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John Pizzarelli

Jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli is a technically proficient fretman with a soft voice, charming stage presence, and knack for uptempo swing. Most often performing in a trio setting sans drums, Pizzarelli has found his niche covering jazz standards and American popular song in his own urbane style. The son of journeyman swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, John began performing with his father at age 20 and made his recorded debut with his 1983 release, I'm Hip -- Please Don't Tell My Father. Growing up, John was exposed to the music of such jazz luminaries as Les Paul and Django Reinhardt, and he has justifiably drawn comparisons to both of these legendary guitarists.

Pizzarelli's updated old-school sound caught the ear of many jazz purists early on; notably, in 1993 the John Pizzarelli Trio opened various dates on Frank Sinatra's tour, eventually participating in the legendary vocalist's 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall. Interestingly, Pizzarelli's growing popularity garnered him a lead spot in the 1997 Broadway production of Dream, a tribute to composer Johnny Mercer. His 1998 RCA release, Meets the Beatles, found him reinterpreting classic songs by the iconic Liverpool quartet, while the following year he paid tribute to one of his biggest influences, pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole, on P.S. Mr. Cole. Pizzarelli then signed with the Telarc label in 1999 and released two standards-based albums, Kisses in the Rain and Let There Be Love, in 2000.

Since then, he has recorded an album with pianist George Shearing and celebrated ten years of performing with his trio by releasing the concert album Live at Birdland in 2003. Taking a break from swing, Pizzarelli released Bossa Nova in 2004. Largely featuring the works of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the album showcased the Pizzarelli Trio on such classics of the genre as "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Aguas de Marco [Waters of March]." In 2005 Pizzarelli returned to his usual fare of American standards with Knowing You (though he penned the title track), and, backed by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, paid his tribute to the legend himself with 2006's Dear Mr. Sinatra. With a Song in My Heart, featuring the songs of composer Richard Rodgers, followed in 2008. In 2010, Pizzarelli paid homage to legendary pianist/bandleader Duke Ellington with Rockin' in Rhythm: A Duke Ellington Tribute. The following year he appeared with his father on Family Fugue. In 2012, Pizzarelli released the album Double Exposure, featuring his take on classic jazz standards as well as contemporary pop standards from his youth, including works by Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, and others. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
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Nice one!
He reminds me alittle of mel T
Amazing talent and all around great individual.
sandy.dj2
This bio needs some serious updating.

Technically proficient fretman??? Yeah, I'd think so, since Paul McCartney, you know that guy from The Beatles picked John Pizzarelli to accompany him on his Grammy winning Kisses on the Bottom.
John Pizzarelli is a great talent. I'm so glad that is helping keep the great American songbook alive. I've had the opportunity to see him live in concert with his quartet a couple of times, and he is fun and engaging. As others have mentioned, he and his wife Jessica Mulasky have a wonderful radio program called Radio Deluxe on NPR or the internet.
Wonderful touch. Sounds as if he’s right there in the room with you.
mightyvic0
Love his voice, softly melodic and oddly smooth and sexy.
Just heard him for the first time...LOVE. . . s m a r t lurics and my kind of vibe. Reminds me of my lonftime love, Michael Franks!
Catch John's weekly radio show Radio Deluxe (I find it on local public radio station) with wife Jessica Mulasky if you want to get into standards old to modern and fun commentary on music.
John will be in Chicago (Lincolnshir e ) December 7th - can't wait to see him!
Had the pleasure to catch him live at Yoshi's in Oakland, California what a talent. Great sense of humor as well.
HAVEN;T LEFT A COMMENT BEFORE, BUT THUMBS UP EVERY TIME PANDORA PLAYS JOHN P. LUV HIM, MEL IS GRINNING TOO.
stevelvesq
Two Family House music...the best
he makes it look soooooo easy!
such a pleasure to listen to-- come to Austin, TX, please
LITTLEOLDRHO D E I S L A N D H A S Y O U
Still kicking myself for missing him @ the Clarion in Brazosport, TX. Won a free ticket, too, from KUHF in Houston by identifying his father, Bucky. Too bad they (KUHF) split into 2 stations as now the classical side is lower powered & hard to receive here!
Seeing him in Asheville in 3 weeks. Can't wait!
derfberger
will see him in 2 weeks in Naples Fl, can't wait
First time hearing him on Pandora Radio, impressed I did not think anyone could stand up to Buble! You go John!
cibm757
Fresh, innovative, and cool! Like the music very much.
Wish he'd come back to Rochester, NY. He's the best
My wife and I have seen John perform many many times and have enjoyed not only his singing and guitar playing but also his wonderful stories. John keep up the good work.....
I am a drummer, but have heard this man and a pianist alone and had the pleasure of telling him that you really did not need a drum kit behind you as you covered it all. I also said it would be a treat to be the third wheel in the band,but was perfectly content to sit in the seats and enjoy.
joecarrita
Saw him in person a couple of years ago with his Father and Brother. One of the best concert experiences I've ever had. He came out after and spoke to everyone who waited an took pictures. It was great.
Coquette, excellent example of John's style.
MARVELOUS
I always enjoy his very relaxed, smooth, mellow style. Music is in his bones with his father being also a very talented and well known musician.
So talented. If you have not heard Bossa Nova yet you have to give it a listen.
bkarman
It doesn't get better than this.
very mellow, laid-back style. enjoyed it
anglophile45
Never heard him before. Amazing voice.
luriu
Piz says: "Music is good." I think he makes it so!
I'm listening to John on NPR radio with Mariam McPartland. What a delight! His discussion with Mariam about Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and others really personalizes and brings them to life with first hand stories about touring and recording with these giants of jazz!
Piano Jazz on NPR lets you participate vicariously with these music legends!
i don,t know how old he is but he has the real the deal going on, and he plays great. nise strings.
ackerbex3
He may not have the most beautiful voice going, but he is an excellent stylist. He puts a song across with great style. Hope to hear more of him!
great artist, see him and his quartet in person and you will marvel. Not only is he a great performer, but a great story teller and more importantly, a great guy to chat with after the show. Bucky, his dad, I'm sure is very proud of him and his brother Martin.
cuzinmex
He's new to me and I think he's my kind of vocalist.
clantz3
Wonderful music and style
I love this guy - I first heard him on WNEW radio years ago. Please play more of him.
artgm2000
love his work!

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