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Jazz musician and educator Marco Pignataro finds his place in Boston

Marco Pignataro playing the saxophone (photo courtesy of http://www.marcopignataro.net/)

After 20 years away from his native Bologna, jazz saxophonist and composer Marco Pignataro is finally feeling at home in Boston. But as he discusses his latest album Sofia’s Heart – released in late 2011 to critical acclaim – it becomes clear that hasn’t always been the case. On an album that Pignataro describes as a “personal musical diary,” songs like “Homesick” and “Bologna d’Inverno” express his sense of longing for Italy. “Once you’re outside your country, you feel like part of you is still there,” Pignataro says. “It never leaves. Through a part of my life it was a ...

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