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PATRICK TUZZOLINO: BIO

Patrick Tuzzolino   is a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist, pianist, guitarist, composer, and jazz producer.

Patrick began performing with seasoned jazz musicians in his native New York during the 1970s, and continued to hone his craft in live venues throughout the West Coast since moving to California in the early 1980s. He has earned a devoted following in cities such as Olympia, WA; Santa Cruz, CA; Las Vegas; Palm Springs and the greater Los Angeles area.

A consummate entertainer, Patrick is best known for playing key/bass accompanied by any sized ensemble. Whether appearing as a soloist or leading a duo, trio, quartet—or even big band—his performance is equally powerful and sincere. Patrick’s repertoire covers the full range of jazz genres plus original compositions. He makes every tune his own with his trademark vocal styling and unique interpretation. Fans and fellow musicians love Patrick for his extraordinary generosity both on stage and in the studio; Patrick gets inside the music and takes everybody with him.

The roster of professional entertainers that Patrick is proud to have shared a stage with includes Jack Jones, Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Connie Stevens, Lanie Kazan, Nancy Sinatra, Hal Linden, Norm Crosby, Dick Van Dyke, Steve Rossi, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Will Smith, Rene Taylor, Buddy Greco, Ray Anthony, and many others. He has also performed and recorded with legends such as Jon Hendrix, Joe Sample, Herbie Hancock, Carl Fontana, Sam Most, Sam Butera, Branford Marsalis, Sheryl Lee Ralph, the Count Basie Alumni Band, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Capp's Juggernaut Big Band and Sarah Vaughn.

Patrick was a featured act at the 1997 Playboy Jazz Festival with Sam Most, Carl Saunders and  Gary Gibbons. Most recently, he has opened for Mort Sahl at the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, CA, and appeared with Frankie Randall, Peter Marshall, Rich Little, Shecky Green and Pia Zadora at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

Renowned as a jazz artist, Patrick can easily step out of the genre as both a composer and performer. This versatility can be heard on the diverse film and television soundtracks he has contributed to over the past 20 years. Many of his songs continue to be used in film and other media on an ongoing basis. In 2002 he won a 2nd place Maddy Award for his vocal work on the “Do it eBay” campaign.

Patrick’s recording of the song “It’s Just a Question of Time” is a permanent part of the Animoto music library, and has been used by countless businesses and organizations for marketing and other endeavors. 

Discography:

  • Spirit of One (1998)
  • Eclection (2001)
  • Patrick Tuzzolino Live (2006)

Recording credits:

  • Wayne Powers & His Hoi Polloi: “Plain Old Me” (guitar) 1993
  • Keely Smith: “Swing, Swing, Swing” (guitar and background vocals) (“Palm Springs Jump”) 2000
  • Ray Anthony & His Big Swing Band: “Swing Club” (featured vocalist) 1999
  • Jack Spectacular: “Happy Hour” (featured vocalist) 2004
  • Joel Evans & Friends: Swingin’ Big Band Session (featured vocalist) 2005
  • Joel Evans& Friends: Las Vegas Swing, Lounge, Jazz (featured vocalist) 2006
  • Tim Hauser (lyricist “My Funny Valentine”)

Patrick has been featured vocalist and created musical arrangements for both film and television:

FILM:

  • Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde (HBO – 1993)
  • Death Wish V: The Face of Death   (Allan Goldstein – Damian Lee/21st Century Film - 1994) (writer/performer "Far Away Love")
  • Multi-Facial (Vin Diesel, Director, One Race Productions - 1995) (performer “Don’t Waste No ime”)
  • Tree's Lounge (Steve Buscemi, Director, MCA - 1996) (writer/performer “Tellin’ the Dice How to Roll”)
  • Weapons of Mass Distraction (HBO - 1997) (writer/performer “Hurricane” ; performer “More – Reprise”)
  • Stag (Gavin Wilding, Lion’s Gate Films - 1997) (performer “That’s No Lie” and “You”)
  • Strays (Vin Diesel, Director – One Race Productions -1997 Sundance Dramatic Competition) (score & five songs)
  • On the Second Day of Christmas (ABC Films for Lifetime Network - 1997). (1 song)    
  • Eight Days a Week (Michael Davis, Underdog Productions -1997 Slamdance Audience Choice Award) (2 songs)                        
  • Just In Time (Shawn Levy, Leucadia Film Corp. - 1997)
  • Fall (Eric Shaeffer dir, Five Minutes Before the Miracle – 1997)  (1 song)
  • I Think I Do  (Brian Sloan, Danger Filmworks  -1998 independent release) (5 songs)  
  • Jerry & Tom (Miramax - 1998) (3 songs)                                                                                     
  • A Short Wait Between Trains (Rick Wilkinson, dir; AFI -1998) (performer “Going Home for You”)
  • Angel Eyes  (Jennifer Lopez; Warner Bros - 2001) (performer “This is for You”)
  • American Reunion (O’Hara/Klein Productions, 2001) (writer/performer “Never Gonna Leave”)
  • Say It Isn’t So ( Heather Graham - 2001) (writer/performer "Talking To The Dice" ; performer: "It's Cold and Blue" )
  • My First Mister (Albert Brooks, dir. Christina Lahti - 2001) (performer “Don’t Look Now)
  • The Whole Shebang (Bridget Fonda, Stanley Tucci, 2001 release) (write/performer "Tellin' The Dice How To Roll", "Fuggeddaboutit"; performer: "Nothing But The Best", "You")  
  • Never Again (Eric Shaffer, director,.w Jill Clayburg, 2002) (1 song)
  • Van Wilder (Myriad Pictures – 2002) (writer/performer: "Don't Look Now")
  • Gentleman B. (Terminal Bliss Pictures – 2003) (appeared on camera)
  • Happy Hour (Jack Spectacular, Anthony LaPaglia – 2004) (performer “Borrowed Light,” “Waiting for Days.”)
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  • Rent Control (ABC Family Movies  - 2005) (performer “Back to Love”)                             
  • Guess Who (Bernie Mac, Sony Pictures - 2005)  (performer “I'm in the Mood for Love”)
  • In the Mix (Twentieth Century Fox - 2005 (writer/performer “Talking to the Dice”)
  • Fred and Vinnie (Fred Stoller – 2011) (writer/performer “Each Other”)

TELEVISION:

  • Felicity (soundtrack “Cyclone”)
  • Entourage (soundtrack)
  • Home Team (soundtrack)
  • Moesha (soundtrack)
  • King of Queens (appeared on camera)
  • The Sopranos (soundtrack)
  • Black Sash                                                                                               
  • Everwood                                                                                                
  • Don't Look Now                                                                                                              
  • Mind of the Married Man Moon                                                                        
  • The District                                                                                    
  • Bull                                                                                                                                    
  • That's Life
  • The Proud Family
  • American Heiress (appeared on camera)
  • Lion King (appeared on camera)
  • Crash and Burn (appeared on camera)
  • Sundance Kids (soundtrack “Waiting for Days”)
  • Big Shots (appeared on camera)
  • Greek
  • Brothers & Sisters

COMMERCIALS:

  • Nike
  • Miller Lite
  • Bud Lite
  • Skintimates
  • Cheetos
  • UPS
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Lexus
  • Do it eBay (2002– 2nd Place Maddy Award)
  • Intel Moving Day (2003)
  • Life Cereal (2005)
  • Ciroq (P. Diddy - 2008)