John Cocuzzi

Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: October 26, 1964    

John Cocuzzi

Swingster John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor with East Coast class. With 25 years of professional experience, he plays with passion and intensity on piano, vibes and drums. An intuitive performer, John possesses the proverbial “fire in the belly” that ignites a crowd as he “tells his story” with skillful improvisation through high-energy, spirited solos. John “swings” in any style, from classic jazz and blues to Latin and jump swing; ballads, burners, and blues or boogie-woogie and familiar standards, they're all played in John's dynamic style and diverse rhythms...
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John Cocuzzi is a versatile, talented multi-instrumentalist jazz musician who, with some other very talented musicians, stretches out for an entertaining 60-minutes-plus of solid, straight-ahead jazz music on this very good album, Swingin' and Burnin'.
-- DAVE NATHAN, “All About Jazz”

John Cocuzzi has got to be the swingingest young vibes player in the country. Besides having a marvelous ear for harmony, John has fire, enthusiasm, and speed with the mallets. He also plays fine piano.
-- STEVE JORDAN, guitarist, from his book “Rhythm Man: 50 Years in Jazz”

Vaché and Cocuzzi make for an exciting front line.
-- ALISON KERR, “Scotland on Sunday”

Pianist/vibist John Cocuzzi and drummer Alan Dale believe in yesterday and play like there's no tomorrow.
-- WASHINGTON POST, August 20, 1993

Cocuzzi plays a Forties-era Deagan vibraphone made of steel bars (rather than the lighter aluminum models that followed), and the thing rings and glows like nothing we've heard on record.
-- FRED KAPLAN, “The Absolute Sound”

John Cocuzzi really swings!
-- ERIC BRACE, “Washington Post”

This was our first exposure to JOHN COCUZZI, and he really knocked [us] out. He sang quite well... Cocuzzi plays good drums, too, and his vibraphone work is beyond description.
-- BOB LYNN, “The Mississippi Rag”

“He plays piano and vibes with an effortless, affirmative touch.”
-- BRET SAUNDERS, “Denver Post”

It's been my good fortune to have produced jazz concerts involving John Cocuzzi, and to witness his performances at jazz parties and jazz festivals. In every instance, he has shown to be the consummate professional. His command of a vibraphone and piano, as well as being a fine “shy-guy” vocalist, makes him a triple-threat musician whose enthusiasm and engaging personality brighten any room in which he performs. In short, John is the closest to Red Norvo we have today. And we're lucky to have him.
-- CAM MILLER, Freelance Jazz Journalist
”The Amercan” (monthly); “The Californian” (30,000 daily); “North County Times” (100,000 daily)

Alan [Dale] and John [Cocuzzi] have assembled a pure swing group of classic form that generates a music that is agreeable to everyone, young and old. They reflect the honesty and purity of good, hard-swinging music. These Gentlemen of Jazz are both preserving and invigorating what has become a perishable art.
-- LOUIS BELLSON, drummmer for Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, and others.

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Granite Bay, CA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Piano, vibes, and drums - Jazz, Blues, Swing, Boogie-woogie. Available as touring schedule permits.

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CD/LP/Track Review

Swingin' and Burnin' by Dave Nathan

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