March 14, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Legendary jazz guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden will perform in concert on Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The performance is the culmination of this semester's Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series at Bucknell, a series made possible by generous funding from the Weis family.

Their performance should feature many traditional jazz standards in the duo's trademark swinging style.

Pizzarelli and Alden, who played background in Woody Allen's film, "Sweet and Lowdown," have been playing together since 1991. Their first recording together is "In a Mellow Tone," an assortment of classic tunes that work well with two seven-string guitars.

John 'Bucky' Pizzarelli began his professional career in 1943 at 17, playing in the Vaughn Monroe dance band.

For many years, he was seen on television when he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the "Tonight Show." He also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman into the 1980s.

His recordings as leader began to appear in the 1970s with recordings like "Green Guitar Blues."

He has performed at the White House with artists including Benny Goodman for President Ronald Reagan and President Bill Clinton.

Howard Alden began playing at age 10, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps.

After moving to New York City in 1982, he performed both as soloist and accompanist with artists including Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski.

Alden was voted "Best Emerging Talent-Guitar" in the first annual JazzTimes critics' poll in 1990, and "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in the 1992, 1993,1995 and 1996 Downbeat critics' poll.

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Posted March 14, 2008