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Great Guitars with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pisano and Mundell Lowe

Thu, Mar 26 -
Sun, Mar 29, 2015




$32.50 ($4.00 Handling Fee Included) Minimum Donation All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.



The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes acoustic guitar super group Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pisano and Mundell Lowe for four nights and five shows. Joining them are Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Dean Hodges (drums). Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:30p, Saturday at 7:30p and 9:30p and Sunday at 7:30p. Doors open at 5:30p all nights.

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For more than seven 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, Vaughn Monroe, 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. A superior guitarist appreciated by swing musicians in particular, Bucky Pizzarelli has been a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early '50s. Self-taught, Pizzarelli has long been a master of the seven-string guitar.

John Pisano has been formally recognized as one of the nation’s finest guitarists. He has an extremely diverse background, having emerged on the jazz scene in the mid-50′s, first recording in 1958 and 1959 with the legendary Billy Bean and a two-year stint with drummer Chico Hamilton (which at one time featured the innovative reedist Eric Dolphy). Even if his name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, odds are that you’ve heard his guitar work. Although John has occasionally stepped forward to lead his own group, for years his “comfort zone” was the background and John became an active member of the Los Angeles studio scene, adding his special touch to groups let by Buddy DeFranco, Red Norvo, Bud Shank and Benny Goodman. Additionally, John has accompanied in concert or recording some of music’s biggest names, including Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Frank Sinatra, Michael Franks, Clare Fischer, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Natalie Cole, Joe Pass Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall. John is a founding member of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass and obtained some solid Brazilian experience working with Sergio Mendes.

Mundell Lowe, the inventive jazz guitarist, is widely admired for his harmonically rich, mellow sound, and frequently referred to as a “musician’s musician.” He has earned the respect of critics and fellow musicians alike for his contributions to America’s most original art form. Mundell has worked with Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Sarah Vaughn, Charlie Parker, and Charles Mingus to name a few.

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