2011 Jazz Vocalist of the Year awarded by Coffee Talk Jazz Radio (Ms Bridgette Lewis, Executive Producer)
When you combine an accomplished vocalist, an accomplished pianist, and accomplished arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino. M&M Records Recording Artist Diane Marino has recorded, performed, and shared the stage with jazz legends Houston Person, Joe Henderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Pete Escovedo, Tania Maria, Kirk Whalum, pop music icon Felix Cavaliere and many others.
Diane has performed at Birdland -NYC, Blues Alley – D.C., Vitello’s Jazz Club – L.A., Bethesda Blues & Jazz – D.C., Nighttown-Cleveland, Heidi’s Jazz Club-Cocoa Beach, FL, The Deer Head Inn-PA, Le Cirque Café -NYC, Twins Jazz Club-D.C., Paramount Performing Arts Center-Ashland, KY, Isis Theatre-Asheville, NC, Trumpets Jazz Club -NJ, The Metropolitan Room-NYC, Blues Boulevard Jazz-S.C., Montreux Atlanta Festival, The Mezz-Charleston, SC, Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Culture Center- Charleston WVA, Town Point Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz & Heritage Festival, WorkPlay Theatre, BayFest, Jazz n’ June Huntsville, Minnetrista Cultural Center Jazz Series, Churchill Grounds Atlanta, Riverfest, Jazz In The Valley, Music Midtown, Bowling Green International Festival, The Jazz Factory, HarborFest, Main Street Jazz Festival, City Stages, Three Rivers Music Festival, Jazz Junction, Bele Chere Music Festival, Franklin Jazz Festival, Summer Lights Music Festival, Celebration of The Arts USCS, and more.
“Loads of Love” (2013) the recent CD release by pianist/vocalist Diane Marino, features legendary saxophonist Houston Person who produced the CD as well. Timeless vocal standards from the Great American Songbook, arranged by Diane Marino.
“From The Heart” (2011) clearly defines the artist. An eclectic blend of Vocal and Instrumental Mainstream, Brazilian and Latin Jazz, creative and refreshing arrangements along with stellar performances by all. A definitive collection of favorite tracks – from Diane’s 3 previous CD’s, all completely re-mastered.
Having a passion to “Build Bridges Across Jazz Lines”, Diane arranged and blended the elements of contemporary, traditional, and Latin jazz with great pop standards from the sixties. This creative mosaic of music led to Diane’s latest CD ‘Just Groovin’.
Critically acclaimed, “Just Groovin’” (2008) is a stellar collection featuring twelve wonderful re-interpretations of pop standards from the sixties. These are not copies of other versions. Diane’s fantastic voice and arranging is a breath of fresh air for these tunes, reminding us once again that a great song can be interpreted in any number of styles”… (Bob Perry – The Penthouse Radio).
‘On The Street Where You Live’, released in May of 2004 has also received national acclaim charting on the national jazz charts and proves once again that Diane is a natural whether playing, singing, or both. This CD will take the listener to the very depths of emotions. There is a re-current theme throughout that tells stories of love, and love lost, as well as playful gems of Latin and Brazilian jazz. Diane is joined by bandmates Frank Marino (bass), Mitch Reilly (saxes/flute), and Chris Brown (drums).
Diane’s debut jazz quartet CD ‘A Sleepin’ Bee’ was released in 2003 and has received national acclaim charting on the national charts as well as receiving extensive radio airplay and rave reviews. This CD offers a wide array of vocal and instrumental traditional jazz standards, Latin jazz, and Brazilian jazz (sung in Portuguese).
Singer/pianist Diane Marino was born in Manhattan, NYC. She received her early piano training of classical studies and improvisation from the age of 10. Diane was accepted on NYC’S ‘Famed’ High School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major. She later attended and graduated from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia.