October 27, 2005 |
SOMETHING amazing happens every Tuesday night in Sherman Oaks. In the elegant but cozy upstairs atmosphere of Spazio jazz supper club, you will hear a continuing parade of the world's finest jazz guitarists. Week after week, host John Pisano showcases marvelous musical conversations -- all spontaneous -- between his guitar and those of players of every style and manner. Tuesday night offered a particularly appealing combination with the presence of New York-based Joe Beck.
March 11, 2004 |
One of the great pleasures of John Pisano's weekly Guitar Night programs at Spazio in Sherman Oaks is their utter unpredictability. Some evenings, the emphasis is on the delicate, laid-back interweaving of two acoustic guitars. Other evenings feature brisk, straight-ahead, electric guitar swing. Still others showcase the blues, in all its infinite, colorful variety. But, even given that wide range of possibilities, Tuesday night's program was a one-of-a-kind event.
September 4, 2003 |
John Pisano's guitar nights are high on the list of Southland jazz pleasures -- a series of musical encounters that have sequenced their way through at least three different jazz rooms over the last seven years. Regardless of the setting, the game plan has remained constant: an intimate evening of improvisational interaction between Pisano and another well-known jazz guitarist.
July 18, 2002 |
If the name Pisano registers only mildly to some, it resonates fairly significantly in the world of jazz guitar. Nimble Los Angeles-based guitarist John Pisano was a frequent collaborator with no less a guitar hero than the late great Joe Pass for many years. More recently, Pisano was responsible for organizing a concert series at the old Brentwood location of Rocco's.
September 20, 2001 |
The best jazz bargain in town--John Pisano's guitar jams at Spazio in Sherman Oaks--was especially rewarding Tuesday night. The ever-energetic guitarist, his versatility well-established over the years via gigs ranging from the Tijuana Brass to Joe Pass, was accompanied in the front line by the equally gifted and experienced Brazilian artist Oscar Castro-Neves.
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January 22, 1999 |
John Pisano, a jazz guitarist who wrote some minor hits while a member of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass in the '60s and later worked with jazz guitar great Joe Pass, loves his chosen instrument. "The guitar fascinates me," Pisano said. "There are so many directions you can go. There's always something to do, something to learn." If there's one thing Pisano cares about as much as picking up a guitar, it's listening to colleagues play it.