Cookie on Piano? When the Past Becomes the Future

Before I was an audio engineer I was a full time musician and music teacher. I had aspirations for a career composing soundtracks, playing jazz and performing in orchestral situations. When I started the studio, it was really to have a place to make recordings for ‘the band’ — isn’t that why everyone builds a […]

What’s So Special About the 1885 Steinway?

I remember the day I said to Sheldon Smith,  “I want an instrument that Arthur Rubinstein and Art Lande would be happy playing”. It took Sheldon a year to find and a year to rebuild the instrument that would eventually land at my home.   Sheldon Smith was a master piano technician who specialized in Steinway piano restoration. It took him […]

We Called Him Dino

If you’ve ever wondered why I become a recording engineer, here’s my “origin story”: Gone But Never Forgotten I met Dino more than 40 years ago with him having just moved to San Francisco after several years of his playing trombone with Ike and Tina Turner’s band… and later toured with Tina.  Like many who […]

Cookie Marenco Joins Qobuz Live

Cookie Marenco joined Qobuz’s David Solomon to talk about how and why Blue Coast Records records music. Joining Cookie were Blue Coast Music artists Eamonn Flynn, Fiona Joy Hawkins, and Jenna Mammina. Watch