I’ve already included a John Pizzarelli song in the 350 Jersey Songs series (“I Like Jersey Best,” naturally). And I’ve included a performance by his father, Bucky Pizzarelli, too (“C Jam Blues,” with Les Paul and Tal Farlow). But I came across the TV clip below and couldn’t resist adding it, as well.
I don’t know what the show is, or what year the clip is from(though I’d guess early 1980s). Whatever its origin, it’s just an amazingly dextrous guitar duet on the jazz standard, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” The two seem to be reading each other’s minds, as only family members can, throughout.
Bucky, 89, and John, 55, are both still actively performing (though only rarely playing together). Among Bucky’s upcoming appearances is his annual “Guitar Summit” (with Frank Vignola, VinnyRaniolo and Ed Laub) at the free Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival, Saturday at Morristown Green.
New Jersey celebratedits 350th birthday lastyear. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are markingthe occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.