Vocalist Denise Donatelli and guitarist John Pisano are to receive the prestigious awards. Donatelli is to receive the L.A. Jazz Society's 29th Annual Jazz Tribute Awards and Concert Jazz Vocalist Award" and Pisano to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award," on Oct. 21.
John Pisano began his musical career playing the piano, and at age 14, he took up the guitar. Despite his exceptional accomplishments as soloist in his early professional years, Pisano favored and chose the role as supporting player which he says is his “comfort zone.”
Over the years, he recorded and played with such jazz legends as Benny Goodman but his greatest commercial success came with his many years with the Herb Alpert band when he recorded and published some of his own compositions. Pisano has left an indelible mark on the history of jazz guitar and continues to influence the jazz guitar community today and is being awarded for his weekly guitar night that the acclaimed jazz guitar virtuoso hosts with some of the best guitarists in the world at his weekly guitar night event in Southern California.
Described as “a musician’s singer,” jazz singer, Denise Donatelli first revealed a music inclination when she picked out “Silent Night” on the piano at the age of three. At six, she was a winner at the National Music Federation piano competition, and 14 years of classical piano study followed. Today, Denise is critically acclaimed as one of the most interesting and important jazz singers on the scene today. Her 2010 release When Lights are Low, which received Grammy Nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album, confirms Denise’s status in the upper echelons of talented and engaging jazz artists in the country.
The Los Angeles Jazz Society is also honoring Wayne Shorter, a multiple Grammy Award winner, composer and saxophonist. The honors will be handed out at the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City.
The Annual Jazz Tribute Awards Dinner & Concert was established to recognize and honor Los Angeles based artists for their contributions in furthering the art form of jazz. This major fund-raising event attracts musicians and jazz lovers from all over Southern California and supports the general operations of the organization and its education programs.