[image-1] It was a magnificent solo performance from Italian jazz/classical pianist Enrico Pieranunzi last evening (May 30) — the first of several from him and guests during this week’s Wachovia Jazz Series events. He kicked ass on the keys (can you use such a phrase in a “jazz/classical crituque?”) during his program at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center.

Tonight (May 31), he plays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with bassist John Patitucci (see pic at right). [image-2]The pair join Pieranunzi’s longtime drummer Joey Baron for a full-band performance at the Cistern on Sat. June 2. Check out a full live review of this and all of this year’s Wachovia Jazz concerts on City Paper’s web coverage of the jazz, blues, and roots music events (here).