Legendary jazz guitarist, Buck Pizzarelli has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in jazz history. A native of Paterson, New Jersey, this Superstar has performed before audiences all over the world. A career, which spans eight decades from 1943 to present Bucky Pizzarelli, is regarded as one of the Grand Masters of jazz guitar.
Academy Award winning filmmaker, Woody Allen chose Bucky to play guitar on his soundtrack for his movie, Sweet and Lowdown, a film based loosely on the life of the great gypsy-guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Bucky was no stranger to film and television having spent time as a staff musician with NBC and ABC television with the bands of Skitch Henderson, Doc Severinson and Mitch Miller. Bucky also served on the faculty of William Paterson University between 1971 and 1988.
In his illustrious career he has performed for the President of The United States at White House concerts with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Claude ?Fiddler? Williams. He has performed at the famed Carnegie Hall with George Barnes and Les Paul and also with The Boston Pops in duet with Stephane Grappelli and a solo concert at Town Hall.
His associations include world tours with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Barney Kessel and Charley Byrd. He has recorded with such notable as Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, George Barnes, Howard Alden, Eddie Daniels, Zoot Sims, Joe Venuti, Bud Freeman, Slam Stewart, Butch Miles, John Bunch, Stephane Garpelli and his son John Pizzarelli. He currently appears on Arbors Records with Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Becky Gilmore, Bob Haggart, Jerry Jerome and Ruby Braff. He has a duet recording with son, John, The Pizzarellis, Bucky and John: Contrasts and solo CD?s on Arbors Records called April Kisses and One Morning In May.
A career that started in 1943 with The Vaughn Monroe Orchestra today has Bucky appearing regularly with Rosemary Clooney and Michael Finestein. He remains active in clubs, concerts and festivals exciting audiences, young and old.