BOHP_2007-06-18 - Charlie Mariano - 11
FB: What about some of the bands you worked with in the 80s like Stone Alliance? What was that like? CM: I never worked in Stone Alliance, but I used the Don Alias who was an old friend of mine from the Boston days and Gene Perla who I also knew from Boston.(FB: Great guys.) Yeah great guys. And I had a band in Europe mostly in Germany, but other players with Don Alias and Gene Perla and Stu Goldberg. FB: Did he have any Boston roots? CM: No. FB: Were both those guys on the faculty at Berklee at one point? CM: No neither of them were on the faculty. Gene Perla was a student there and Don alias was I don't know if he was going to school or not but he was in Boston for some years. FB: Maybe he was at the conservatory. CM: Yeah could be could be. I'm not really sure. We had a lot of really good guys at that time. And the drummer was like he was Jan Christensen. Marvelous. He was the first drummer also when I worked with ??? group. Great great player. FB: Do you have any fond recollections of that band? CM: Yeah sure. It was all good. It's great to play with great people. These are all great people. They make me sound good. FB: That's right. How about the albums, the standard albums you made for Joride Poujoule with Tete? CM: Tete. He's from Barcelona. He had a record company there for fresh style. FB: Yeah fresh style. I wrote some liner notes for some Boston band a couple years ago. CM: He had me record with Tete from when I first came to Europe in 1964 I met him in Copenhagen with Neil ??? FB: ??? Matra? CM: I mean Neil ??? was already playing fantastic and Tete.I did these recordings with Tete. And the last time I went I went iwth Sal Nistico, he was messed up. We didn't finish the album. FB: Yeah too bad. CM: Yeah he was a sweetheart and what a great player. FB: What about your own, your legacy among the guys you had as students. CM: Jerry Bigonzi. But he was alerady playing great. When he came to me I said, why don't you teach me? He knew more than me already. Great player wonderful guy. He was like one of the yougn musicians who came up in Boston like Harvie Swartz was also.. they were all going to Berklee the same time as RichieByra for instance. I still play with Richie once in a while. FB: Does he play in Germany? CM: Well sometimes, He has a professorship in Leipzig. FB: Does he really? CM: Yeah. So he does that like. And he also lives in New York some of the time. I see him every once in a while. FB: And Harvie Swartz has been in the Manhattan School of Music I think for sometime. (CM: Yeah could be.) He's always doing something new and different. He's a Boston boy. CM: Yeah he's a Boston boy absolutely. FB: He's got a samba band or a salsa band now. He's really gone and study he's worked so much with Latin bands. So he 's got a real feel for the salsa rhythms. CM: Good he's a good musician. FB: Yeah and a nice guy. CM: Yeah, and a nice guy.