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John Pizzarelli

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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.”

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Beatles. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

The New York Times called their recent “My Generation” show “brilliant,” raving the couple “embrace the present, or what used to be the present, and reflect on the passage of years

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Jazz Fathers Jam With Their Offspring

Read "New Releases Plus Jazz Fathers Jam With Their Offspring" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The annual Fathers Day broadcast celebrates Jazz Fathers and their children, presents new releases from NYO Jazz, Subconscious Trio, Jo Harrop, Carole Nelson Trio, Melissa Errico and the Paxton/Spangler Septet, plus birthday shoutouts to Daryl Sherman, Brianna Thomas, Alicia Olatuja, Carol Robbins, Nancy King and Tamuz Nissim, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club

Read "The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club" reviewed by Jim Worsley


If you are a fan of fusion, you likely know that Tom Kennedy and Dave Weckl started playing together in their early teens. Recently, Weckl reminisced about that glorious time in their lives, while on stage at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Yes, it was the Weckl/Kennedy Project playing the finale of a three-night engagement. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pop Goes the Jazzbo

Read "Pop Goes the Jazzbo" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


"Going Pop" can mean many different things where jazz musicians are concerned, from adding electricity (dang it, Miles, why you do that?), to covering pop songs, to actually experimenting with writing pop songs (not too many take this path and few emerge unscathed). And then there's rare jazzer combining jazz and pop songs, as you'll soon ...

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News: Festival

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

At jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest, everything new is old again. That might sound retrogressive in a culture that valorizes novelty, but the announcement that the 43rd edition of the festival will return to the historic theaters of Playhouse Square is instead a comforting, Biden-era byword after the disruptions of the past two years. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Jazz Birthdays With A Celebration of the 48th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark

Read "New Releases, Jazz Birthdays With A Celebration of the 48th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Irene Jalenti, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch, Sasha Dobson, saxophonist Azar Lawrence, trumpeter Thomas Heflin, and pianist Deanna Witkowski's tribute to Mary Lou Williams, plus birthday shoutouts to Dolly Parton, Barbara Carroll, Etta James, among others. In the second hour, a celebration of the 48th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's ...

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Article: Year in Review

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Even as it seemed that jazz continued its trajectory into the outer limits, there was no lack of pure swinging excellence to experience this past year. Although many of these releases probably flew under the radar of jazz followers with wider ranging tastes, this reviewer always finds it necessary to remind us all how vital and ...

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Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny

Label: Ghostlight Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Better Days Ahead; Spring Ain't Here ; April Wind/Phase Dance; September Fifteenth; James; Antonia; (It's Just) Talk; Letter From Home; If I Could ; Last Train Home; From This Place; The Bat; Farmer's Trust.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bad Habits

Read "Bad Habits" reviewed by H William Stine


We all have them. We may try to hide them with varying degrees of success or failure because--let's face it--they totally reveal us, they embarrass us, and the worst ones can  actually define us for the rest of our lives. Of course I'm talking about our high school yearbook photos. Of course I'm not talking about ...


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