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Sugarloaf Music Presents Jazz Guitar Summit, Saturday, March 3, New York

United States
18 February 2007 — Sugarloaf Music presents the Jazz Guitar Summit with Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini and Frank Vignola on Saturday, March 3, 2007, 8:00 p.m. at The Pavilion at the Lycian Center, Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY. Tickets: $25. For Reservations call 845-258-3019

Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Village Music
  • 31 Main Street, Warwick, NY 10990
  • Phone: (845)988-5225

  • Van Gelder Music
  • 562 Route 17M
  • Monroe, NY 10950
  • (845)774-7224

John “Bucky” Pizzarelli is an internationally renowned man of music. His instrument of choice is the guitar, and his style is jazz. For more than half a century, “Bucky,” as he is affectionately known, has been a part of the fraternity of musicians who have kept mainstream and traditional jazz alive. The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz. He joined Vaughn Monroe’s band while still in high school and later played with studio bands at the major networks. There he distinguished himself as one of the best rhythm guitarists in the business. Not contented with studio work alone, he jammed with and accompanied the best in the pop and jazz world including George Barnes, Stephane Grappelli, Slam Stewart, Zoot Sims, Flip Phillips, and his songs Martin and John Pizzarelli. Dedicated to swing and American popular song, Bucky is one of the most sought-after guitarists in the business, and continues to enchant audiences worldwide.

Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarist active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone and Edye Gorme.

The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearances in New York City the best jazz concert of the year (1999). Mr. Bertoncini’s acclaim is hardly confined to this country. His CD, Someone to Light Up My Life, his own arrangements of the international raves of the including recognition in Brazilian critic’s and listener’s polls, who also named him the best acoustic jazz guitarist. Gene Bertoncini releases include a striking CD, Body and Soul, and his Acoustic Romance reached the top ten of the jazz playlists. Jazziz Magazine’s March, 2004 issue named it #1 of the top twenty acoustic guitar Cds. His most recent CD, Quiet Now, was released in March, 2005.

“Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist who moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar.” The New Yorker

Guitarist Frank Vignola is one of the most highly sought after acoustic guitarists on the planet. At 22, having honed his chops in the NYC jazz world, he was contracted by Concord Jazz, for whom he made four records as a band leader in the early and mid-1990’s. He has toured and recorded with the likes of Bucky Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Dave Grisman, Mark O’Connor and many more. Frank and his close colleague, master percussionist Joe Ascione joined forces in 2003 to form the popular act The Frank & Joe Show. They recorded two successful albums for Hyena Records before independently releasing this year’s Submarine Bus. “the monstrous Frank Vignola”.is one of the most vicious tremolo-pickers on the scene.”
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