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John Cocuzzi

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, John was first a drummer, then a piano player, and didn't add the vibraphone until his late teens when he was inspired by Lionel Hampton recordings. Since then, he has performed alongside world-class musicians at many domestic jazz festivals and jazz parties, and at prestigious venues in Europe

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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

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Primary Instrument

Vibraphone

Location

Granite Bay, CA

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Discography

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