Guitarist, band leader, composer, arranger, teacher, Ralph Pezzulo was raised a member of a large musical family in Albany, NY. He studied jazz and classical guitar at Onondaga Community College and Loyola University, New Orleans. He is influenced by a wide variety of musicians and styles especially in the jazz, classical, and rock traditions drawn to both modern and traditional forms. Ralph is currently appearing in a jazz guitar duo with his brother, John and performs with Seven Rabbit Stew jazz quartet bringing his lyrical, thoughtful and emotive style of improvisational music to area venues.
Over the years, Ralph performed with many of the best musicians in Albany and New Orleans including such luminaries as Ellis Marsalis, Tony Dagradi, Bob Sheppard, Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas, Mitch Miller, Bob Hope, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford as well as with the Ice Capes and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performed in a variety of venues including the Starlight theater, RPI Field House, ESP Convention Center, Kansas City Jazz Festival, Superdome (house band for the N ew Orleans Saints), Tipitina’s, Cohoes Music Hall and many hotels and jazz and rock clubs. He performed with a number of groups including the Jubilation Orchestra, Changing Times, Top Hat, Ariel, and Wall Street. Ralph won both group and individual awards in national competitions and first recorded with the Loyola jazz big band and combos.