Bucky Pizzarelli Trio at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
May 24 - May 25, 2011
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents Bucky Pizzarelli. Band members are Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Jeff Johnson (bass) and D’Vonne Lewis (drums). Set times on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Tuesday and 5:30pm Wednesday.
For more than six decades, the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli has had a stellar career. He was a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who's Who of Jazz. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand, playing and touring with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Bud Freeman, and Stephane Grappelli, and, later, recording with George Van Eps, Carl Kress and George Barnes. His superior mastery of the seven-string guitar is unparalleled. The beloved guitarist has developed a very personal style that sets him apart. He lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with his wife, Ruth.
Pizzarelli reflects on the changes he has seen in music education and offers some sage advice. "In the old days all these musicians that I knew, they never went to school for music. They learned from these 'professors' and there were a lot of good ones in Paterson. For those who were involved it was a blessing and if you missed it you missed something big. Now they go to school and that's it and they learn a lot of runs. And if they didn't study correctly, they don't know any songs and that's no good. You got to work on that. That is the main thing I would tell a guitarist. You got to go look at the chords and find songs that you like and then play them and then all of a sudden you find the melody and then you got things going."
Still an incredibly active international musician, Pizzarelli doesn't like to look back, but on his forthcoming release from Arbors entitled So Hard To Forget he does just that. "It has violins on it. Aaron Weinstein, a very good jazz player from Berklee, Sara Caswell and Jesse Levy on cello. It is all stuff that I was inspired by when I was a kid. The arranger was Dick Lieb, a fantastic arranger. I connect everything that I am doing with all the great people, events and situations I have been in. We used to listen to Frank Sinatra records with a string quartet and a guitar and bass and we would wear out the record just listening to the little things that are behind the great people."
Whether behind as integral part of the rhythm, on the side as a legendary session musician or in front as a swinging soloist, Bucky Pizzarelli is himself one of those great people in jazz.
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
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