Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Mario Grigorov studied classical music until he fell in love with jazz. When he was a child, his parents performed in the Sofia Symphony Orchestra before the family moved to Iran, where his father played in the Shah's symphony orchestra. Grigorov continued to study music intensively as his family moved to Austria and Australia before he settled in the United States in 1992.
On this 1995 episode of Piano Jazz, Grigorov's stunning originality is evident in his own composition "Lost City." He and host Marian McPartland duet on Jobim's "Wave."
Originally broadcast in the winter of 1995.
- "Iconic Smiles" (Grigorov)
- "Prelude and Fugue" (Bach)
- "The Presence of Absence" (Grigorov)
- "Rhymes with Orange" (Grigorov)
- "Wave" (Jobim)
- "Body and Soul" (Green)
- "Lost City" (Grigorov)
- "Wandering in a Maze of Frenetic Feeling, Blue Lines Rushing Down from Jupiter" (McPartland, Grigorov)
- "Nobody's Blues" (McPartland)
- "All The Things You Are" (Kern, Hammerstein)