Billed as the Jazz Guitar Summit, this marvelous trio features the extraordinary guitar-picking talents of Howard Alden, Gerry Beaudoin and legendary jazz icon Bucky Pizzarelli, who at 85 shows no sign of slowing down or putting away his axe to act solely as an elder statesman of the jazz community.
Instead of retiring, Pizzarelli has instead enlisted the talents of two like-minded comrades who represent younger generations of jazz guitar masters, and together they’ve gone out on the road playing standards and show tunes to the delight of the jazz-loving public.
Kicking off the evening’s second show with Jerome Kern’s “All The Things You Are,” the trio presented a hand full of classic gems in both round-robin and group contexts. The intimate feeling between the audience and the performers within the Van Dyck was more akin to a house concert among friends rather than a typical club concert. Many in the audience were of the age to remember when Pizzarelli used to do week-long stints at the venue back in the ’60s and ’70s.
Though all three guitar greats played within the same musical genre, each had a distinctive sound very much their own. Finishing the night with Pizzarelli’s signature song, the Fat Waller classic “Honeysuckle Rose,” the trio was full of smiles with Pizzarelli taking the lion’s share of the soloing.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk