“Trying to place the music of saxophonist Marco Pignataro squarely in a single space, musical or otherwise, is a fruitless endeavor. His roots span oceans, his sound draws on myriad sources, and his open approach to influence and association(s) catapults him to another realm entirely. Yet all roads paved by heart and art in tandem tend to lead back to the Mediterranean for this man of passion and purpose. It's in that region, growing in the soil of Pignataro's fatherland, glistening against the waters of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic, that his varicolored vision refracts and resounds with the greatest strength. “

Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

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 “Passione-Canto Italiano” explores passion, drama & love through the lenses of jazz & chamber music with lush arrangements of old Neapolitan love songs arranged by John Patitucci and Marco Pignataro. 

The virtual concert was recorded live at the WGBH Fraser Performance Studio in Boston and was broadcast on December 18th on the Consulate General of Italy in Boston social pages.

The Consulate General of Italy in Boston presented a virtual concert titled “Passione – Canto Italiano” featuring the Marco Pignataro Jazzet with Strings + Special Guests, including legendary Italian American bassist John Patitucci, winner of four Grammy Awards. The jazz quartet will also feature virtuoso drummer Adam Cruz, and Alan Pasqua. This extraordinary jazz quartet was accompanied by a string quartet composed by members of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra Julianne Lee (first violin), Lucia Lin (second violin), Danny Kim (viola), Owen Young (cello) . Special guests includes: Felice Pomeranz on harp and Cory Pesaturo on accordion. 

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(2019) On his ZOHO debut “Almas Antiguas” (“Old Souls”), Boston based saxophonist Marco Pignataro presents his all-star quintet. Six original compositions and five arrangements tell a “story of love”, signifying on elements of his Italian and Puerto Rican bloodlines. The music is evocative and powerful, blending modern jazz with shades of Mediterranean, folk & Latin influences. A remarkably cohesive, artistic recital, devoted to vivid melodies and lyrical beauty, in which all members illuminate the roiling emotions and romantic sensibility that underpin the songs.           

                                   – Ted Panken

“It’s not often that an artist presents a narrative as personal and sweeping as what saxophonist Marco Pignataro offers on his second album. ‘Almas Antiguas’ (Zoho). -

J.D. Considine for Downbeat Magazine

(4 and half stars - selected as one of the best album of 2019)



Lyrics, arrangements and music produced by Marco Pignataro. Luciana Souza: voice. Marco Pignataro: saxophone, composer.  Kenny Werner: Piano. Giorgio Albanese: Accordion. Eli Heath: Bass Tyson Jackson: Drums
Single (2019)

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Managing Director Marco Pignataro records his original “Farfallina ” with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ambassadors, alumna Luciana Souza and Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute Artistic Director Kenny Werner as featured artists. “Farfallina”, which in Italian means “little butterfly”, was recorded in late February 2019 at Shames Studio at Berklee College of Music. Inspired by the short life cycle of butterflies, “Farfallina” strives to illustrate the poetic imagery of fleeting beauty.



Eddie Gomez (b), Matt Marvuglio (fl), Mark Kramer (p), Billy Drummond (dr)


“With "Sofia's Heart" Marco gives us a vehicle to drop our defenses and feel all the joy and pain we normally suppress. One could not ask for more.” 

Kenny Werner

“ Marco crafts melodies and plays the kind of fluid, beautiful lines that make you want to laugh and cry . "Sofia's Heart" is so pretty it hurts.” 

Steve Greenlee (Boston Globe) 

“Marco's debut disc Sofia's Heart is post bop with a smidgen of free jazz, (mostly) original tunes with haunting soulfulness and an almost folk-like simplicity.” 

Mark Karesman (Jazz Inside Magazine) 

“....hauntingly gorgeous new album..” 

Robert Sutton (Jazz Corner)

“The attention to details, melody and beauty are the pillars of Marco Pignataro’s debut CD” 

Rafael Vega Curry (El Nuevo Dia)

“The album as a whole is a work of art, one that reaches into the deepest recesses of the soul.”

(All About Jazz) 



Various Artists:

Guillermo Nojechowicz/El Eco: Puerto de Buenos Aires, 1933 

(Zoho  Records -2017)  

Tal Gamlieli: Dania (2017)

Eddie Gomez: Per Sempre (BFM - 2012)

Hérmanes Abreu Grupo: Moving Waters (Tratore records - 2012)