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January 25, 2008

Jazz Guitar Master Bucky Pizzarelli in Toronto

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Sound of Jazz Concert Series
Bucky Pizzarelli
Monday, Feb. 4

Pizzarelli Appears as Part of Sound of Jazz Concert Series

Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 2007-2008 Sound of Jazz Concert Series continues Monday, February 4th at the Old Mill Inn with the presentation of renowned jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with special guests Neil Swainson (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums).

Master of the seven-string guitar, Bucky Pizzarelli has been an international legend for more than 50 years and part of the fraternity of musicians who have kept mainstream and traditional jazz alive. At 82 years of age he is considered one the top guitarists in the world today.

As a youngster Pizzarelli, who was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, learned to play banjo and guitar. By the age of 17 he was on tour with Vaughan Monroe’s dance band, taking a sojourn to perform military service in the 40’s and returning to re-join the RCA recording band. In 1952 he joined the staff of NBC working as staffman for Dick Cavett and later played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show.

He spent 1957-8 on tour with Andy Simpkins (bass) and Gene Harris (piano) as the Three Suns trio, returning to New York to freelance and work in the recording studios. He played and toured with Benny Goodman, forming a close association with the musician-bandleader that lasted until Goodman’s death in 1986.

Pizzarelli led and recorded duo and trio projects with Zoot Sims (1976), Bud Freeman (1975), Stephane Grappelli (1979) and his son John, a fellow jazz guitarist. Among nearly two dozen other recording credits are Stanley Turrentine and Ruby Braff.

Bucky Pizzarelli plays a seven-string electric guitar; the extra string (tuned to A) allows him to play a bass line to his own solos. He is known not only for his exceptional solo performances on the electric instrument, but also for his proficiency as a classical guitarist. He is also a Faculty Member Emeritus of William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ.

In 2005 Bucky Pizzarelli was inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame, and in 2002 received a Mac Lifetime Achievement Award.

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