BOHP_2007-06-18 - Charlie Mariano - 12
FB: So you worked with these, these were your students at one point? CM: These were my students. When I was teaching. FB: So these are your kids you had in ensemble or ear training or something. CM: YEs right FB: The last time you were at Berklee was in 70 71. CM: Well I Came to Europe in 1971 and I taught one semester in 1975. I was trying to move back to America. I realized that the first day I started teaching at Berklee again why I had left. FB: too many hours Taking up the day. CM: I tried to quit teh same day. Bob Share was still there. And he said Geez I'm sorry CharlieI would let you go, but I can't. I stuck it out for the semester. FB: How did you get a long with Bob Share? CM: Wonderful. Bob Share was a sweetheart. We got along great. FB: The musicians always loved him because he CM: He was an understanding guy. He was a sweetheart. FB: And he was very diplomatic and a little bit warmer than Lee. CM: Oh definitely. Lee still wasn't that involved in those days. FB: Oh it was Larry still. CM: Larry was still there. Larry and Alma were, they were still there running the whole thing. Lee was there a little bit. FB: Bob was sort of the seargent at arms CM: He took care of everything. FB: He was very capable as far as I remember. CM: Geez HE died way too young. FB: Yeah way too young. I still see his widow out at concerts once a month Dorothy. She still gets around and about a bit. She looks great for her age. Very dignified. Good natured. CM: Yeah well she was a beautiful woman. FB: What else would you like to say to the Berklee audience? CM: Let me just say some of hte people that I went to school with there and later like were my faculty members, I mean some wonderful guys. Herb Pomeroy he did a fantastic job there, Ray Santisi great. Ray was my best friend for many many years. But besides that he's a great musician. These guys stuck it out there and they had the patience that I didn't. I mean yo uknow I think it's great because the world has profited by their examples. FB: When you grow up with guys that you played with in 1952 and you go back to the states and somebody sets up a gig for you at a place like Rigatta bar what goes through your mind? How is it to play with people you played with as kids? What's the feeling like? CM: PRobably did it out of curiosity's sake for more than anything. And it was great. These are really wonderful players and great people. So it was fun for me. The reason why I didn't do it this year was because I 'm not in the best of health, so I figured it was too much to lug my horn around and practice before I do this gig and to come over for one gig it didn't make any sense. So I decided to cancel it. FB: We really appreciate you taking the time to talking to the Berklee community at large. We wish you the best with your health and future endeavors.I'm gonna put up an all points bulletin for some of your European releases in recent years. Thank you so much. CM: Thank you Fred thank you.