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This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

Read "This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some famous jazz Fathers and their children, along with a look at who played in town that week. Playlist Sue Maskaleris “The Big ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli: Dean Of The Seven-String

Read "Bucky Pizzarelli: Dean Of The Seven-String" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Close to 65 years ago a 17 year-old guitarist named John “Bucky" Pizzarelli was tapped by big band leader Vaughn Monroe to sit in for a weekend. As a result, the jazz world gained what was to become one of its most significant practitioners, one who continues to perform and share his wisdom with a modesty that belies his stature. Born in Paterson, NJ, Pizzarelli is part of a tradition of great guitarists from that state that includes Tony Motolla, ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli Performing at the Smithsonian Under a Cloud

Read "Bucky Pizzarelli Performing at the Smithsonian Under a Cloud" reviewed by Erik R. Quick

The Statesmen of Jazz with Bucky Pizzarelli Smithsonian Jazz Café Washington D.C. April 6, 2007

Washington, D.C. consistently limps and trips from scandal to outrage. It is never surprising when yet another committee is formed to investigate the depths of the city's shallow political waters. The venerable Smithsonian Institution is not immune from such controversy. Although the rest of the country may think that the almost $700 million in annual government funding is utilized ...

FILM REVIEWS

Bucky Pizzarelli: Favorite Solos... Featuring Frank Vignola

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Bucky Pizzarelli Favorite Solos... Featuring Frank Vignola Mel Bay 2005

Bucky Pizzarelli, a first call guitarist for decades, meets the young, versatile guitarist Frank Vignola on this studio session made for DVD. The veteran 7-string player, who previously recorded a duo session with Vignola for Hyena (Moonglow), has developed a distinctive sound that is quickly identifiable. Although a generation younger, Vignola, who is introduced by Pizzarelli as the “American version of Django," ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola: Moonglow

Read "Moonglow" reviewed by Andrew Velez

At least as evidenced by this collection of guitar duets, nothing but a mere few decades would seem to separate Bucky Pizzarelli (b. 1925) and Frank Vignola (b. 1965). Pizzarelli's lengthy resume includes years as a studio musician beginning in the '50s, touring with Benny Goodman, a celebrated guitar partnership with George Barnes, and popular stops along the way with Bobby Hackett and Bob Wilber, among others. Vignola, playing a six-string archtop guitar (and sometimes banjo), has always been a ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli: Flashes: A Lifetime in Words and Music

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Veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli's latest is a master class in the art of the popular American song as interpreted by someone who's spent a lifetime perfecting the language of swing. Combining solo guitar and spoken reminiscences, Pizzarelli retraces his long career through exquisite renditions of standards associated with colleagues and mentors like Henry Mancini, Richard Rodgers, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. He also proves his dexterity beyond straight swing by tackling a trio of early jazz ...

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Bucky Pizzarelli: One Morning in May

Read "One Morning in May" reviewed by Mike Neely

One Morning in May is Bucky Pizzarelli?s second exquisite solo guitar outing for Arbors Records. This disc follows April Kisses, reviewed in AAJ?s August 2000 general review listing (see archives). Both recordings focus on standards, older standards, mostly from the 1920s to the1940s. These two CDs belong among the essential recordings of jazz guitar.

On One Morning in May Pizzarelli plays in a heartfelt, swing style. The line-up of composers includes Bix Beiderbecke, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Richard ...


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