Elmore favorite and guitar innovator Bucky Pizzarelli will make a special appearance on the national television special, An American Christmas: with PJ Rasmussen and the Boardwalk Jazz Band. The one-hour special features fresh and exciting renditions of America’s most beloved Christmas music along with new and original holiday tunes.
Legendary guitarist Pizzarelli has played White House gigs under three administrations, worked with musicians as diverse as Benny Goodman, Stephane Grappelli, Bobby Rosengarden, Dion and the Belmonts, Les Paul and sir Paul McCartney, and invented a seven-string guitar so he could include bass lines in his solos.
Pizzarelli will sit in with the rhythm section to perform a new tune written specifically for this occasion. Capturing the New Year’s spirit of reflection, “I’ll Remember It” is about a young man giving thanks to his mentor. “I think it’s important for all of us to acknowledge and remember the heroes of our life,” said Rasmussen, the young composer. “I’m so lucky that Bucky was willing to spend time with me and help me in so many ways. It’s something I will always cherish.”
The show will air between Thanksgiving and New Year’s on more than 160 television stations from coast to coast. It is scheduled to air in the Tri-state area on WCBS TV – Channel 2 on Christmas Day at Noon EST.