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Price: $150.00

MINT CONDITION

BUCKY PIZZARELLI - GUITARIST

Autographed original Al White matte, double-weight photograph of the living legend of the jazz guitar in a recording session, c. 1970’s.

 

Bucky Pizarrelli (1926-    ) was from Paterson New Jersey.  He took up banjo and guitar lessons as a kid and by the time he was 17, he was playing in Vaughn Monroe’s Big Band based out of Boston. He was drafted and sent to Europe, but was back in Monroe’s band in 1946 and played until 1951 with that band.  In 1952 he joined NBC working under Skitch Henderson which after a 12 year stint there he moved on to ABC.  He was hired for the Tonight Show Band in 1964.  He also was Benny Goodman’s guitarist touring with the clarinetist until he died in 1986. The tours included several White House performances for the Nixons and the Reagans.  After Goodman’s death, he played for Bill Clinton.   In 1987 he joined up with fellow guitarist George Barnes and toured and recorded together.  Pizzarelli also worked with saxophonist Zoot Sims, violinist Stephane Grapelli, bassists Jack Lesberg and Milt Hinton and many, many more.  He’s still playing at 92, albeit he suffered a stroke in 2015.

 

Pizzarelli plays a unique Benedetto 7 string guitar that bears his name.  He is able to draw bass notes a normal 6 string guitar cannot reach.