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John Pizzarelli Quartet; Sunday, August 10, 2014

John Pizzarelli Quartet
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“… a supreme musical extrovert.” – The New York Times

Guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli makes no secret of his musical influences: Nat King Cole Trio, Joao Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, and his own father, jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. An unabashed champion of the classic American Songbook standards by Rodgers, Mercer, and Gershwin, Pizzarelli is just as likely to dive into a contemporary tune, as he does on Double Exposure, his latest CD, where he spotlights composers of his own generation: Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and others. John also co-hosts Radio Deluxe with his wife, vocalist Jessica Molaskey, a lively talk program and podcast, featuring interviews and performances with special guest artists.

Growing up as the son of a leading jazz guitarist, it only seemed natural for John Pizzarelli to follow in his father’s footsteps. He began playing guitar at age six. In his teen years, he led a dual life, first playing with his teen-age peers in garage bands, then accompanying his father on professional gigs with major jazz artists such as Les Paul, Clark Terry, and Zoot Sims. In 1990 with the release of his first album, My Blue Heaven, Pizzarelli launched his solo career. He received excellent exposure as the opening performer in concerts for Rosemary Clooney, Ramsey Lewis, and Dave Brubeck eventually winning rave reviews for his playing and singing. In 1993 Pizzarelli was the warm-up act for Frank Sinatra on his international tour, and performed at Sinatra’s 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall.

These days Pizzarelli is well-established as a veteran performer who never fails to enthrall an audience with his intriguing guitar and vocal work. He openly acknowledges his admiration for the great Nat King Cole, and even views his own approach to music as an extension of Cole’s, albeit one that has been updated to include the influences of contemporary music. Rooted firmly in the swing tradition, Pizzarelli enlivens the classic standards with a sureness that happens only with decades of experience and a creative ability second to none.

John Pizzarelli Quartet


DATE: Sunday, August 10, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $27/Adv $32/Door, No Comp Tickets
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227  

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