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My View: Miracle on 44th Street – Bucky Pizzarelli Returns To Birdland!

My View: Miracle on 44th Street – Bucky Pizzarelli Returns To Birdland!

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)

Bucky Pizzarelli

Bucky Pizzarelli

Bucky Pizzarelli & Barbara Carroll

Bucky Pizzarelli & Barbara Carroll

Ed Laub & Bucky Pizzarelli

Ed Laub & Bucky Pizzarelli

Martin Pizzarelli

Martin Pizzarelli

Bucky Pizzarelli & Jim Caruso

Bucky Pizzarelli & Jim Caruso

Bill Boggs & Gus Rosendale

Bill Boggs & Gus Rosendale

Bucky Pizzarelli & Doug Mcintyre

Bucky Pizzarelli & Doug Mcintyre

Bucky Pizzarelli & Eda Sorokoff

Bucky Pizzarelli & Eda Sorokoff

Ken Peplowski, Gianni Valenti, Bucky Pizzarelli

Ken Peplowski, Gianni Valenti, Bucky Pizzarelli

Jamie deRoy, Gus Rosendale, Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy, Gus Rosendale, Eda Sorokoff

Bucky Pizzarelli & Bill Boggs

Bucky Pizzarelli & Bill Boggs

Maria Traversa, Jessica Molaskey, Maddie Pizzarelli

Maria Traversa, Jessica Molaskey, Maddie Pizzarelli

Jamie deRoy & Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy & Eda Sorokoff

 

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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