Thursday, August 7 | 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 7 | 9:00 p.m.
2014 Concert Series
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John Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, and radio personality. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to performances and recordings, Pizzarelli is a technically proficient fretman with a soft voice, charming stage presence, and knack for up-tempo swing. The son of journeyman swing guitarist Buck Pizzarelli, John began performing with his father at age twenty and made his recording debut with the 1983 release, I’m Hip—Please Don’t Tell My Father.
He was called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times,” and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. After his recent smash success with the Boston Pops, he was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” And the Seattle Times called him a “tour de force” and a “rare entertainer of the old school.”
In addition to being a bandleader and solo performer, Pizzarelli has been a special guest on recording for major pop names such as James Taylor and Natalie Cole as well as leading jazz artists like Rosemary Clooney and Buddy DeFranco. He has performed on the country’s most popular national television shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Live with Regis & Kelly.”
“Pizzarelli remains a master of Nat King Cole cool.”—Seattle TimesBack to Concerts