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Dodo Marmarosa

Born: 
12/12/1925
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Died: 
09/17/2002
Years Active: 
1940's-1960's
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A child prodigy, Marmarosa was a trained classical pianist, but familiarised himself with jazz in parallel and practised with school mate Erroll Garner, another pianist from Pittsburgh. He received the uncomplimentary nickname, "Dodo", as a child because of his large head and short body. He maintianed a low profile late in his career, which has been attributed to mental illness. Marmarosa was drafted in 1954, given electric shock treatment, and discharged in poor psychological condition. Marmarosa last performed in public at the Colony Restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1968. Despite his intermittent career, he is generally considered to have been in the top rank of jazz pianists. At the time of his death, Marmarosa resided at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, occasionally playing piano and organ for residents and guests of the center.