The smart collaboration—reportedly the first ever—between pianist Benny Green and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli at the Dakota in August was so successful that they return for another two nights that will be taped for a live recording. Although generations apart—Green is 44, Pizzarelli 82—and each a distinctive stylist, they share a delicious sense of swing, delight in exploring the nuances of jazz, and find vivid expression in its traces. Green, a disciple of Oscar Peterson (among others) who gained youthful experience with the likes of Betty Carter and Art Blakey, is especially adept at thoughtfully illuminating hidden facets of both jazz standards and hoary pop tunes. One of the grand masters of jazz guitar, Pizzarelli, who favors the seven-string guitar, has been a force on the jazz scene since the early 1950s, in later years frequently appearing with his son and fellow guitarist John. Together, they should again complement one another splendidly in a repertoire dominated by standards. $25 at 7 p.m.; $20 at 9:30 p.m.
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