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. John is recognized by many as one of the most versatile, talented and exciting musicians to come along in quite awhile. John and his quartet play favorites from the songbooks of Terry Gibbs, Milt Jackson, Red Norvo, and Lionel Hampton. He has earned a reputation as the East Coast's premier swing vibraphonist and is now living in California

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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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