Marty Maggio
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"The Best in Easy Listening!"

As a DJ for almost four decades, specializing in "Easy Listening” music for most of my career, I find Marty Maggio’s talent to be exceptional and always on the mark. I had no problem playing his music on major market radio with the likes of Sinatra, Ella and even Boots Randolph. I have seen him in a number of concert venues. He can
seamlessly blend in with the style of the group he’s sitting in with, or he can, as a featured performer, outshine and outplay any other musician on the stage!

But most importantly, Marty is a great guy! Always eager to help a cause or a friend at the drop of a hat. My twenty year friendship with him has shown me that this guy has more talent than most performers I see who have “caught a break”.

- Scott Arthur, former DJ


"Marty Maggio Knows Success!"

As far back as I can remember I have been a passionate connoisseur of music, entertainment and the performing arts. Moreover, as a human relations specialist and professional speaker, I have planned or participated in over 12,000 events in the United States and Canada during the past 40 years.

I mention the above facts only to establish reasons why I feel somewhat qualified to judge the merit of various audience pleasing programs being utilized in the entertainment market today.
With this in mind, I wish to take this opportunity to express praise and appreciation for the multiple talents of Marty Maggio. His unique abilities as a performer include: Master Musician, who can deliver a variety of musical styles, vocals, impressionist, versatile entertainer and Master of Ceremonies. He does it all!

Based on my personal knowledge of programs provided by Marty Maggio, I would recommend him without reservation for any event seeking a program guaranteed to please.

Sincerely,
Jack Yianitsas
President
Success Dynamics
P.O. Box 515
Silsbee, TX 77656
www.jackyianitsas.com
- Jack Yianitsas @ Success Dynamics


Discography

Marty Maggio: My Favorites
Marty Maggio: Jumps, Jives And Wails!
Marty Maggio: "LIVE" @ The Metropolitan Cneter, Houston, TX 1999

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A native of Houston, TX, Marty Maggio has made his living as the master of a number of skills, but the constant in his life is the reed. The reed that makes the clarinet and saxophone work the magic they do. It's the reed that enables Marty to orchestrate that magic.

Born in Houston, TX on October 29, 1949, he began playing the clarinet when he was 8 years old. His family could not afford music lessons so they worked a trade-out with a noted Houston musician and teacher, Michael Spompanato that proved beneficial to both parties. It seems Michael's wife was not an especially adept cook and Marty's mother had the culinary skills - especially for Italian dishes --that Michael appreciated. And so it went every Sunday; an hour of clarinet lessons from Michael and a genuine Italian spaghetti dinner for the noted teacher and Marty received lessons from the best, and Spomp, as everyone called him, got spaghetti to die for.

Michael Spompanato had both the talent and reputation to provide a superb foundation for the young Marty. He had been a music director at Rice University as well as the director for All City Orchestras, which comprised the best musicians from high schools around Houston. And as a friend of the family's, he had a special interest in Marty. His influence was profound.

As with many clarinet players from Marty's era, the day came when the saxophone lured him away. It was a far more romantic instrument for the times and though of as a little more hip among the jazz and beat cultures of the fifties. And so it goes, at 12 years of age, Marty picked up a saxophone and, with Michael Spompanato's help, became astonishingly proficient at playing it. That lasted about one year.

As Marty progressed through school and learned he would be an important part of his junior high and high school orchestras, he once again picked up the clarinet. By the time he entered Jeff Davis High School, he was a remarkable musician, soon to earn first chair in their orchestra. An even greater achievement, Marty played first chair clarinet in the All City Orchestra, an honor commensurate with being an All City Athletic among the area’s high schools. But the saxophone would soon return.

As Marty got older and learned a little more about the culture of jazz, blues and rock and roll, he once again picked up the saxophone. He was ready to enter professional realm of entertaining. At 16, he began accepting commercial gigs around Houston and Pasadena. Marty would grow up fast in the music business.

Although he joined his first band at 16, he credits the PerryMates, a group he joined at 17, as giving him his first legitimate job in the industry. It was headed by a local Houston veteran Clarence Perry. Perry understood the local scene and was not just another high schooler for Marty to join up with. He had several years experience, a wife and two kids, not to mention he took the music business seriously. He was a good mentor for Marty.

The PerryMates played all over Houston as well as their native Pasadena. They gained a certain amount of notoriety by playing mostly 50’s and 60’s dance music. Marty remembers the combo well with its upbeat style supported by a lead guitar, bass, Marty and his sax, a keyboard layer and drummer. From the Bamboo Hut in Galveston to the Bawanna Club in Pasadena to the Castaway Club in Houston, the band could light up a nightclub with long-past hits like Honky Tonk, Green Onions and Georgia on My Mind. They also mixed in some ‘mainstream’ numbers from the likes of the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

The group was doing well in Houston. They had talent and they were making what most commercial musicians would call a nice living. But they wanted more. In September, 1969, the band went to Nashville with no leads, no contacts, and certainly no job offers. Marty remembers he had $80 in his pocket and the band hit the road, in caravan style. Clarence Perry was in the lead car with his wife and two children. The bass player followed in his car with his wife, and Marty and another single member of the group took up the rear. Marty was 19 at the time and had no idea what to expect. Their drummer stayed behind.

One memory he will never forget when driving into Nashville was taking the Dickerson Pike exit. They followed the Dickerson Pike a ways until they found a cheap – a very cheap – hotel. He recalls it was around $6/night; cheap even for those days. They also saved on food the next day as Clarence was an avid camper and brought all his Coleman equipment. The bacon and eggs they cooked in the parking lot the Sunday morning after their arrival weren’t half bad.

They reached Nashville on a Saturday night. They didn’t do much on Sunday. There’s not much for a nightclub band to do on a Sunday. But that night Marty and Clarence began cruising around to see if anything was shaking. They happened along a joint called the Coral Club that was going strong. They