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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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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

Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields

Read "Ladies Don't Write Lyrics - Celebrating the Words of Dorothy Fields" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast begins with several Dorothy Fields standards to celebrate her birthday. Although the daughter of vaudeville star Lew Fields who coined the phrase “That was no lady—that was my wife," he did not approve of her vocation, saying “Ladies do not write lyrics." She retorted “I'm no lady—I'm your daughter!" The rest is herstory. Also ...

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Article: Album Review

John Pizzarelli: Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny

Read "Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Only two things are required to enjoy this recording: a love of beautiful compositions, and an affection for inspired playing. If you are a fan of Pat Metheny or John Pizzarelli, “Better Days Ahead" will be rewarding in ways not accessible to a more casual or less informed listener. On the other hand, if you have ...

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Article: Radio

Life Is A Groove: Celebrating Nancy King, Fathers Day and Summer Solstice

Read "Life Is A Groove: Celebrating Nancy King, Fathers Day and Summer Solstice" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fathers Day broadcast includes new releases from trumpeter Sarah Wilson, vocalist Kayle Brecher and pianist Dave Bass, with birthday shoutouts to Nancy King, Daryl Sherman, Carol Robbins, Jaimie Branch, Lolly Allen and Alicia Olatuja, among others. Also a few music collaborations of jazz fathers with their children. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Interview

John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project

Read "John Pizzarelli: The Metheny Project" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli has been a road warrior in a long career spanning some five decades. He's known for following in the footsteps of his father, the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, as a champion of the Great American Songbook working with classic jazz musicians and singers. He eventually became one of those singers that keeps ...

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News: Recording

John Pizzarelli Plays Pat Metheny

John Pizzarelli Plays Pat Metheny

This album shouldn't work. One superb artist recording the music of another usually happens many years after the subject has passed away. But John Pizzarelli's new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny, works beyond your wildest dreams. It's as if John said to himself, “Why not now?" And he's right. The idea ...

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Article: Radio

April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday

Read "April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Midway through Jazz Appreciation Month, this broadcast continues the Spring celebration with songs of April plus birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Andre Previn, Marilyn Maye and Billie Holiday, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases From Pianists Karen Hammack, Lara Driscoll & Chris White, Amanda Tosoff Plus Some Jazz Country Crossover

Read "New Releases From Pianists Karen Hammack,  Lara Driscoll & Chris White, Amanda Tosoff Plus Some Jazz Country Crossover" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features a new single from Carmen Lundy, plus releases from pianists Karen Hammack, Lara Driscoll & Chris White, Amanda Tosoff plus vocalist Staci Griesbach adds some Jazz Country with her new tribute to Shania Twain. There are birthday shoutouts to Dolly Parton, Lori Williams, Gary Burton, Audrey Ochoa, Mariah Parker, Lizz Wright and George ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...


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