Hollywood, Fl USA
Anthony Baglino was born in Miami Beach where he developed his colorful style of art amongst the Latin community and art deco architecture. In Miami he attended the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and spent much of his time in painting and exhibiting. Anthony received his B.F.A from Jacksonville University and an MFA from Full Sail University. He also traveled to Europe, where he began fusing the mediums of art and music through live street performances. Upon returning to the U.S., Anthony created a Jazz fusion band. Through live performance he presented his fine art, video and animation to new audiences.Today, Jazz clubs, concerts and art galleries are popular venues for his work. From his studios in Hollywood, Florida, Mr. Baglino continues to devolop new projects and languages in multiple mediums.
Anthony played with a Fusion band for a number of years. The connectivity just wasn’t there. This was the deciding factor in going solo. Playing Jazz cover tunes live helped him to develop his style of music over time. Anthony was leaning toward Jobim and Getz for genre and style. After three albums on iTunes and numerous live performances the fourth Album ‘Deep Swim’ seemed to be closer to the zone of expectation for him. Anthony currently works from Baglino Studios in Hollywood, Florida.
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Duo Doing Mondays at Aromas
By McClaran, Tamara
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent
Two musicians have joined forces to bring an old-school style of jazz to a new entertainment venue in Ponte Vedra Beach. Saxophonist Anthony Baglino of Neptune Beach and pianist Stevie “Fingers” Saracson of Jacksonville perform Latin rhythms and jazz standards every Monday night at Aroma’s Cigars & Wine Bar.
The two musicians, who met this year, have led parallel lives in many ways.
Both studied music and graduated from Jacksonville University, Baglino in 1987 and Saracson in 1993. Both left Jacksonville after college and worked as musicians, Baglino in New Orleans and Nashville and Saracson in Cleveland. Both have played many musical styles, including Baglino’s alternative fusion and Saracson’s rock. Both also experienced frustrations with their music careers and returned to Jacksonville, Saracson last October and Baglino this year.
They met when Saracson answered Baglino’s posting for a keyboard player at a music store in Jacksonville Beach. Baglino was seeking a musician interested in playing an innovative jazz sound and said Saracson fit the bill.
“Stevie is a monster on the keyboards,” Baglino said.
Saracson, who also performs with The Teddy Washington Band, said he grew bored with playing rock music. “There’s so much freedom with Latin grooves,” he said.
Along with their similar backgrounds, the two discovered they share a vision for their music. …
Isaac Davis Jr.
Saxophonist Anthony Baglino is a mastermind with his fierce saxophone techniques. He is exploding into the Jazz scene with his “new media” style as he is fusing his fine art with fusion jazz. Check out a recent interview we had with this talented saxophonist. Enjoy!
Isaac: Elaborate on who you are and your upbringing.
Anthony Baglino: Originally we lived in Brooklyn, NY. My parents were enthralled with the aura of Miami Beach, and we ended up moving there. I grew up in South Beach, Miami. As a kid, there was a lot of diversity along with the beauty of the sub-tropics and the architecture of the deco era. I come from an Italian family who’s centered around being home on time for the meals. There was a lot of crime in Miami and plenty of opportunities to indulge in the drug scene. My two brothers and I all managed to remove ourselves from the scene unscathed. Most of this is accredited to a praying mother. Italian people are extremely emotional. Over time though, I believe I learned how to channel these emotions properly. I’m still waiting for some of my other family members to join me.
Isaac: Was there any one musician that spoke to your heart so profoundly, you were inspired to do your own thing?
Anthony Baglino: Antonio Carlos Jobim. In the 60’s, during a time of great adversity in the United States, Jobim brought in a wave of peace through his music. The other musician might be John Coltrane, because of his ability to tap into the zone and bring it down. Both of these men’s music made a very profound and spiritual impact on me.
Isaac: My middle niece and I think John Coltrane is perhaps one of the all time bests.
Isaac: Which singer/group would you say you would most like to do a duet with?
Anthony Baglino: I think it might be interesting to do a duet with Wynton Marsalis because of his diversity.
Isaac: What singer/songwriter do you most connect with?
Anthony Baglino: The lonious Monk and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Monk, because he’s like the Picasso of Jazz with his unanticipated improvisational skills. And Jobim because of the romance he brought through his music.
Isaac: Out of your entire song collection that you’ve written thus far, which song(s) would you say is/are the most personal/meaningful to you?
Anthony Baglino: Our Summer, off of Deep Swim.
Isaac: Which singers/groups do you enjoy/like from some of today’s music genres?
Anthony Baglino: Bebel Gilberto, Bebe’s song Siempre Me Quedara. These 2 would probably be classified from the genre of world music. Bebel is from Brazil, and Bebe is from Spain. I guess it’s the Corazon that I’m affected by. These women do something to me when they sing.
Isaac: What charities are you involved with or support?
Anthony Baglino: We support several children in South America through the CCF, specifically in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. We receive correspondence from them and what we consider a little, as far as monetary value, goes a long way for these people. They are very grateful in their response. My wife is Spanish, and so she is able to communicate with them in their own language. Her translations are usually better than the English version that we receive.
Isaac: Have you (or would you ever consider) writing a song about any of today’s particular world issues/problems? If so, what world issue would speak to you the most to write about?
Anthony Baglino: I already wrote a song about world problems. It’s called “Frequency” off of Ethnos. There are many persuasions that give us justification for putting a citadel around compassion, and I believe this song shows the modus operandi or the mechanics of the machine.
Isaac: Why should people listen to your music?
Anthony Baglino: For the same reasons they would enjoy a sunset, or read a good book. It’s all a matter of personal taste, and I’m not that bad of a chef.
Isaac: Your music is relaxing and chill. What inspired you to toss out these awesome lyrics and cords?
Anthony Baglino: Sting said it best. “There has to be an invisible sun.” I believe that inspiration is transcendent. If we live in a 4 dimensional world, we have 4 dimensional tools to analyze our environment. There’s a deeper part in us that’s able to connect that is not confined to these 4 dimensions.
Isaac: How far into the creation of a song do you share any of it with anyone? Who would you play it for? Would it be a chorus, a verse and chorus, or a complete song?
Anthony Baglino: I’m usually using speakerphone with my best friends while I’m crushing keyboard keys, revealing the unpolished version. I get great feedback from them.
Isaac: How much do you let others “mess around with” one of your new songs?
Anthony Baglino: It depends. What are their intentions? I’ve let a few DJ’s remix my music for play in the clubs. Any one that would want to remix my songs, I would hope that they would have good intentions and pure motivation.
Isaac: Do you have to be a tortured soul to be a singer-songwriter?
Anthony Baglino: Some songs are inspired out of torture, and others are inspired out of ecstasy. I will say, though, the greater the depth, the greater the pressure, the greater the artist.
Isaac: Are your songs strictly autobiographical or are they embroidered autobiography?
Anthony Baglino: My music is just meat and potatoes. My fine art, on the other hand, might be a little embroidered. But that’s another interview.
Isaac: How long does it take you to process your emotions and turn them into songs?
Anthony Baglino: Very quick. I learned from the black church. They taught me to translate my emotions into songs. So I might break out into a song on the bus, or wherever I need to.
Isaac: The best piece of advice you actually followed?
Anthony Baglino: Let it go.
Isaac: Give Shutouts to your family and friends.
Anthony Baglino: Christina Steele, for listening to my music over the cell phone. Raquel Sutton, for canvassing art and music to the people.
Isaac: Last but certainly not least, what are you working on, now?
Anthony Baglino: I’m still swimming.