Bassist Martin Pizzarelli put together a special program of hand-picked tunes that pays tribute to his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. A member of New Jersey’s first jazz family, Martin’s own impressive career as a bass player spans several decades and includes dozens of record dates and hundreds of concerts around the globe in various formations, often accompanying his father. Among his peers, he is considered one of the most swinging bassists on the scene and a “keeper of the flame” who masters the style like no one else today.
In 2016, Martin decided to form his own trio, which he often expands to feature additional guest stars. His core collaborators are two young and energetic forces of the New York jazz scene, pianist Hyuna Park and clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Linus Wyrsch.
Hyuna Park is originally from South Korea and moved to NYC in 2010 to attend Queens College from where she graduated with a Masters Degree in 2011 and received the Jimmy Heath Award. She is also the 2018 winner of the International Women in Jazz (IWJ) festival and successfully leads her own trio.
Linus Wyrsch is originally from Switzerland and he moved to the Big Apple after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2008. Since then, he has become a highly sought-after instrumentalist and even picked up a Grammy Award® in 2019 for his work with Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats. As the son of a musician (a bassist no less!), Linus has a special connection with Martin, knowing exactly what it means to share music and the stage with family.
The notably guitar-less Martin Pizzarelli Trio pays respectful homage to the famous sounds, arrangements and the legacy of New Jersey’s world-renowned music legend, 7-string guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.