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
ESPN NBA theme song reimagined - Vote for John!
What would the ESPN NBA theme song sound like if remixed by a wide range of recording artists from different genres? You're about to find out.
ESPN has teamed up with eight differents artists, each of which have recorded their own version of the theme song, and the one you deem the best will be featured on ESPN's broadcast of the Spring NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 15. Listen to the songs below and then rank them!
NPR's “Fresh Air” ran an entertaining interview with John on December 13th. Listen here on NPR's Fresh Air website or download the podcast.
World on a String: A Musical Memoir
by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff
Behind the scenes in the life of a musician—an exuberant, entertaining memoir from jazz guitarist, singer, and raconteur John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur of American song who grew up among the legends of jazz. From teenage explorations of rock music to life on the road with his father, he worked his way from gigs in tiny clubs to opening for Frank Sinatra during his final international tour. Now Pizzarelli performs in festivals and top venues across the United States and the world, and he shares his unique journey in this revealing, charming, and heartwarming memoir.
# 8 Jazz on iTunes!
"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
CLICK HERE for an entertaining interview with John about the book, his career, and
New Music From John Pizzarelli - Available Now on Amazon!
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."
LISTEN TO TRACKS
Be sure to connect with John on his Facebook Fanpage.
John playing "I Got Rhythm" ... wait for the end...
Watch the making of Double Exposure
Read the review just in on John's upcoming new release DOUBLE EXPOSURE.
Hear John on the new Paul McCartney release "Kisses On the Bottom". Read more here.
Watch the live iTunes concert with Paul McCartney at the legendary Capitol Studios featuring John Pizzarelli on guitar at PaulMcCartney.com.