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Bucky Pizzarelli
Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli
ď[I]tís really not technique. Itís just playing the guitar. ItísÖjust putting your fingers on a fingerboard.Ē
   -- Bucky Pizzarelli
This edition of Billy Taylorís Jazz At The Kennedy Center features the lyrical and unabashedly swinging sound of legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. This New Jersey nativeís mastery of the seven-string guitar is unparalleled; his skills have continued to shine throughout a stellar career encompassing stints with jazz giants like clarinetist Benny Goodman, saxophonist Zoot Sims and violinist Stephane Grappelli. More recently, heís performed superb duets with his son, guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli, Jr. Such rich and varied experiences make for both stimulating conversation and equally engaging musical encounters with the Billy Taylor Trio.

On-demand audio from this show:
Listen to Bucky talk about his introduction to the guitar.
Listen to Bucky explain how he acquired his first seven-string guitar.
Listen to Bucky talk about how the legendary Charlie Christian influenced his playing.
Listen to Bucky talk about playing with his guitar-playing son John Pizzarelli.

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