John and Kristy’s tribute to artists Natalie and Nat King Cole as well as their signature spin on other well-loved, classic melodies are a sell-out every performance.
The Cocuzzi couple has taken the classic jazz world by storm. John is a master of vibes, piano, and drums, while Kristy has a passionate sultry voice, and plays fabulous clarinet and sax. They bring lyrics to life through dynamic vocal interpretations, bringing audiences on fantastic musical journeys. Drummer Danny Coots is a mainstay on the jazz circuit. He is a festival favorite. And Steve Pikal is without a doubt the world’s happiest bassist! Be ready for outstanding music, humor and energy! Don’t miss them!
Kristy Reed Cocuzzi has a sultry voice that has thrilled audiences everywhere for 35 years, and was featured on vocals, sax and clarinet with Big Tiny Little for 10 years. She has toured as lead alto, clarinet, & vocalist with the “Live Lawrence Welk Show” throughout the United States and Canada, and as a member of the “Champagne Music Makers” at the Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri. You can see her on the television special “The Lawrence Welk Show, Precious Memories”. She is also part of the Wunnerful Women of Welk vocal quartet, alongside MaryLou Metzger, Ava Barber, and Gail Farrell. She has performed on cruise lines, worked with the Temptations, Franki Valli, the Russ Morgan Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Cab Callaway orchestra, the Drifters, and has appeared alongside great musicians including Bob Havens, Arthur Duncan, Sandor Benko, Jack Imel, Kenny Davern, Anacani, Bobby Gordon, Johnny Varro, and many more. She has worked the casino circuits in Reno, Carson City, Laughlin, and Las Vegas, and continues to keep a presence on the national jazz festival and jazz party circuit. Kristy takes clarinet to a whole new emotional level, especially in the low register, with a warmth and feel that is both soothing and energizing. She sings with warmth and passionate lyrical understanding, with the theatrics from her musical theater roles. You’ll get Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, and Bernadette Peters all rolled into one small package!
John Cocuzzi plays with passion and intensity on piano, vibes, vocals and drums. For more than 35 years, John has been entertaining crowds internationally performing alongside jazz and blues greats. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John’s innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin’ and burnin’ jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical fire, igniting the crowd with skillful improvisation. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned an international reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist.
Between Kristy’s beautiful lyrical interpretations and quality of tone and John’s incredible ability to make the piano sing, the Cocuzzis are entertaining to watch and a pleasure to hear. Since joining forces in 2013, they have traveled all over the United States and beyond, appearing at festivals, house parties, concerts, and cruises.