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02/25 8:00 PM & 10PM - $30.00

Les Paul Monday’s featuring Bucky Pizzarelli : The Three Great Guitars

Presented by Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan

Bucky Pizarrelli – Guitar

Ed Laub – Guitar

Walt Bibinger – Guitar

Bucky Pizzarelli

Bucky Pizzarelli Bio:

John Bucky Pizzarelli is a world renowned jazz guitarist who was born in Paterson, NJ on January 9, 1926. His uncles Peter and Bobby Domenick, musicians who also hailed from New Jersey, taught Bucky the guitar.  His career spans over 60 years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude Fiddler Williams, with Presidents Reagan and Clinton add to the list.

His numerous worldwide tours also included performances with practically every jazz legend such as; Stephane Grapelli, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Rosemary Clooney, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd to name a few.  He has hundreds of jazz recordings with every major jazz great, including his own solo albums and work with his two sons John and Martin Pizzarelli.  He is on the soundtrack of Woody Allens Sweet and Lowdown and appeared on PBS with Les Paul and Tal Farlow THE NEW JERSEY JAZZ GUITARS [Filmed at Rutgers University]

Bucky has also been honored with many prestigious awards, which include the Jazz Wall of Fame by ASCAP in 2005, two honorary Doctors of Music degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and the University of Southern Illinois@ Edwardsville in 2003.  In 2002 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.  Most recently in June of 2011 Bucky was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

In addition, he has been recognized for his service to his community and was awarded several honors such as: The Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies: American Hall of Fame. The Distinguished Artist Award of Bergen County, Montclair State University Carpe Diem award for distinguished achievement in the arts and the Lifetime Achievement Award at Centenary College’s Performing Arts Guild.

Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.  Additionally, Bucky recently finished recording Paul McCartney’s new album, Kisses on the Bottom.

He serves on the faculty of William Paterson University, in Wayne, NJ and continues to give back to his community with various performances throughout the state.  He developed his own technique on the 7 string guitar and has written and published 3 guitar instructional method books.  He has lived in New Jersey his entire life and currently resides in Saddle River, NJ with wife Ruth for over 57 years.  He raised 4 children and also has an extensive collection of original paintings.

Ed Laub Bio:

Born in Upper Saddle River, NJ in 1952, Ed began playing the guitar at age 12, first with guitarist and banjo player, Bobby Domenic (uncle to jazz legend, Bucky Pizzarelli) and ultimately a few years later in 1969 studying the 7 string guitar with Bucky Pizzarelli.

Ed graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a minor degree in music.  Ed is currently seen performing in concerts and clubs throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kitano, The Iridium, Birdland, PNC Arts Center, Bickford Theatre, NJ-PAC, Berrie Performing Arts Center, Les Paul Museum, The Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival and regular at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village.

For the past 12 years he has been a consistent playing partner with his mentor and friend Bucky Pizzarelli.  Pizzarelli is the complete jazz musician and Laub complements him perfectly.  All About Jazz

Besides being the consummate rhythm guitarist and accompanist Ed is in demand  as a vocalist and  performs with such great artists as Gene Bertoncini, John Pizzarelli, Paul Meyers, Martin Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jack Wilkins and special guest appearances with the late Kenny Rankin.

In April of 2013 he will be releasing his first CD with Bucky Pizzarelli.

Walt Bibinger:

Jazz guitarist Walt Bibinger?s playing has been described as “Rooted in the traditions of Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Joe Pass, but with a sound and style all his own… “

 He began playing the guitar at age 4, performing professionally at age 12, and began his teaching career at age 16.  Walt’s primary musical influence and mentor was Grammy Award winning guitarist Harry Leahey. Walt studied intensely with Leahey from 1975 through 1990, and also attended The Berklee College of Music.

Walt has performed up and down the east coast in clubs, concerts, clinics and festivals. These include: The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Pocono’s legendary “Deer Head Inn”, The Delaware Water Gap’s “C.O.T.A. Festival”, Bethlehem PA’s “Musikfest”, the “Black Potato Music Festival”, Peter’s Valley “Arts Fair”, and “The Scranton Jazz Festival”.

Walt endorses “American Archtop Guitars”, hand-crafted by luthier Dale Unger, and has been a featured performer at the New York and Philadelphia “Classic American Guitar Shows”. He is also a “Martin” artist, involved in research and development and performing clinics/master classes for the renowned guitar manufacturer.

In addition to performing solo, duo, and leading his own trio, Walt is in demand as a sideman and has appeared with Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Dorough and Jimmy McGriff among many others.

Walt is also busy doing freelance studio/session work, having performed on numerous CDs by artists of all musical genres.  The years 1997 through 2003 found Walt “on the air” hosting a weekly 3 hour National Public Radio program, “The Jazz Listener”, on 91.9 WNTI, Centenary College.  Walt is entering his third decade as a performer/educator and looks forward to continuing

“a life of music.”