Gino ran Jazz at Kitano for 15 years. He was always welcoming and encouraging to vocalists, and generous with bookings, willing to take a chance on someone new, and encouraging emerging talent.
Gino was born in Brooklyn on 1/15/1937 to Italian immigrants, Luigi and Maria Moratti. He grew up embracing his heritage and being proud to be an American. He served as a Marine for six years with honor.
After serving in the military, Gino began working in the investigative field. He started working as a Private Investigator for the well know investigative firm, Pinkerton. He left Pinkerton to be one of the Founders of the Public Investigative Service. He worked hard and became a supervisor.
Due to his extensive background in investigations, Gino decided to form his own investigative firm, G Moratti and Associates. Gino’s main client was the prestigious New York Athletic Club in New York City. Gino prepared investigative reports for the Athletic Club for many years until the club changed management.
In 2001, Gino decided to form another company to follow his passion, music. He started a managing agency for jazz musicians expanding to include classical musicians. He had extensive background in both jazz and classical music. Gino was a pianist who performed in the jazz, pop and rock genre. Gino was involved in the music industry as a musician for over 30 years.
Through the years, Gino was sought after by aspiring musicians. He represented highly acclaimed international artists of outstanding achievements and also young rising stars in both jazz and classical music. Gino offered professional guidance in a caring and supportive manner.
In 2006, Gino was appointed the Artistic Director for the Jazz Program at the Kitano Hotel in New York City. He was an inspiration in the music community described as “a Class Act”, “A Legend” ... “Strong, Kind, Generous and Always a Gentleman”.
Gino played tennis, loved to drink Italian wines and drink espresso. He was an avid runner who won many trophies in competitive races.
He is survived by his only son, Gary, his daughter in law Joanne and grandchildren Stefanie and Anthony. His passion for basketball was evident every time he played basketball with his grandchildren who adored him.
Rest In Peace Gino - Forever in Our Hearts