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Mahogany Rush

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Mahogany Rush
Also known asFrank Marino & Mahogany Rush (1980)
Frank Marino (1980-present)
OriginMontreal, Canada
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, funk rock
Years active1970–present
LabelsNine Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Columbia Records, Just a Minute Records
MembersFrank Marino
Peter Dowse
Mick Layne
Josh Trago
Past membersPaul Harwood
Jimmy Ayoub
Phil Bech
Johnny McDiarmid
Vince Marino
Timm Biery
Claudio Daniel Pesavento
Dave Goode

Mahogany Rush is a Canadian rock band led by guitarist Frank Marino. The band had its peak of popularity in the 1970s, playing such venues as California Jam II together with bands such as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Heart. Mahogany Rush formed in Montreal during 1970.[1]

The band is perhaps best known for Marino's soaring lead guitar which bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix. Long term members of the band have included bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jimmy Ayoub, and Frank's brother Vince on guitar; Frank Marino is the sole continuous member of the band. Starting in the late 1970s, the group recorded and toured as Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.

Musical style

The music of Mahogany Rush is diverse, ranging from genres such as blues rock, psychedelic rock, and funk rock (styles which are most prevalent on the group's early releases), to a more standard hard rock/heavy metal style in their later career. Marino himself has described the band's sound as "The Grateful Dead meets jazz".[2]


Current members
  • Frank Marino – vocals, guitars, keyboards (1969–present)
  • Mark Weber – bass (2008–present)
  • Mick Layne – guitars (2000–present)
  • Avi Ludmer – violin, guitar (2004–present)
  • Dave Goode – drums (2000–present)
Former members
  • Paul Harwood – bass (1973-1985)
  • Jimmy Ayoub – drums, percussion (1970-1982)
  • Phil Bech – piano (1970-1974)
  • Johnny McDiarmid – organ (1970-1974)
  • Vince Marino – guitars (1980-2000)
  • Timm Biery – drums (1982-2000)
  • Claudio Daniel Pesavento – keyboards (1982-1989)
  • Josh Trager – drums (early 2000s)
  • Peter Dowse – bass (1990–early 2000s)



  1. ^ Larkin, Colin, (Ed.) (2006). "Mahogany Rush." In Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199726363. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Billboard, Allmusic

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