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John Colianni (born in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American Jazz pianist, soloist, band leader, recording artist and accompanist. Recorded John Colianni (debut album) Blues-O-Matic and Live at the Maybeck for Concord Records. Two Three other records followed, the latest being "Johnny Chops," recorded with his quintet. At nineteen, John toured the world as Lionel Hampton's pianist. Was Mel Tormé's pianist for six years. Has recorded with Mel Tormé, Lionel Hampton, Cleo Laine, Emily Remler and many others. Currently serves as pianist for the Les Paul quartet. Original name: John Colaianni, dropped one 'a' in last name. Son of author/activist, James F. Colaianni.
John grew up in the Washington, D.C. metro area and first heard Jazz on swing-era LP re-issues (Ellington, Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Armstrong, etc.) in his parents' home. A performance by Teddy Wilson in Washington attended by John when he was about 12 years old also left a strong impression, as did a Duke Ellington performance.
In 2006, looking for an outlet for his high velocity piano improvisations, John formed the John Colianni Quintet. In July 2007, the group recorded its first CD, "Johnny Chops" (Patuxent Records), which was released in May 2008....