As a saxophonist, Marco performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in Jazz Festivals and international music venues in Milan, Bologna, Siena, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Oscar Stagnaro, Arturo Sandoval, Ray Vega, Paquito D?Rivera, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and many others. Pignataro was featured in numerous concerts such as the IAJE Jazz Conference in Chicago, the Hollywood Jazz Festival in Florida and in opening acts for artists such as Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson and Poncho Sanchez. Pignataro participated also in the recording of the FIU Jazz Band CD “Hot & Cool”, under the direction of Richard Dunscomb, where he was featured back to back with trumpet great Arturo Sandoval.
Currently, Marco Pignataro is Director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and Jazz Saxophone Chair at Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, where he developed the jazz saxophone curriculum, founded and directs the CMPR Jazz Faculty Ensemble and co-founded the Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Caribbean Music Studies. As a dedicated music educator, Marco also worked in the Miami Dade Public School System across half a decade and participates as jazz faculty in the University of Veracruz Internationals Summer Jazz Seminars as well as in jazz clinics and master classes coordinated by the Puerto Rico Chapter of the IAJE and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.
Marco’s column, Style & Influence, is regularly featured in the quarterly magazine Jazz Improv. As a reviewer and columnist, Marco has also conducted interviews with artists such as Branford Marsalis, Jerry Bergonzi, Danilo Perez, David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón.
Marco Pignataro is currently an IAJE Executive Board Member of the International Association of Jazz Educators where he serves as IAJE Latin America Representative and he is also Founder and President of the first Chapter in Puerto Rico of the IAJE.
Marco Pignataro is a RICO Performing Artist & Endorser for Mauriat Saxophones and the Applied Microphone Technology Wireless System.