Jazz artist John Bianculli is a skilled pianist, composer, teacher, and a longtime Highland Park resident, who was born and raised in New York City. A multitalented and self-taught musician, he has accomplished much with his music- a mixture of jazz, blues, and more. Thanks to the years he spent studying at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, he became attached to the area and settled with his wife in Highland Park – much to the joy of Central Jersey jazz music lovers.
Mr Bianculli’s composition “Bittersweet” claimed a spot on the Contemporary Jazz Charts top-ten list, and his composing skills were used for the score of film “Lit’l Boy Grown.” He has worked as a pianist for many gifted artists and singers, among them Bobby Watson, Regina Belle, and for more than 10 years, Jeanie Bryson.
His pieces have been performed throughout New York City and the entire tri-state area in restaurants and clubs, including big name venues, such as the Blue Note, the Rainbow Room, the New York Hilton, where he has been performing for two years, and Blues Alley in Washington DC. For nearly two decades, Mr. Bianculli has been an extremely popular performer at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, and, for the past four years, at The Italian Bistro and Lounge in Highland Park. At the Bistro, Mr. Bianculli played solo piano on Fridays, and often jazz dos and trios on Saturdays.
In addition to performing and composing, Mr. Bianculli provides vocal accompaniment and piano instruction. He offers lessons and instruction at his home studio or in the homes of his students, who are of all ages and skill levels. The subjects he teaches include: improvisation, harmony, theory, and composition.