Diego Maroto was born in Mexico City on May 9th of 1968. In 1985 he
started to take private lessons to play the saxophone from teachers Larry
Roussell and Alfonso Martínez. From 1987 to 1988 he studied art history at
the Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1988 he joined the jazz worksop at the
Escuela Superior de Música (INBA), where he was taught improvisation,
arrangement and composition by Francisco Tellez. He then continued with
private lessons from Danny Matusack (New England Conservatory of Music,
Boston, Mass.) and from Darryl Winsman (A well known sax player from the
california scene). From 1990 to 1992 he studied with Cristobal López in his
improvisation workshop. In 1991, Diego became an active member of IAJE
(International Association of Jazz Educators) and participated during three
consecutive years in IAJE conventions in Miami, San Antonio and Boston.
during this time he also participated in worksops and courses of artists such
as David Liebman Ernie Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Brian bromberg, David Baker,
Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake (With whom he studied a course in specialized ear
training), Mike Campbell, Bill Dobbins, Andy Laverne, Don Sickler and Chris
Vandala. Diego has been a part of recordings and projects by the most
outstanding mexican jazz musicians like Eugenio toussaint, Agustin Bernal,
Enrique Neri, Fernando toussaint, Cristobal López, Chilo Moran, Miguel Salas,
Francisco Téllez, Iraida Noriega, Big Band Arte 01, La Casa de Agua, Waldo
Madera, Línea Tres, Omar Arán and Roberto Aymés, amongst others.
Along with his rising carrier as an important representative of jazz in Mexico,
Diego has performed with great success on some of the most distinguished
venues in Mexico and abroad with some of the most outstanding latin
american artists, comprising styles that range from rock (Caifanes, Santa
Sabina, L Maldita Vecindad, La Lupita, Miguel Ríos, etc.), pop (Paulina Rubio,
Benny, Lucero, Emanuelle, gloria Trevi, etc.) and Afroantillian music (Willie
Colón, Jerry Rivera, etc.)
In the first part of the year 2004, Diego recorded his first solo album named
MUNDO PARALELO in which he is accompanied of an incredible group of
mexican musicians like the legendary Eugenio Toussaint.
On November of that same year, diego and his sextet performed at Dizzy's
Club at the Lincoln Center in New York City daily during one week, where they
shared the stage with Antonio Sánchez and other important jazz players of
the New York Scene. This was an event that had not been preceded in
mexican jazz history.
In 2005 a new formation is born with great success, a trio with Gabriel
Puentes on drums and Jorge Luri Molina on upright bass. This trio has
perforned in several festivals in venues like Palacio de Bellas Artes, where a
tribute to Mexican jazz players was made in 2006. A couple of years later this
same trio performed at the Teatro de la Ciudad where they shared the stage
with George Duke and Stanley Clark, this concert was a great success.
As an educator, Diego has given lessons, clinics and seminars in important
schools and institutions in Mexico. One of his most outstanding works was
the one done in 2008, a seminar produced by Tonica in Guadalajara, Jal.,
alongside sax player Donny McCasslin.
Currently, he is working on the post-production process of his latest album
called Diego Maroto Asian Trio, recorded live on March 2013 at the great and
prestigious jazz club No Black Tie Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On this same year Diego has
toured twice all around Asia performing with his several projects, at Java Jazz Festival,
Indonesia. Mosaic music festival, Singapore. Sweet Basil, Japan. Ubud Village Jazz Festival,
Indonesia. Sendai Jazz Festival, Japan, among others...