|What Others Say About John Cocuzzi|
Besides having a marvelous ear for harmony, John Cocuzzi has fire, enthusiasm, and speed with the mallets. He also plays fine piano.
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.
As a musician, bandleader and former jazz club owner, I've known and worked with thousands of musicians within the past 50 years. Both as a musician and entertainer, John ranks with the greatest of them. The rapport that he has with his fellow musicians and his audience only occurs in the top echelon of entertainers and reminds me of the days when musicians had a passion for what they were doing. John is completely unselfish, sharing his joy and his talent with everyone. He is a gem!!!
John Cocuzzi is one of the baddest musicians on the planet—certainly the best in the D.C. area, whether it's vibes or piano. I'm glad he doesn't live in Nashville, or else I'd be out of work!
John Cocuzzi and I have been working together for almost 20 years. He is one of the most brilliant musicians I ever had the privilege of working with. (If only he'd find the pedal on the vibes and get a haircut, everything would be perfect.) ;-)
John Cocuzzi is on his way to being the next Dr. John, John Pizzarelli and Lionel Hampton, all rolled up into one, while still maintaining his own "voice" within the world of music.
John is an extremely rare triple-threat instrumentalist on vibes, piano and drums. He's utterly swinging on all three, though I consider him to be the world's swingingest vibist.
Versatility, virtuosity and passion: This is what you need to know about the music of John Cocuzzi.
John Cocuzzi is a musician of unquestionalble taste. He breathes new life into the classic tunes of the 40s and 50s with a style that echoes of the greats, yet creates anew. This cat just Swings!
John is one of the finest musicians I know. He is highly respected by the musicians who work with him. When I have the opportunity to work with John, the level of my playing seems to raise. He brings musicianship, energy, and excitement to the music, which transfers to the musicians who are on stage with him. As his father, I am so proud of him.
I am in the business of producing the best jazz that I can, following Bob Haggart's valuable advice: "Never fool around with anything but the best when it comes to Jazz!" John Cocuzzi is the best jazz vibesman on this planet today.
After watching your entire performance, I witnessed the standing ovation your group received from our guests—something I had never seen before with our other concerts. It was not surprising, as the quality of the music was that of true professionalism and true musicianship...You broke the mold and raised the standards by which all bands will now be hired and looked at for our program.
John Cocuzzi is a fabulous musician and entertainer who can do it all—vibes, piano and vocals. He answers the question of who will replace Lionel Hampton as the world's greatest vibes player.
My partner, Debra Sternberg, and I operate www.gottaswing.com. John has played for us for years and never fails to deliver the goods: GREAT MUSIC that keeps the crowd swinging all night long. His ability to sing, play piano, and vibes makes for a never-dull evening.
My personal thanks go out to John and his musicians for making me look good with little effort or concern on my part.
John is a wonderful player and a nice man. He was a tremendous asset to the 2006 Sweet & Hot Music Festival. Even my 15-year-old grandson loved him.
John is the one who makes the Atlanta Jazz Party what it is. We provide the venue, and he does the rest!
John has helped us to bring high quality music to our community.
If I have any influence on the choice of music at our next show, John will be at the top of the list.
Once you've seen John Cocuzzi perform, you'll want to check his website schedule to see when that “next time live” will be…or buy his CDs so you can listen to this fabulous music at home.
Pianist/vibist John Cocuzzi and drummer Alan Dale believe in yesterday and play like there's no tomorrow.
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'.
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.
John Cocuzzi really swings!
Cocuzzi's vibes tribute to Hampton, "Midnight Sun," was played with a distinctive harmonic approach.
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.
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.
"He plays piano and vibes with an effortless, affirmative touch."
Vaché and Cocuzzi make for an exciting front line.
Thank you for the wonderful performance in Tempe, AZ... It was an extraordinary evening. The people attending were unanimous in thinking it was the best such event they had ever attended... I hope you know how much it meant to me.
John Cocuzzi is one of the most dynamic musicians I've ever had the pleasure to see and hear in person.
Now this is what real music is and should always be!
John Cocuzzi's vibraphone styling was excellent, and he had a great solo on "Honeysuckle Rose", a real barn-burner.
He had [the crowd] singing choruses of “Hey Baba Rebop” at the top of their lungs. He returned to his vibes, like a snake charmer, to change the pace of the set. At that point, I didn’t know whether he was a musician or a magician.
John’s sound reminds me that God is in everything and that He particularly likes to manifest in music. Certain artists—and John is one of them—can capture the essence of a piece of music and then, through their genius, transform the listener’s experience to a higher level. From the first time I listened to John, I have felt that his talent is a gift of the Higher Realms and that his sound has a quality that can enhance our emotional and spiritual state of being. I take every opportunity I can to hear John perform, because he invariably helps my spirit soar.
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