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Father and son Bucky and John Pizzarelli have been playing guitar together since the latter was a kid. (Courtesy of the artist)

Two Generations Of Jazz Guitar Tune Up For Father's Day

by NPR Staff
Jun 15, 2013 (Weekend Edition Saturday)

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It's Father's Day weekend — and instead of another tie, Weekend Edition Saturday is getting a slice of New Jersey Pizzarelli.

That's jazz guitarists Bucky and John Pizzarelli, to be exact. Bucky has played with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Stephane Grappelli and many other musical giants. His son, John, has played with his own share of greats, including another guy from Jersey named Sinatra, and George Shearing. The two have been collaborating since John was a kid, and have even recorded a few duet albums together.

"It's a lot of fun," John says. "I mean, it's much better than if he had been a plumber. This guitar thing worked out really nicely."

Bucky and John Pizzarelli spoke with host Scott Simon and performed live in NPR's studios; click the audio link to hear more.

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