Joe Lano (Marghilano)
Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire
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Internationally acclaimed guitarist, arranger, and orchestrator Joe Lano (Marghilano) is originally from Philadelphia, where he begun performing in nightclubs with own group at the age of 12. He studied guitar with Dennis Sandole and Joe Srgo, and orchestration with Richard Castiglione.
In 1964, Joe got the call to go out on the road with Lena Horne. One of the stops on the tour was Las Vegas. He moved there later that year, and has resided there ever since.
Vegas was only a "home base" for the busy guitarist, who followed his travels with Lena Horne- including a command performance as Lena's personal accompanist for her majesty Queen Elizabeth- with stints backing up such artists as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Smith, Jack Jones, Joe Williams, and Henry Mancini. He has been guitarist for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon for more than 25 years.
Joe's performing schedule today includes gigs, clinics and tours with his group, the Jazz ORGANization; showroom and hotel engagements in Las Vegas; arranging and producing projects for recording and live performance; and the occasional tour with headline performers. He can be heard on numerous recordings including: Jazz Organizations, Live at the Sahara (Pianissimo Records), Lano/Badgley duo, Jobelle and Jazz Organization, "Friends" with Bob Badgley (Capri Records), Mountain Greenery (Laura Taylor), A Little Bit of You (Walt Boenig, Dynamic Records), A Little Bit of Time (Paul Broadnause, Brownstone Records), Harry Skoler,(Brownstone Records), Like Young (with Buddy Greco and Sammy Nestico, Dolphin Records), Jazz Grooves (with Buddy Greco, Candid Records), Route 66 (with Buddy Greco, Candid Records), With Love Leslie (with Leslie Anders, BNL Records), and Carl Saunders with Strings(to be released).
Joe Lano has performed with the following artists: Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Lanny Morgan, Candoli Bros., Jimmy McGriff, Bobby Shew, Carl Fontana, Carl Saunders, Bill Watrous, Bob Shepard, Eddie Harris, Laura Taylor, Andy Simpkins, Jack Sheldon, Buddy DeFranco, Don Menza, Joe Romano, Gus Mancuso, Brian Torff, Bob Badgley, Donn Trenner, Terry Gibbs, Henry Mancini, Sam Nestico, Robert Farnum, Larry Novak, Stefan Karlsson, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Buddy Greco, Jim Hughart, Chuck Berghoffer, Greg Fields, Lena Horn, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Mel Torme, Steve and Edyie Lawrence, Morgana King, Billy Eckstine.
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