February 19, 2018

“Soul Serenade” -The Gloria Lynne Project – New Release!

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“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!

Produced by BRAD COLE       Co-Produced by DOUG HOLMQUIST
Executive Producer FRANK MARINO
Arrangements and Orchestrations by BRAD COLE
Concept Arrangements by DIANE MARINO


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Recent Review Quotes for “Soul Serenade” – The Gloria Lynne Project

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KJazz 88.1 Los Angeles – Bubba Jackson  9/2018

“Diane -I love your voice and I feel “what you put in a song” and your voice is like no other. Keep on singing- we need your voice and songs!”

allaboutjazz.com – C. Michael Bailey   6/17/2018

“Arranger Brad Cole provides Marino a lush and soft ground upon which to vocally travel. This sonic environment is best experienced on the opening “Somewhere in the Night” and “Blue Gardenia.” The charm in this collection is that it is not made up of stone cold standards, rather it contains the interpretations of one fertile jazz mind re-interpreted by another.”

jazzweekly.com – George Harris  6/2018

“Marino is sassy, upbeat on “Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You” and is soulful as she bops along Chris Brown’s brushes on “For You.” Stately and uptown.”

actualjazz.blogspot.com  –  Leonardo Díaz  June 11, 2018
“Majestic and elegant…”

notesonjazz.blogspot.com – Ralph A. Miriello   3/17/2018

“A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary pop/jazz album from vocalist Diane Marino from “Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project” w/ some fine orchestrations and arrangements by Brad Cole.”

Contemporary Fusion Reviews- Dick Metcalf, editor, March 8, 2018

“Diane’s personal style provides the ultimate in cool for jazz listeners of all stripes.
Diane’s sultry jazz vocal style that will transport you (in most pleasant fashion, I might add) to the edge of the galaxy… her pacing is pure perfection, and her tones are full of the energy of life… a superb jazz vocal that you will treasure for years to come.”

Lemon Wire Dodie Miller-Gould March 13, 2018

“Marino manages to create jazz that is both fun and timeless. “Soul Serenade” is a collection of 14 songs that find Marino and her ensemble playing with a buoyant vibe and energy.”

Susan Franceson – Blog Critics March 22, 2018 :Marino emblazons each track with her personal touch ***** 5 Stars
“A striking vocalist, Diane Marino chose songs that brought out the emotional depth of her register. Her inflections make lyrics stand out in the listener’s mind. She expresses human emotion through the range of her timbres and the elasticity in her vocal nuances. Revisiting songs from Gloria Lynne’s recordings prove to be a fine fit for Diane Marino.”

5.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of the spirit of Gloria Lynne
By Grady Harp CD Review: Amazon   March 16,2018
“Reverie and remembrance for the art of Gloria Lynne sing through this collection – due to the inordinately beautiful performances by Diane Marino and ensemble. “

By Chris Spector
“ A jazzy vocal album that works throughout, Marino is fully ready to take flight on her own, especially if she plans on keeping it classy. Well done.”

Musical Memoirs.com  by Dee Dee McNeil/Jazz Journalist March 12, 2018

“Diane Marino brings the vocal magic on ballads like “Blue Gardenia” and “Out of This World.” “The Jazz in You” is produced as a sultry blues number and Marino steps up to the plate and hits a home run with this tune.”

“The Cuban Bridge” wwpv.org Toni Basanta
“Dear Diane, your new album is a truly-talented-work-of-art and it deserves immediate recognition of all your peers and the International Jazz Community. SOUL SERENADE is the most delicious breakfast I’ve ever had !!!!!”

Bebop Spoken Here   3/21/18  Lance Liddle

“Marino wisely retains her own identity whilst conveying the feel of a Gloria Lynne performance. Which, in many ways, is the best of two worlds. Sultry, with just an edge of soul and blues and a lot of jazz. A great album that’s made me aware of TWO great jazz vocalists.”

Dennis Scott  Dennis Scott Productions  5.0 out of 5 stars
Diane Marino makes beautiful music even more beautiful    March 27, 2018

“Diane Marino’s musical instincts have been crafted through experience and are fueled by a hunger to make music that makes a difference. She has done exactly that. It takes a singer to know a singer. Miss Marino makes the most of her vocal talents and, in doing so, pays creative homage to Miss Lynne.
The album is everything one hopes for – great songs, great players and great arrangements. Diane Marino may be one of jazz world’s best kept secrets, but the secret is out now for all of us to enjoy””

The Vinyl Anachronist  April 4, 2018 Marc Phillips

“The musicians are downright flawless here, and settle in instinctively and provide a new energy from scratch on each track. But it’s Marino’s voice that slowly won me over.
Marino is focused, and she brings out the meaning of each song as few singers do”

Jersey Jazz for the May issue. By Joe Lang
“Marino is equally comfortable with ballads and faster tempo material, infusing many selections with a convincing blues feeling. Not having been aware of Marino before receiving this album to review, her work here makes seeking out her prior recordings a likely undertaking”.

CD Headline Jazz & Easy Review- Diane Marino – Hook, Lynne & Sinker
 Paul Rigby-The Audiophile Man  16th April 2018

“Diane Marino retains her own style and approach to the songs, retaining her own direction but keeping the soul of Lynne present within each. This is a lively album with a fine selection of solos to keep the song lively and infused with variety. A joyful listening experience and a fine release for Marino.”

www.framemusic.net   By: Kev Rowland   May 11, 2018

“An incredibly warm and velvety jazz album…Diane’s superb vocals, the arrangements and musicians have all combined to create something that hearkens back to times gone past, in a very special way indeed.”

www.jwvibe.com  By: Jonathan Widran   May 14, 2018

“Stylistically, Marino romps between traditional jazz, swing, edgy blues and sensual soul, with moments of intense barn burning tempered by hushed intimacy. The magic here takes flight on the stellar arrangements and lush orchestrations of Brad Cole, who also plays piano, keyboards and B-3 organ.”

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February 10, 2016

Spotlight in December “In Concert” Magazine

Spotlight “In Concert” Magazine     December, 2015

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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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August 3, 2014

Diane Marino Quartet featuring Harry Allen & Bill Goodwin @ The Deer Head Inn – August 15th

The Diane Marino Quartet performs at historic Deer Head Inn – Delaware Water Gap, PA – Friday, August 15th, 2014 @ 7PM Classic Jazz standards and Brazilian tunes! www.deerheadinn.com Diane Marino : Piano/Vocals Harry Allen: Sax Bill Goodwin: Drums Frank Marino: Bassbig dh poster

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July 21, 2014

Diane Marino Quartet at Nighttown – Cleveland – Aug 1st


NightTown PosterDiane Marino Quartet performs at Nighttown -Cleveland OH- Fri, Aug  1st @8PM……
Classic Jazz standards and Brazilian tunes!

Diane Marino : Piano/Vocals
Sax: Jim Cirillo: Sax
Zaire Darden: Drums
Frank Marino: Bass

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July 7, 2014

More performance dates just added!

The Diane Marino Quartet has added more performance dates -including a return to Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach FL (Oct 10), The Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL (Oct 11),  legendary Birdland in NYC, (Oct 23), &  a return to Twins Jazz in Washington, D.C., April 10 & 11, 2015!

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July 2, 2014

Diane Marino with the James Bazen Big Band!


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Sunday, June 29th, we’re returning to the beautiful Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, MD to perform with the fabulous JAMES BAZEN BIG BAND! We’ll do tunes from my CD’s plus select jazz standards and Brazilian tunes!Wammie nominated (Washington Area Music Association) James Bazen Big Band has been an icon of the DC jazz scene for years. They have played all the top clubs and festivals including the Alexandria Jazz Festival and Taste of Bethesda.  June, 29th, 8:00PM                                               Bethesda 1


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