The legendary jazz guitarist and banjoist Bucky Pizzarelli, was born on January 9th, 1926 in Paterson, New Jeesey, and for more than six decades, has had a stellar career. “The complete jazz musician”, he was a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. He is the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.
Pizzarelli has also worked for NBC as a staffman for Dick Cavett (1971) and also ABC with Bobby Rosengarden in (1952). The list of musicians Pizzarelli has collaborated with over his career includes Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli acknowledges Django Reinhardt,Freddie Green and George Van Eps for their influences on his style and mode of play.
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.
Bucky plays "Limehouse Blues"
“...moves effortlessly from the daunting format of the solo guitar to playing solid, swinging rhythm and single string solos..” Riverwalk.org