"Consummate piano virtuoso … truly individual voice … ."
– Jazz Times
"Acoustic modernist absorbing the pianism of Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson."
"He is the essence of a swinging pianist … a sudden flurry of complex runs can be finished before the listener is fully aware of what is happening."
– The New York Times
"Impeccably disciplined, a limitless cauldron full of ideas … eye-opening intensity … effortless swing - Tatumesque."
– Toronto Star
John Colianni is the pianist with the Les Paul Trio. Les added John to his group in 2003, on the recommendation of fellow guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.
John is also currently a member of guitarist Larry Coryell's trio, and is featured on Coryell's latest cd release. John also performs with his own group, the John Colianni Quintet, in New York clubs, as well as on the road and overseas. John's Trio was the house band on the MSNBC television program "After Hours with Dan Abrams", for that show's final season. (Colianni's band was a special favorite of soon-to-be president Obama, who regularly watched the show's coverage of the 2008 presidential race)
Other notable engagements include over four years as Mel Torme’s pianist, from 1991-1995, touring internationally. Colianni recorded six albums with Mel. Preceding the Torme gig was a stint in Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra, touring and recording for three years (1980s). And early on, shortly after signing with Concord Records, John was a cash-prizewinner in the First International Thelonius Monk Piano Competition. More recently, there have also been numerous gigs (including two concerts at NYC's Metropolitan Museum Of Art) and recordings with the great Rock/Pop idol, Steve Miller.
Recent Recordings and Media/Film appearances….
“John Colianni, Live At Maybeck, Vol. 37” (Concord);
"On Target" (2011), with the John Colianni Quintet(Patuxent Records);
“Montgomery” (2011), with The Larry Coryell Trio (Patuxent Records);
Movie Soundtrack: piano soloist in the feature film, "Revolutionary Road", a 2009 release starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Television: An extensive appearance in the PBS 3 hour documentary, "Les Paul - Chasing Sound", produced in 2005, including live clips of Les and his working trio, onstage and backstage.
Originally from Washington, D.C., John now resides in Northern New Jersey.
John Colianni is a Baldwin Piano Artist