The notes, the sounds, that famous smile, were all gloriously and heroically present as Gianni Valenti announced “Bucky’s Back” to a standing room only (and standing) Birdland audience last night. It was akin to seeing a ball player like Mickey Mantle, getting on in his years, return after a possible career ending injury, come back – and then hit a home run. The crowd cheered and teared for Bucky Pizzarelli at this triumphant evening. He wowed everyone with his undiminished virtuosity, musicianship and personality, in this, his 90th year. Bucky’s back, and his music will live forever.
Bucky was joined on stage by legendary radio personality Doug McIntyre, Martin Pizzarelli, bass, Ed Laub, guitar/vocals, Ken Peplowski, clarinet/comedy, Konrad Paszkudzki, piano, Dag Markhus, drums, and icon Barbara Carroll, vocals & piano.
(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)