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Saxophonist Marco Pignataro Celebrates CD Release

When: Thursday, September 29, 2011 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Multicultural Arts Center – 41 Second Street, E. Cambridge, MA [map]

Italian jazz music saxophonist Marco Pignataro celebrates the release of his new jazz CD, Sofia’s Heart, with a performance at Cambridge’s Multicultural Arts Center on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for Multicultural Arts Center members, students, seniors.

The performance will also feature Italian drum master Marcello Pellitteri, Kevin Harris on piano, flutist Matt Marvuglio and double bassist Ben Street.

Sofia’s Heart was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro’s compositions and arrangements. The album was recorded in Philadelphia with a stellar group formed by Eddie Gomez, Bill Drummond, Matt Marvuglio and Mark Kramer.

A native of Bologna, Italy, Pignataro studied classical music at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Music and jazz at the University of Miami and Florida International University, as well as with jazz artists and educators such as Steve Grossman, Gary Campbell, Ed Calle, Gary Keller, Ron Miller, Vince Maggio, Mike Orta, Renato D’Aiello, and Richard Dunscomb.

Marco is currently the Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, a new program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through a variety of musical disciplines. Together with Danilo Perez as Artistic Director, Marco leads the BGJI as a center of musical creativity that emphasizes personalized goal-setting and directed study, experiential and service learning with a special emphasis on nature and the environment, business acumen, and intensive access to world-class visiting artists.

For more about Marco Pignataro, visit his website: www.marcopignataro.net

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