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Les Paul's Pianist, John "Johnny Chops" Colianni, Returns from Swiss Piano Festival with High Praise

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John “Johnny Chops" Colianni, Swings Heavy at the Lucerne Piano Off-Stage Festival 2008 and gains critical acclaim for his performance:

ENGLISH ARTICLE TRANSLATION FROM GERMAN
Neue Luzerner Zeitung
November 11, 2008
By David Koch


Eleven pianists brilliantly open the “Piano Off-Stage.” They all played good, stylish jazz, but one swung above the others.

“Piano Off-Stage”—the piano festival in a festival. Eleven pianists... took part this year, and as an opener, each artist presented a short sample of his/her ability.

A Superb John Colianni
In the case of one of the artists, the crowd was appropriately great: John Colianni. This lion of the keyboard from America is the year’s big draw—a pianist equally at home in the concert hall. Followers of the jazz legends Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum have to be proficient. John Colianni certainly is—such harmonic and rhythmic finesse, paired with astounding technique. Superb! So equipped, his improvisation in the first teaser appearance through stride and swing was exemplary and nicely cool.

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