob Collins – WRHU Jazz producer, LI, NY 

 “Loads of Love”-Diane Marino possesses impeccable phrasing, her voice has beautiful colors and tones and the new arrangements are lush without detracting from yet another wonderful recording from a truly magnificent vocalist and pianist”…  Joe Montague- Riveting Riffs Magazine 

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January 11, 2015

New shows in the Washington D.C. / Baltimore MD area!

Diane Marino Quartet returns to Twins Jazz in Washington D.C. Fri & Sat., April 10 & 11, 2015… and will perform at Germano’s in Baltimore MD, on Thursday, April 9th….Joining me for all three dates will  be Greg Twombley (sax/flute/clarinet) , Frank Marino (bass) and Francis Thompson  (drums).  Join us if you’re in the area!

More info: www.dianemarino.com/performances

Bethesda quartet

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September 10, 2014

NYC -Birdland on Oct 23rd, 2014

Birdland poster Thursday, October 23rd we’ll be at Birdland for a 6:00pm show! Joining me is: Greg  Twombley: sax/flute; Frank Marino: bass, and Neal Smith on drums. For more info:    http://www.birdlandjazz.com/event/679359

 

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September 3, 2014

October 10 & 11, 2014 Cocoa Beach & Delray Beach FL!

The Diane Marino Quartet will return to Florida -the weekend of October 10 & 11! Friday, Oct 10th @8:30 PM we return to Heidi’s Jazz Club in downtown Cocoa Beach! A wonderful venue! With me will be: Terry Meyers: Sax/Flute, Frank Marino: Bass & Stan Soloko on drums.

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The next evening -October 11, 8:00PM we’ll be at Arts Garage in Delray Beach…..a most prestigious music venue in South Florida! Joining myself  & Frank Marino (bass) will be: Tom McCormick (Sax/Flute) and Carlomagno Araya (drums). This will be a great evening of Jazz standards, Brazilian and Latin Jazz!

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