Lou Marini, Part 1

Join us for an engaging conversation on the Chiaroscuro Jazz Podcast as George Graham, the Director of Artistry and Repertoire at Chiaroscuro Records, sits down with the multi-talented saxophonist, Lou Marini.

In this episode, Blue Lou, as he’s often called, shares insights into his remarkable career, spanning decades of musical exploration. From his early days in a musical family to studying with jazz greats, Lou takes us on a journey through his experiences with iconic bands and legendary musicians.

Discover Lou’s rich musical upbringing, his time with Woody Herman’s band, and his influential role in the Blues Brothers Band. Hear about his adventures in New York, studio sessions with renowned artists like Doc Severinsen, and the vibrant jazz scene at North Texas State.

The conversation delves into Lou’s collaborations with Chiaroscuro luminaries such as Phil Woods, Clark Terry, and Gerry Mulligan, offering unique perspectives and anecdotes. Lou also reflects on his time with Blood, Sweat and Tears and shares stories of playing in historic venues like the Village Vanguard.

About Lou Marini

Multi-instrumentalist and true master of many styles and instruments, “Blue” Lou Marini is an accomplished soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax, piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute and clarinet player. He navigates egos and bobs and weaves his way
through timeless sessions and stage appearance with a bold confidence that many other players would shy away from. He’s recorded with the music business’ elite: Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Luther Vandross, Lou Reed, Brecker Brothers, Dr. John, Donald Fagan, Jimmy Buffet, Frank Zappa, and Steely Dan. He’s has also performed with Eric Clapton Smokey Robinson, Jose Carreras, Lou Rawls, The Supremes, Dr. John, Four Tops, Sting, James Taylor, Tina Turner and famously Frank Zappa.

About The Chiaroscuro Podcast

Chiaroscuro Director of Artistry & Repertoire George Graham produces and hosts The Chiaroscuro Podcast. Explore the works of other Chiaroscuro performers in our Artists Section. Check out other episodes of the Chiaroscuro Podcast here