Legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli dies from coronavirus

The New Jersey native had a career that spanned eight decades. He showed off his musical chops for former presidents like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and played alongside musical icons like Frank Sinatra.

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John “Bucky” Pizzarelli after being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame during the 2011 induction ceremony in Newark, New Jersey.

John “Bucky” Pizzarelli acknowledges the applause after being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame during the 2011 induction ceremony in Newark, New Jersey.

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SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — Jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who was inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 94.

The virtuoso who had played for presidents at the White House during his long and esteemed career died Wednesday at his home in Saddle River, New Jersey.

His family tellsThe New York Timesthey believes the cause of death was the coronavirus. And the Bergen Record reports that Pizzarelli tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

“There will be some kind of tribute as soon as we can all get within 6 feet of each other,” his son John Pizzarelli, also a renowned jazz artist,told the Bergen Record on Thursday.

Pizzarelli was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and had a career that spanned eight decades. He showed off his musical chops for former presidents like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and played alongside musical icons like Frank Sinatra.

“Jazz guitar wouldn’t be what it is today without Bucky Pizzarelli,” said jazz guitarist Frank Vignola. “He and Freddie Green were responsible for a style of rhythm guitar playing that has lasted until 2020.”

Pizzarelli most recently played Chicago in 2017 with a sold-out gig at the Jazz Showcase.

Pizzarelli died with his wife, Ruth, his son Martin, and his caregiver at his side.

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