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John Colianni

John Colianni grew up in the Washington, D.C. metro area and first heard Jazz on swing-era LP re-issues (Ellington, Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Armstrong, etc.) in his parents' home. A performance by Teddy Wilson in Washington attended by John when he was about 12 years old also left a strong impression, as did a Duke Ellington performance (more later).

THE QUINTET

In 2006, looking for an outlet for his high velocity piano improvisations, John formed the John Colianni Quintet. In July 2007, the group recorded its first CD, Johnny Chops (Patuxent Records), which was released this year.

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Read what the jazz world has to say about John…

“Tremendous piano jazz … a phenomenal show stopper … technical skill, warmth, application and understanding.”

Jazz Journal International (London)

“He has a smooth, light-touch style. He flies easily through intricate right-hand melodic lines, and improvises on them, and roams the bass clef with his left hand, combining basic and offbeat rhythms with rich, melodic chord patterns. His left hand harmonic structures are most impressive.”

San Francisco Examiner

“Consummate piano virtuoso … truly individual voice … unerring sense of sophisticated swing.”

Jazz Times

“Colianni's sound and conception is American to the bone; from New Orleans boogie through to jump blues, stride and Basie swing, he not only knew them all but frequently sounded like he was playing all of them at once.”

The Guardian (England)

“He is the essence of a swinging pianist … a sudden flurry of complex runs can be finished before the listener is fully aware of what is happening.”

The New York Times

“Impeccably disciplined, a limitless cauldron full of ideas … eye-opening intensity … effortless swing - Tatumesque.”

Toronto Star

“The best you'll ever hear.”

Mel Torme

“The essence of a swinging pianist … a sudden flurry of complex runs can be finished before the listener is fully aware of what is happening.”

The New York Times

“Acoustic modernist absorbing the pianism of Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson.”

Jazziz

“A brilliant pianist, composer, arranger with exquisite taste, great technique, charming, witty, he has much to bring to the table” and he's got rhythm

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Events

Date Time Detail Price
May27Sun 18:30:00 18:30:00
John Colianni at Moore's Lounge
Moore's Lounge
Jersey City, NJ
$10
Jun20Wed 18:30:00 18:30:00
John Colianni at Stuyvesant Cove Park
Stuyvesant Cove Park
New York, NY
Jun22Fri 20:00:00 20:00:00
John Colianni at Maureens Jazz Cellar
Maureens Jazz Cellar
Nyack, NY
$20
Jun22Fri 22:00:00 22:00:00
John Colianni at Maureens Jazz Cellar
Maureens Jazz Cellar
Nyack, NY
$20
Jul2Mon 19:00:00 19:00:00
John Colinni Sextet at Birdland
Birdland
New York, NY
$35
Jul2Mon 19:00 19:00
John Colianni Sextet
Birdland
New York, NY
$30
Jul11Wed 13:00:00 13:00:00
John Colianni at Midday Jazz St. Peters Church
St. Peters Church
New York

Discography

Johnny Chops

Johnny Chops

Patuxent Music
2008

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Double-D Squad

Double-D Squad

John Colianni
Johnny Chops

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