Teo Macero

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Teo Macero (1996)

Attilio Joseph "Teo" Macero (born October 30, 1925 in Glens Falls , New York , † February 19, 2008 in Riverhead , New York ) was an American composer , arranger , record producer and saxophonist .

He was best known as the producer of numerous recordings for the Columbia Records label .


In 1943 and 1944 Macero trained at the Navy School of Music in Washington. In 1946 he gave music lessons in his hometown. In 1953 he completed his composition studies, which he began in 1948, at the New York Juilliard School with a master's degree. Between 1957 and 1977 Macero was employed as a producer for Columbia Records. In the 1970s, he and the trumpeter Miles Davis developed production techniques that are now considered to be groundbreaking with their tape cuts and collages .


He also made several records under his own name, such as Explorations in 1953 , What's New in 1956 and Impressions Of Charles Mingus in 1979 . In the years 1954 and 1955 he worked at the Jazz Composers Workshop by Charles Mingus with and can also be heard on its plates. He was also involved in recordings by Tony Bennett , Dave Brubeck , Herbie Hancock , Michel Legrand , Wallace Roney , Shirley MacLaine , Vernon Reid , Robert Palmer and DJ Logic as a musician.

Macero composed both atonal and third stream compositions. In 1957 and 1958 he was awarded the Guggenheim Prize for Composition. In 1958 his symphonic composition Fusion was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein , and in 1982 it was re-recorded by the Lounge Lizards .

In 1972 he was the musical director of the Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert , which was arranged by Sy Johnson .

In 2008, a documentary film about the life and work of Teo Macero was released in the USA: Play That, Teo by the director Olana DiGirolamo, daughter of the jazz accordionist Orlando DiGirolamo , a friend and colleague of Macero.


Teo Macero produced numerous records; here is a selection:

He has also produced records by Thelonious Monk , Duke Ellington , Ella Fitzgerald , Johnny Mathis , Count Basie , Tony Bennett , Charlie Byrd , Auracle and Stan Getz . He was responsible for getting Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Byrd signed to Columbia. In 1999 he founded his own label Teorecords .

Discography (selection)

  • Charles Mingus: Jazz Composers Workshop (Savoy SV 0171, 1954–55)
  • Charles Mingus: Jazzical Moods (Period SIP 1107, 1955), also published under the title Intrusions (Ember CJS 832). It was also released on CD under the title The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus (Bethlehem) and Abstractions (Affinity AFF 750).
  • 1957: Teo Macero with The Prestige Jazz Quartet (OJC) with Teddy Charles , Mal Waldron , Addison Farmer , Jerry Segal

Filmography (selection)


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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Carr gives the year 1947 in the Jazz Rough Guide .
  2. Carr in the Jazz Rough Guide