John Paul ‘Bucky’ Pizzarelli (born 9 January 1926) is an American jazz guitarist – a master on seven strings.
Pizzarelli began his professional career at 17 when he joined the Vaughn Monroe dance band in 1944.
In 1952 he became a staff musician for NBC and joined The Tonight Show Band on Johnny Carson’s show in 1964.
He has played hundreds of jazz concerts across the world, including White House performances for Presidents Reagan and Clinton, with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Claude ‘Fiddler’ Williams.
His numerous worldwide tours include performances with practically every jazz legend, such as Stephane Grapelli, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd, to name a few. He has also made hundreds of recordings with all the jazz greats, including his own solo albums.
His children are also professional musicians and he has worked and recorded with them all – jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, upright bassist Martin Pizzarelli and classical guitarist Mary Pizzarelli.
Bucky has been honoured with many prestigious awards in his long career. Most recently, in June 2011, he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
He plays the seven-string guitar – learned from George Van Eps – the extra string providing a bass line.
In this live recording, filmed in New York, Bucky gives us ‘Body and Soul’.