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Allen Vizzutti: Road Warrior

A prolific trumpeter fluent in jazz, classical and more

Allen Vizzutti

Allen Vizzutti recorded his new album, Ritzville (Village Place), in Seattle last fall. That was an unusual move: Although Vizzutti has lived in the area for more than 20 years, he rarely works there. “There’s some jazz here, for sure,” the 59-year-old trumpeter explains. “But the better jazz clubs are for big-name people who are traveling through. And then [there’s] a tier that’s not as inviting for me; it’s more of a young people’s kind of scene.”

Instead, Vizzutti has other gigs-all over the world, throughout the year. A virtuoso who’s as fluent in classical as he is in jazz, Vizzutti can perform chamber recitals in Finland with his wife, Laura, a pianist, then fly to Washington D.C. to guest with the Airmen of Note-both of which he does fairly regularly. He’s also a renowned educator, and much of his heavy travel is to colleges; recently, he held master classes in Nevada and Illinois, and performed with a university big band in Valencia, Spain.

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