CONCERTS

11/19/2017 - Haddonfield

Cocuzzi Courtet

Yes, it's spelled “Courtet”: a New Orleans reference to the King and his Court. John and Kristy Cocuzzi love New Orleans! It's not wrong - just different. It's still four.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Background

Together, the Sacramento, CA-based John and Kristy Cocuzzi bring 70 combined years of youthful enthusiasm and experience to the stage! Since they joined forces in 2013, they have been all over the United States and beyond, appearing at festivals, house parties, concerts, and cruises together. They are entertaining to watch, a pleasure to hear, and they put a new spin on many of the old familiar melodies we all love.

John Cocuzzi performs with passion and intensity on piano and vocals. For more than 35 years, John has been entertaining crowds internationally performing alongside jazz and blues greats. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from “swingin’ and burnin’” jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical “fire in the belly,” igniting the crowd with skillful improvisation. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned a nationwide reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist.

Kristy Reed-Cocuzzi has a sultry voice that has thrilled audiences all over for 30 years, and has toured with the Live Lawrence Welk Show throughout the United States and Canada. She is also a member of the “Champagne Music Makers” at the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri, as well as part of the “Wunnerful Women of Welk” vocal quartet. Kristy takes clarinet to a whole new emotional level, especially in the chalumeau (low) register, with a passion and

HADDONFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The church is located near the center of town, just south of Kings Highway on Warwick Road. Tri-State Jazz Society concerts are held in Fellowship Hall, a large performance space with good acoustics and an excellent piano. There is a free parking lot and the church is two blocks from the PATCO station.

CONCERT ADMISSIONS

 $10 First-timers and members of Tri-State Jazz Society

$20 General Admission

High school and college students with IDs and

younger children with a paying adult are free

Pay at the door - No advance sales or reservations

HADDONFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

29 Warwick Road

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge

Map Directions

Photo provided by Kristy Cocuzzi

feel that is both soothing and energizing. She sings with warmth and passionate lyrical understanding, with the theatrics from her musical theater roles. You’ll get Jimmie Noone, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, and Bernadette Peters all rolled into one small package!

Jack Hegyi’s career on both electric and upright acoustic bass has taken him throughout the globe and included three decades on the Atlantic City scene. His contagious, joyous energy is felt throughout concerts when he takes the stage with the Eric Mintel Quartet, the City Rhythm Orchestra, the Barbone Street Jazz Band, and the Midiri Brothers Sextet and Orchestra, with whom he appeared for TSJS in Haddonfield in November, 2016.

Harry Himles has been playing drums professionally for over 40 years, accompanying the likes of Andy Williams, Ann Jillian, Steve Lippia, Jerry Vale, and many more in concert or club situations. He has recorded albums with Latin-style grooves, big band (Maynard Ferguson type) and anything in between.

ON THE WEB

For more about the Cocuzzis and their band visit the Cocuzzi website at https://sites.google.com/view/ cocuzzimusic

WATCH VIDEOS

The following YouTube videos feature John and Kristy Cocuzzi in Courtet in live performances at the 2016 Hot Jazz Jubilee, Sidemen are Danny Coots, drums, and Dexter Williams, bass,

Click the links to view on the YouTube website and then click the back arrow of your web browser to return to this TSJS web page.

“Louisiana Fairytale” https://www.youtube.com/wat ch?v=wMdsia8C28Uch?v=74clV wb-ZHI

“Because of You” https://www.youtube.com/wat






BAND PERSONNEL

John Cocuzzi – Piano, Vocals, Leader

Kristy Reed-Cocuzzi – Vocals, Reeds, Co-leader

Jack Hegyi – Bass

Harry Himles – Drums