Photo: JuanCarlos Hernandez
Mario Pavone has been on the NY scene for almost forty years. He began playing bass in the early sixties studying with the world famous Bertram Turetzky and got his first big break in 1964 with pianist Paul Bley. During this period he played with Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton and many other. In the 70's Mario formed his own record company called Alarca. He worked extensively in the late 70's and 80's in the New Haven, Connecticut area, with musicians like Jane Ira Bloom, Ray Anderson, Anthony Davis, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Helias, Leo Smith and many others. By 1975, he was a founding member of the New Haven, Connecticut-based Creative Music Improvisers Forum (CMIF), which produced concerts and recordings that gave musicians more control over their own music. In addition to his ongoing activities as a bandleader, Pavone's artwork and photography have graced the covers of dozens of recordings since the mid 90's, and he currently serves as an educator and board member for Litchfield Performing Arts. Mario has been a resident artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 1998.