Long a favorite of fans for his virtuosic hard swinging piano style, Colianni’s resume includes long term stints and collaborations with many jazz and pop music giants, including Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, and Les Paul to name just a few.
Now Colianni shares his even more impressive gifts as a composer, arranger, and band leader with us with the introduction of the John Colianni Jazz Orchestra.
Colianni pulls off the unusual feat of creating true big band jazz that doesn’t sound like a history lesson. This is music that captures the timeless essence of big band jazz – solid blues feeling, great musicianship, and ferocious swing – in new compositions and arrangements that extend a great musical tradition rather than imitate it.
The John Colianni Jazz Orchestra builds on and extends the legacy of big band jazz in a way that is original, innovative.
Next Live Appearance
NEW RELEASE - The John Colianni Quintet, "After Hours" (Patuxent Music).
"Intriguing, eclectic." – BILLBOARD
"He is the essence of a swinging pianist … – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Acoustic modernist absorbing the pianism of Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson.” - JAZZIZ
Consummate piano virtuoso..truly individual voice..unerring sense of sophisticated swing."– JAZZ TIMES
"Impeccably disciplined, a limitless cauldron full of ideas … eye-opening intensity … effortless swing - Tatumesque." – TORONTO STAR
"Tremendous piano jazz … a phenomenal show stopper … technical skill, warmth, application and understanding." – JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
THE JOHN COLIANNI PIANO METHOD
FEATURED IN THE ARTICLE "MASTER CLASS BY JOHN COLIANNI", IN THE
SEPTEMBER, 2013 "KEYBOARD ISSUE" OF DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE.
VOLUME ONE: MAXIMIZING KEYBOARD TECHNIQUE WITH THE MATTHAY EXERCISES
VOLUME TWO: IMPROVISING AT THE PIANO
TO FIND OUT MORE, AND ORDER: GO!
John is also featured in the Les Paul Trio. Joining the group in 2003, John performed regularly with Les in NYC and on the road for over 6 years. Since Les's passing in 2009, John has appeared (with the remaining Trio members) in tribute performances, which include frequent guest appearances by performers like Stanley Jordan, Mike Stern, Jose Feliciano, Larry Coryell, Steve Miller, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Duke Robillard, Jimmy Buffet, Todd Rundgren, Jane Monheit, Bernie Williams (the ex-Yankee), Albert Lee, Blondie Chaplin, Janis Siegel, and Larry Carlton, among others.
(Read more about John’s earlier career and performances with such greats as Mel Torme and Lionel Hampton on the “About” page…)
The John Colianni Quintet's current CD release, "On Target“, is produced and distributed by Patuxent Records (Rockville, Md.), and is JC's third appearance for this label.
Meet Tira! Tira, a fabulous performer, is a world-class Jazz vocalist, and she and John have appeared and toured together to great acclaim. Click on this link for more: TIRA!