10 May 1951, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA. Piccolo began playing saxophones as a child and in his teens played tenor and sang with rock bands. He also sang in the Variations alongside Duke Robillard. With Robillard he was a founder member of the successful Roomful Of Blues, singing and again playing tenor saxophone. From the early 70s, Piccolo was a key member after Robillard moved on and was replaced by Ronnie Earl. The band maintained its popularity through the 80s and Piccolo can be heard to good effect on several of the groups albums, notably Hot Little Mama (1981), Eddie Cleanhead Vinson And Roomful Of Blues (1982), and, with Big Joe Turner, Blues Train (1983). Among other musicians with whom he has worked are pianist Al Copley, keyboardist Ron Levy, keyboardist Reese Wynans, bass player Marty Ballou, guitarist Jeffrey Cashien, drummer Bobby Ruggiero and vocalist/keyboardist Ann Rabson.
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