John Pizzarelli

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World-Renowned Jazz Guitarist & Singer JOHN PIZZARELLI performs at Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club on Thursday December 15 at 8 P.M. Tickets are available on Jimmy's Online Event Calendar at:

Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club Features GRAMMY® Award-Winning Producer, Guitarist & Singer JOHN PIZZARELLI on Thursday December 15 at 8 P.M. GRAMMY® Award-Winning Producer, Guitarist & Singer JOHN PIZZARELLI joins Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club's 2022 Schedule of Shows which now includes 9 NEA Jazz Masters, 52 GRAMMY® Award-Winning Artists, 46 Blues Music Award-Winners, and a comprehensive list of talented musicians with 575+ GRAMMY® Award Nominations amongst them. Tickets for JOHN PIZZARELLI at Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club, as well as the current list of 2022 & 2023 shows, can be found on and Jimmy's Online Event Calendar at:
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John Pizzarelli and Jesscia Molaskey at Café Carlyle

The husband and wife team of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey have returned to the Café Carlyle for a two week engagement that is as warm and inviting as sitting by a cozy fire. A master on the guitar, Pizzarelli is the son of the late Bucky Pizzarelli, himself a jazz guitarist of the highest caliber (his great-uncles were also renowned musicians, and his brother is a bassist). John is also known for something his father was not, which is that he sings. Perhaps it’s not a voice you might especially write home about, but it’s one that is more than serviceable. Personally, in listening to his recordings over the years, I’ve found it comforting; a low growl that can extend to some lovely high notes with a scat that’s always at the ready. This was my first time seeing him live and his stage presence is both relaxed, present and a total delight. When accompanied by Molaskey, their relationship blooms right in front of you.
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John Pizzarelli sings Frank Sinatra at Axelrod PAC on August 11th

(DEAL PARK, NJ) -- World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed for reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz. Over the years, he expanded his repertoire to include songs by Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles. His interest in Frank Sinatra led him to dedicate two albums to the legendary vocalist: “Dear Mr. Sinatra” and “Sinatra & Jobim @ 50.”
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John Pizzarelli Trio to perform at The JPT on December 16

Spectacle Live today announced that they will present John Pizzarelli Trio on Friday, December 16th at 7:30 pm at the Jane Pickens Theater. John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned guitarist, and singer has established himself as a prime contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond, with a repertoire that includes Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and The Beatles.

John Pizzarelli Trio at the Dairy Arts Center

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

This Weekend • Fri & Sat: John Pizzarelli Trio | Sun: Amina Figarova Quintet

John Pizzarelli Trio featuring Isaiah Thompson, piano & Mike Karn, bass!. World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”. With heroes and influences as widely diverse as Nat “King” Cole, Sinatra, the Beatles, Jobim, Duke...

John Pizzarelli at Café Carlyle

Guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli, like many performers who endured the drought of live engagements during the two-year pandemic lockdown, is finally back live in a venue that suits him to the proverbial “T,” the newly re-opened Café Carlyle. It’s an intimate space that’s also extremely comfortable to be in, helping ensure a flow of reciprocally high energy between audience and performer. That energy was flowing liberally with Pizzarelli and his trio, Isiah J. Thompson on piano and Mike Karr on string bass. Pizzarelli gave a “better-than-ever” performance, breezing handily through a new show entitled, Stage & Screen, songs from Broadway and film through the years.

John Pizzarelli at Guild Theatre

To ascend to the heights of jazz mythology, as John Pizzarelli has, it helps to be a double threat. Pizzarelli’s precise and wistful approach to jazz guitar leaves room for the audience to hear the tension in the strings and room to hear the notes travel for full emotional heft. His voice is evocative of Chet Baker, subdued but full of conviction and smoothness that sells the jazz standards he’s been recording for the last 30 years. The mix of bossa nova chord with lounge wistfulness is infectious and will create an intimate mood for this early Guild Theatre performance.

