VIDEO - John Pizzarelli on the legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer
JOHN PIZZARELLI PERFORMS ON THIS WEEK’S AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC, PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 AT 8PM ON NJTV
Broadcast comes to THIRTEEN beginning in March; WLIW21 this spring
February 2, 2015 – Newark, NJ – John Pizzarelli, world-renowned jazz guitarist/vocalist and Paterson’s native son, takes center stage this week in season two of the music series AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC, premiering this Wednesday at 8pm on NJTV.
The series will also air weekly on THIRTEEN beginning Saturday, March 21 at 1pm (check local listings), and be scheduled on WLIW21 in the spring. Preview episodes here.
See the full online article here.
John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer: Live At Birdland
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Their Marital Duality, Mirrored in Melodies
John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at the Café Carlyle
Of how many nightclub acts could you say that you experienced two rich, full lifetimes in the course of 70 minutes? The ability to infuse pop and jazz with a Chekhovian wisdom about life’s ups and downs is the special gift of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, long-married musical partners whose work gets deeper each year... READ FULL ARTICLE
Pizzarelli Duo to appear at Jazz at the Bistro:
A Conversation with John Pizzarelli
For a father and son team who has performed together for more than 33 years, you might think that Bucky and John Pizzarelli would have seen it all...
An Hour With John Pizzarelli
In talking with Capital Public Radio’s Gary Vercelli, John Pizzarelli reflects back on 32 years of work as a professional musician, recounting the influences of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing, Benny Goodman, and his prolific father... LISTEN HERE
World on a String: A Musical Memoir
by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff
John's funny and heartwarming book continues to receive raves from critics and fans alike. With individual early chapters devoted to Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney, World on a String goes on to describe John's exciting later-career collaborations with James Taylor and Paul McCartney. He also touches on his Broadway debut in 1997, as well as his work on the mound in Central Park's Broadway Show League. The book even manages to sneak in his mom's recipe for eggplant.
Reached #1 in Jazz Books on Amazon!
"John Pizzarelli is one of the most entertaining performers you'll ever see on a stage. He's perfection: a musician, a singer, a comedian. And now with World on a String, it turns out that John's a perfect author, too. You're going to love it."
"World on a String is engaging, well-written, heartfelt and insightful. I'm impressed by John's recall - for the way he can recreate a moment and convey a warm sense of all these characters. And I love that he even included Paul Lynde!"
Michael Feinstein, Performer/Composer
"They say great musicians should play, not talk: John Pizzarelli is the exception. His book is as breezy, melodic and lyrical as one of his concerts, and he captures both the love and laughter of a life in music with virtuoso skill."
Mitch Albom, author of The Time Keeper and Tuesdays With Morrie
"John Pizzarelli has the gift of gab in more ways than one. A great storyteller, he can spin the tiniest anecdote about the musician's life into a sidesplitting absurdist yarn."
Stephen Holden, The New York Times
As an author, Mr. Pizzarelli is a natural storyteller, and "String" reads like a long passage of spontaneous inter-song banter.
Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
Revealing/poigant stories in John Pizzarelli's new memoir re: F. Sinatra Jr's unsung role guarding musical quality/integrity of FS's last years.
Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press (via Twitter)
I'd forgotten how it feels to spend a whole day doing nothing for money. All I did was read John Pizzarelli's memoir, which was pure fun.
Terry Teachout, Wall St. Journal - Drama Critic (via Twitter)
I found myself erupting in laughter at least a dozen times. Not what you expect from an autobiography of a guitar player, or an autobiography of just about anyone except Groucho Marx.
Steven Suskin, Playbill
"Double Exposure" from John Pizzarelli
Also available on iTunes.
Double Exposure, John's latest recording, focuses on two distinct styles to make a single fine recording.
"I didn't want to just cover these songs, but rather find a way to present them that was unusual and interesting'" says Pizzarelli. "I think growing up in a household that had two specific record collections became the inspiration -- my father's jazz records, my sisters' record collection and records brought around by their friends."
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