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Guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli is one of those cats that has been at it for over 50 years, keeping that mainstream and traditional jazz alive for audiences around the world. Exodus to Jazz is bringing Bucky here a rare Rochester appearance this Saturday, September 22nd, at the Hochstein Performance Hall. Pizzarelli brings his trio of bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott and vibraphonist/drummer Chuck Redd for the ETJ concert.

image from benedettoguitars.comIn addition to work on television, Bucky Pizzarelli has has worked with a long list of musicians Pizzarelli over his career, including Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Bucky is the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and bassist Martin Pizzarelli, whom he also works with from time to time. Pizzarelli looks to Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps as influences on his style of playing his seven-string guitar (the extra string is used to play a bass line on his solos). Although known for his playing an archtop, Bucky is also an accomplished classical guitarist.

Even well after passing the age of 85, Bucky Pizzarelli maintains an active tour schedule and ,as Jose DaCosta wrote in his release about the concert, the "joy with which he plays and shares stories of his journey ensures a memorable experience for the Exodus To Jazz audience." Here's the skinny on Saturday's performance:

  • Venue: Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester, NY
  • Concert Time: 8:00 PM, doors at 7:00 PM; 2 one-hour sets with a 20-minute intermission 
  • Tickets
    • Advanced Sales: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25  
    • At the Door: Patron - $42; Premium - $32; General Admission - $27 
    • Ticket Outlets: Advances Sales: Onsite at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse); Online at At the Door: At each venue beginning 7:00pm, night of concert

And here's a recent video of Bucky at the Atlanta Jazz festival in April doing These Foolish Things:


This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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