REVIEW: Straighten Up and Fly Right!: John Pizzarelli at The Dakota

Three looks at singer John Pizzarelli (color) with his bandmates pianist Isaiah J. Thompson (center-bottom) and bassist Mike Karn (center-top). The Dakota was packed last night with hard-core John Pizzarelli fans. Many knew of Pizzarelli through his radio show with his wife Radio Deluxe), followed his regular streaming show It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, and were probably well-versed in every album from the artist’s productive, 40-year career. In the middle of the set, Pizzarelli even commented: “This is my Dream Audience: when I dream at night, this is what it is like.”
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John Pizzarelli plays The Lift at Cascade Village

The Great American Songbook is no longer limited to early 20th century jazz, pop and show tunes. Sure, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin will always be at the top of the heap of the canon of the Great American Songbook as well as the top of the heap of songwriters in general, but with time flying by and so many other great songwriters contributing tunes that have become part of the everyday vernacular, it may be time to loosen the admission policies and let a few latter half of the 20th century songwriters into the club. That would, of course, include The Beatles and Brian Wilson, Carole King and Joni Mitchell and the trio of Lamont Dozier and Brian and Eddie Holland, who wrote a load of Motown mainstays. This admission should also include the people behind hit songs that came out of Muscle Shoals as well as a load of familiar country artists.

John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Remember Dave Frishberg

Sometime in the late 1970s, dog-eared lead sheets of unusual songs started making their way to me through my father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. One in particular was titled “Dear Bix.” It was a melancholy love letter set to song by Dave Frishberg, in which the writer is telling Bix Beiderbecke what a talent he is and how not to miss the world that’s traveling so quickly by. It was unlike any song I had encountered at that time.

John Pizzarelli: A Tribute to George Shearing

On August 13, 2019, celebrated jazz pianist-composer George Shearing would have turned 100 years old. Shortly thereafter, celebrated jazz guitarist, John Pizzarelli, was scheduled to salute the centenary at Birdland Jazz Club. And we all know what happened then. So, two years on, Pizzarrelli has finally mounted the program of A Tribute to George Shearing—a centennial plus two. It was worth the wait. The laid back, charming, naturally quick-witted and humorous guitar virtuoso did George proud. The program reflected Shearing’s mighty contributions to jazz, both with and without son John and father Bucky Pizzarelli’s collaborations with the master.

John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of today’s premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook. He is internationally known as a brilliant fretman with an intimate voice, utterly charming stage presence, and knack for uptempo swing. Through his father and duo partner, Bucky Pizzarelli, John was immersed in the...

The John Pizzarelli Trio at Birdland

What a night at Birdland! The John Pizzarelli Trio delivered a boffo set of incredible music via three preternaturally attuned stringed instruments (yes, the piano is one), with Isaiah Thompson on the keys, Mike Karn on the double bass and Pizzarelli on guitar. “Amazing” doesn’t half cover the sound the threesome produced. From the super-charged opener, a swinging “(I Would Do) Anything for You” (Alex Hill, Claude Hopkins, Bob Williams), it was apparent that this was a group that played so in the pocket their sound was delivered as a single organism. This entrée into the evening also showcased technical expertise, with Pizzarelli’s nimble and flexible fingers moving at speed.

John Pizzarelli Releases Solo Guitar Tribute Album to His Hero Pat Metheny

From the November/December 2021 issue of Acoustic Guitar | By Adam Perlmutter. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020, John Pizzarelli, one of the busiest guitarists in the jazz world, found himself with all of his gigs cancelled for the undetermined future—and without a whole lot to do. At the same time, he endured personal tragedy as he lost his father, the legendary jazz and studio guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and his mother, Ruth Pizzarelli, within days of each other, due to complications from the virus.

An Interview with John Pizzarelli, Who Stars with Catherine Russell in “Billie and Blue Eyes” at Toms River’s Grunin Center on Sept. 26

Grammy Award-winning guitarist/singer/producer John Pizzarelli stars with Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell in Billie & Blue Eyes on Sept. 26, 2021 at 7pm at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Pizzarelli to talk with him about his musical family, his work with such musical icons as Paul McCartney and James Taylor, in addition to his upcoming tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, Billie & Blue Eyes, at Toms River’s Grunin Center.