Ray Pizzi

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Raymond Michael "Ray" Pizzi (born January 19, 1941 in Everett , Massachusetts ) is an American musician (saxophone, clarinet, flute, bassoon, composition) of modern jazz .

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Pizzi had clarinet lessons from the age of five. He studied from 1960 to 1964 at the Boston Conservatory and at the same time at Berklee College of Music . He then worked as a music teacher in Boston and toured with Woody Herman in 1966 . He then settled in Los Angeles , where he took bassoon lessons from Simon Kovar and was a member of the groups of Don Menza and Louis Bellson (1970/71). In 1972 and 1973 he played with Willie Bobo and also with Mocair Santos. Subsequently he worked with such diverse musicians as Mark Levine , Frank Zappa , Shelly Manne , Barney Kessel , Barbra Streisand , Burt Bacharach , Quincy Jones , Milcho Leviev , Lee Ritenour and Charlie Haden . He has also recorded with Ravi Shankar , Madonna , Dizzy Gillespie , Nana Simopoulos and Bob Florence . Henry Mancini wrote his Piece for Jazz Bassoon and Orchestra, which premiered in 1981, for him . Since the release of his first LP “Appassionato” (1975), he has also recorded a number of different albums and presented his own projects at important festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival or in Berkeley . In Europe he toured several times with Götz Tangerding and Christian Stock in the 1980s, and with Wolfgang Lackerschmid in the 1990s . He has summarized his important contributions to the jazz bassoon in the 2008 compilation Bassoon Anthology . He also wrote music for films such as A Golden Opportunity , You and Me and Kumann .

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  • The Love Letter (1979)
  • Espressivo (1981)
  • I Hear You (with Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Hans Hazoth, Christian Stock, Aldo Caviglia; 1991)

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