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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Pizzarelli: For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute To Nat King Cole

Read "For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute To Nat King Cole" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

John Pizzarelli's fondness for the work of Nat King Cole isn't exactly a secret. He delivered two full-length tribute albums to that most-revered of figures during the '90s—Dear Mr. Cole (Novus, 1994) and P.S. Mr. Cole (RCA, 1999) —and he's continued to sing Cole's praises in the intervening years. Now, with the great pianist-vocalist's centennial upon ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Melba Liston

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This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen.

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NEWS: RECORDING

Jessica Molaskey: Joni Mitchell

Jessica Molaskey: Joni Mitchell

If you're a jazz singer who's going to take on a Joni Mitchell tribute album, you had better know what you're doing. To pull it off, you need a keen understanding of Joni's outlook on life and what makes her sophisticated music tick. As a singer, you must sound enough like her to stir the juices ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim

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A few readers may recall a triumphant 1967 recording with Frank Sinatra singing and performing alongside legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The album, with arrangements by master arranger Claus Ogerman globally transported Brazilian music into stratospheric heights where it remains to the present day.

To celebrate the album's semicentennial anniversary world-renowned singer/ guitarist John ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland

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Wowing a late night crowd of worshipful fans at a packed Birdland, John Pizzarelli showcased his guitar mastery, vocal excitement, and hilarious patter this past Saturday night. Accompanied by his Swing Seven band of jazz all-stars, the scion of the famed New Jersey Pizzarelli clan (guitarist father Bucky will celebrate his 90th birthday this week at ...

ARTICLE: NITE & DISK

Kate McGarry: Beauty and the Bus

Read "Kate McGarry: Beauty and the Bus" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The Bus

I recently drove into the Big Apple to see singer Kate McGarry's band celebrate the release of their Girl Talk CD (Palmetto, 2012) at the Jazz Standard. It was a stressful drive, given the rush-hour timing and need to watch for idiots steering two tons of metal with their knees as they text ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monterey Jazz Festival: Monterey, CA, September 16-18, 2011

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54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 16-18, 2011
The Monterey Jazz Festival--still going strong after 54 years. What's more, this year, Sept. 16-18, it was better than ever: the music was great; weather warm yet crisp and the atmosphere bucolic at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Northern ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival September 16 - 18

The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, three-time winner of the JazzTimes Readers poll for “World's Best Jazz Festival" takes place September 16 to September 18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds, home to the Festival for 54 consecutive years. Described as “a cultural colossus" by the San Jose Mercury News and “a mecca for true jazz fans" by the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling Highlights Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Lenox, MA
September 5-6, 2010
The Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, is a Labor Day weekend tradition, and while it was scaled back somewhat this year, the event at the scenic Berkshire Mountains came off quite well again, highlighted by the outstanding Kurt Elling, and featuring again a live taping ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Pizzarelli / Ellington: Rockin' In Rhythm

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John Pizzarelli unveiled the contents of his new Telarc CD John Pizzarelli Rockin' In Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington at Birdland recently and the result was a musical explosion. It is easy to become bored with the plethora of “tribute" CDs issued almost every week these days, but this effort is truly something special.

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