Gary Mazzaroppi

Appearing in SIZZLING HOT SWING with Mark O’Connor, Gary Mazzaroppi attended Berklee School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in music education. After graduating, Mazzaroppi toured extensively with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for five years. Since then, he has accompanied many jazz artists including Red Norvo, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Clark Terry, Charlie Byrd, and Mark O’Connor.

As a frequent supporting guest on her twenty five-year PBS radio show, Mazzaroppi has played with Marian McPartland. He has also accompanied the diverse styles of Renée Fleming, Willie Nelson, Alicia Keyes, Bela Fleck, Chuck Mangione, among others. Mazzaroppi performed with both Les Paul and Tal Farlow during a New Jersey Jazz Society’s PBS Special and appeared in a Cinemax Special about Les Paul as well as the PBS Special, The History of Rock and Roll.

Mazzaroppi has performed from Carnegie Hall and Blue Note in New York to Tanglewood in Massachusetts to Capri, Italy. He continues to share his knowledge by teaching and mentoring students, both in college classrooms and private lessons.


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“Gary Mazzaroppi is one of the bass players who leave you wondering how such a talented artist can remain virtually unknown.” -Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather

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