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Bucky Pizzarelli



Biography

Bucky Pizzarelli is a living legend. His sixty plus years as a fixture on the jazz scene have garnered the guitarist some of the highest praise in the industry. Born John Pizzarelli in 1926 in Paterson, New Jersey, he began his professional career in 1943 at 17 playing in the Vaughn Monroe dance band. In 1952 he joined NBC as a staff musician playing for many years in the Doc Severinsen Band on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman until his death in 1986 and performed at both the Regan and Clinton White House.

Over the last half century Bucky has recorded, collaborated and performed with nearly every jazz musician of note,Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Buddy Rich, and Stephane Grappelli among them. His latest release is So Hard to Forget (Arbors). Bucky is the father of two prominent musicians, the bassist Martin Pizzarelli and guitarist/vocalist John. Chuck Redd, Nicki Parrott and Bucky work often together at jazz events around the country. This is Bucky's first appearance on the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage.
Bucky Pizzarelli