Lou Marini

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Lou Marini
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Hamar Music Festival 2007, Hamar, Hedmark, Norway
Background information
Born (1945-05-13) May 13, 1945 (age 72)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Genres Blues, R&B, rock, pop, jazz, soul
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet, flute
Years active 1960–present
Associated acts Blood, Sweat & Tears, Saturday Night Live Band, The Blues Brothers, Frank Zappa, Magic City Jazz Orchestra
Website blueloumarini.com

Louis "Lou" Marini Jr. (born May 13, 1945), known as "Blue Lou" Marini, is an American saxophonist, arranger, and composer. He is noted for his work in jazz, rock, blues, and soul music and for being a member of the Blues Brothers.

Early life[edit]

Left to right: Lou Marini, Ray Reach, and Ernie Stires at a reception following a Carnegie Hall concert, 2004

Marini graduated from Fairless High School in Navarre, Ohio. His father, Lou Marini Sr., was the high school's band director and wrote the school song. Every year, Fairless bestows the Lou Marini Award in honor of his father. Lou Marini Sr. died in May 2008. Both Lou Marini Sr. and Lou Marini Jr. were inducted into the Fairless Alumni Association Hall of Honor in May 2010. In June 2010, Marini Jr. was named artistic director at the first Brianza Blues Festival, in Villa Reale (Monza, Italy).[1] Marini attended North Texas State University College of Music, where he played in the One O'Clock Lab Band. Following graduation, he became a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears. From 1975–1983, he was a member of the Saturday Night Live house band. He was a member of The Blues Brothers and appeared in the movie and the sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, playing the part of "Blue Lou", a name given to him by Dan Aykroyd.

He played on Frank Zappa's 1977 album Zappa in New York, on Cindy Bullens' 1978 album Desire Wire, and has worked with Aerosmith, Deodato, Maureen McGovern, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and the Woody Herman Orchestra.

Solo work[edit]

Marini has spent most of his professional life working as a sideman and arranger. In 2001, he recorded his first recording as a leader, with Ray Reach and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, titled Lou's Blues (2003). This album features his arrangements and compositions, many of which have become favorites for the Lab Bands at the University of North Texas. The liner notes[2] of the album were written by Grammy Award-winning composer, arrange, and producer Bob Belden.

On March 23, 2010, he released Blue Lou and Misha Project - Highly Classified, a collaboration with Misha Segal, an Israeli pianist and composer.

Compositions and arrangements[edit]

Marini's work as an arranger and composer has been influenced by Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, Thad Jones, and Don Ellis, as well as rock, pop, and avant-garde music. For example, his song, "Hip Pickles," written for Blood, Sweat and Tears, is described by reviewer Jack Bowers[3] of AllAboutJazz.com, as follows: "Marini's unorthodox notions surface on 'Hip Pickles,' whose free' intro gives way to a melody played by screaming trumpets and Clapton-like guitar, prefacing a stormy interchange between Marini (alto) and Tom Wolfe [on guitar]."[4]



  • 2004 Lou's Blues
  • 2010 Highly Classified
  • 2012 Starmaker

As guest[edit]

With The Blues Brothers

  • Briefcase Full of Blues 1978
  • Blues Brothers (soundtrack) 1980
  • Made in America 1980

With Maureen McGovern

  • Naughty Baby 1989
  • Baby I'm Yours 1992
  • Out of This World 1996
  • Music Never Ends 1997

With John Tropea

  • Short Trip to Space 1977
  • To Touch You Again 1979
  • NYC Cats Direct 1985

With Frank Zappa

  • Zappa in New York 1978
  • You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 1992
  • Läther 1996
  • Have I Offended Someone? 1997

With others


  1. ^ "Lou Marini alla Villa Reale: "Sono ancora in missione per conto del Blues" - Corriere della Sera". Corriere.it. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived December 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Archived April 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Lou Marini & the Magic City Jazz Orchestra: Lou's Blues". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 

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