Performing Friday and Saturday
Bucky Pizzarelli began playing banjo and guitar as a young child. He made his professional debut at age 17 when he toured with Vaughn Monroe’s band until he was called for military service. His career spans the years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra to the White House concerts with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams. He was a staff musician with NBC, playing on The Kate Smith Show, Jack Paar, The Johnny Carson Orchestra, and The Dick Cavett Show. He has toured the world with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Barney Kessel, and Charlie Byrd, to name a few. In addition to his solo albums, most notably April Kisses, One Morning in May and Flashes on Arbors Records, he has recorded with many jazz greats including his son John Pizzarelli. In 2005 he was elected to the Jazz Wall of Fame by the American Society of Composers and Publishers. His latest cd, out this year,“The Pizzarelli Boys: Desert Island Dreamers” features Bucky with sons John and Martin and daughter–in-law Jessica Molasky. At the North Carolina Jazz Festival, Bucky is the senior anchor of our multi-talented group of musicians. More info on Bucky HERE.