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John and Bucky Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings. Following in the tradition of his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, he has recorded as a bandleader for RCA, Chesky, Stash and Novus, and in 1997 appeared in the Broadway musical Dream, a revue of Johnny Mercer songs. Pizzarelli is among the prime contemporary interpreters of the great American songbook, bringing to the work his signature style and brilliant guitar playing. He has been featured on major recordings along with artists such as James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Donna Summer and Roberta Flack, and has performed numerous times on the country's most popular national television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Live With Regis & Kelly. Pizzarelli continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz. Last May, Pizzarelli became the 11th artist to receive the Ella Fitzgerald Award at Montreal's Festival of Jazz.
Bucky Pizzarelli (John’s dad) is a legendary jazz guitarist and banjo player, who has worked with everyone from Benny Goodman to Dick Cavett. He started his career with the Vaughn Monroe dance band back in 1944, and later became a member of the house band of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 2005, he was inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
Reviews of John Pizzarelli & Bucky Pizzarelli:
- Stephen Holden in The New York Times: “On Wednesday evening at the Café Carlyle, (John) Pizzarelli was joined on guitar by his 87-year-old father, Bucky, in a concert that had the intimacy of a living room musicale. With his quiet, relaxed crooning and wisecracking humor, John Pizzarelli belongs to the cool of jazz, which he infuses with the heat of his good nature and accelerated solos in which his voice and guitar synchronize… The communication between John Pizzarelli and father, with whom he often performs, was especially intuitive and affectionate… The smiles on their faces conveyed a palpable enthusiasm and a sense that there was nothing they would rather be doing. For an hour or so, all was right with the world.”
- Atlantic City Monthly: John Pizzarelli “is a swingin' jazz cat, who has a sincere appreciation for a bygone era in which Frank Sinatra was king.”
- MinnPost.com: “If you weren't at John Pizzarelli's late set at the Dakota on Monday night, here's what you missed: in his words, 'fun with music.' Pizzarelli's playground is the Great American Songbook, old songs by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Nat Cole, Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra and Harold Arlen that don't sound at all dated or fusty when he and his (group) perform them… joyous entertainment without a hint of irony… Singing, playing guitar, scatting along with his own improvisations (his voice becomes a horn, a fifth instrument in the band).”
Click here to watch John and Bucky Pizzarelli performing together at Shanghai Jazz.
Visit John Pizzarelli‘s Web Site For More Details
Read Stephen Holden’s April ’13 review of John & Bucky’s Café Carlyle appearance.
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