Magazine article IAJRC Journal


Magazine article IAJRC Journal


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JFC MUSIC (No Number)

Frank Cocuzzi (vcl, d, per) John Cocuzzi (vcl, p) Bruce Swaim (ts,fl) Steve Wolf (b). Falls Church, VA, probably 2006.

Oh, Lady Be Good/I Found A New Baby/Spanish Eyes/Willow Weep For Me/Medley: On The Sunny Side Of The Street & When You're Smiling/The Way You Look Tonight/Moonlight In Vermont/Mack The Knife/Shadow Of Your Smile/S'Wonderful/ The Joint Is Jumpin'. TT 51:27

Here's a handful of easy listening vocals by a couple of talented jazz musicians who play in and around Washington DC and appear at various other locales up and down the Eastern seaboard - Frank Cocuzzi, the father who plays drums and John Cocuzzi, the son who plays both piano and vibraphone.

They routinely sing in their live presentations, as do many jazz guys to add color to mostly instrumental programs for both listening and dancing audiences. So, this is a vocal recording that will allow many of their fans to enjoy this other side of their talents. Swaim, on tenor, however, is the unsung hero of this recording - his rich lush inventive horn is everywhere - behind, ahead, under the boys' vocals as well as delivering outstanding solos. This CD by the Cocuzzis is in the well established tradition of jazz players singing for their supper - Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Fats Waller, Bobby Troup, and even the stern Benny Goodman, on a few tunes.

Frank began his career with the United States Marine Corps Band, which has a healthy jazz component, and then began a music teaching career in Fairfax County VA public schools, but kept on playing drums and singing with his son, John, working with various area jazz groups, and appearing with many world class musicians at various festivals. …

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