Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pat Tuzzolino At His Very Best At Castelli's Ristorante in Palm Desert

Pat Tuzzolino
Pat Tuzzolino

Patrick Tuzzolino
Robert Callister & Pat Tuzzolino
Ron Kastas & Pat Tuzzolino

I heard Patrick Tuzzolino sing and play piano for the first time at the Rizzo/Tuzzolino gig at the Purple Room Lounge last Sunday and I wanted to hear more from Pat. So I went to Castelli's Ristorante in Palm Desert where Pat performs Wednesday through Saturday. My first reaction about Pat proved to be on target. Sitting at one of the high-top tables in the bar area gave me the opportunity to see Pat close-up. He is a terrific musician.  He plays great piano and has a deep golden voice that when applied to great American standards it is hard to not be impressed.  What I especially liked about Patrick's singing is that he does not try to sing like the great vocalists who came before him.  He blazes his own vocal trail in his own unique style. His voice is like velvet, and I am sure that even if Patrick sang names out of the phone book it would great!

Patrick was born and raised in New York City, came to California and became part of the LA music scene.  While in LA he got to play with a lot of the musical greats like Pete and Conti Condoli, Ross Tompkins and Eddie Shaughnessy.  In 1991 Pat headlined in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel Casino playing alongside Slide Trombone player Carl Fontana and the great Sax player, Sam Butera.  It was while Pat was working in Vegas that he met his now long-time-friend, Pat Rizzo. I learned that Patrick, in addition to playing piano and singing,  plays major league guitar and, in fact, he joined Jack Jones at a recent gig Jack did at Feinstein's in New York.  Patrick also has had a long career writing TV commercials and his own charts for some of the classic songs out the of the "Great American Songbook". 

Patrick Tuzzolino is a musical treasure to all music lovers here in the Desert.  When you go to hear Patrick play at Castelli's Ristorante you might want to reserve one of the high top tables in the bar area.  The view and sound from this location is perfect if you really want to be into Pat's music.

Castelli's Ristorante has been around for a long time and it is a great place to dine and hear wonderful music . It has a comfortable feel due to the excellent staff, the food is as good as any Italian food you can get even in the New York area,  The maitre d', Ron Kostas made us feel at home as soon as we entered the restaurant and our server, Robert Callister was attentive and friendly. Put Patrick Tuzzolino and Castelli's on your "To Do" list, you won't be disappointed.

I have a treat for you below, a YouTube video of Pat singing "I'll Remember April" live!


  1. Tuzz is the best there is!!! One correction; Castelli's is in Palm Desert.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. I have made the correction!

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