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August 21, 2003
Kudos for running Don Heckman's piece about John Pizzarelli & the Pizzarelli Family ("Pizzarellis, at Home," Aug. 14). I was fortunate to have heard the Nat King Cole trio when Nat was telling us to "Straighten Up and Fly Right." John claims that Nat has been a big influence on his style of jazz. Of course his father, Bucky, was a great teacher too. I was also lucky to have heard Bucky when he was playing with big bands in the '40s and at many of the jazz parties being held around the country since then.
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August 21, 2003
Kudos for running Don Heckman's piece about John Pizzarelli & the Pizzarelli Family ("Pizzarellis, at Home," Aug. 14). I was fortunate to have heard the Nat King Cole trio when Nat was telling us to "Straighten Up and Fly Right." John claims that Nat has been a big influence on his style of jazz. Of course his father, Bucky, was a great teacher too. I was also lucky to have heard Bucky when he was playing with big bands in the '40s and at many of the jazz parties being held around the country since then.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1992 | LEONARD FEATHER
** 1/2 John Pizzarelli, "All of Me," Novus/RCA. Unlike George Benson, Pizzarelli didn't even wait to establish himself as a guitarist before becoming a singer. His soft, tentative voice is adequate for simple melodies like " 'S Wonderful," but at best he is a minor rival for Harry Connick Jr. and creatively has a long way to go. The accompaniments vary from small groups to strings to big band, with his father, Bucky, playing rhythm and briefly solo guitar.
NEWS
August 14, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Jazz and cabaret, with their fascination for the Great American Songbook, appear to have a great deal in common. Frequently they do. But too often musicians who profess expertise in both genres simply use one as a disguise for the other. Not so guitarist John Pizzarelli. He has little need to do anything more than rip off his fast flying improvisations and sing with the brightly rhythmic style that have placed him in the top echelon of male jazz vocalists.
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August 14, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Jazz and cabaret, with their fascination for the Great American Songbook, appear to have a great deal in common. Frequently they do. But too often musicians who profess expertise in both genres simply use one as a disguise for the other. Not so guitarist John Pizzarelli. He has little need to do anything more than rip off his fast flying improvisations and sing with the brightly rhythmic style that have placed him in the top echelon of male jazz vocalists.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1999 | DON HECKMAN
If Bucky Pizzarelli ever had generational differences over music styles, it sure isn't apparent in this charming set of duet and solo guitar tracks. But it would be oversimplifying to call the collection--despite its emphasis upon standards and offbeat older tunes--John's father's music. More accurately, it is music that manages to stand the test of time, regardless of passing stylistic trends.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The jazz vocal records just keep coming. Why? A look at the chart performances of albums by Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit and Steve Tyrell, among others, provides an answer: A successful vocal act can have a quick and salutary impact on a company's bottom line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2000 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli was just starting out and making appearances with his jazz-guitarist father, Bucky Pizzarelli, he secretly wanted to be Billy Joel. "My father used to say that I was the only guy out there playing jazz to support his rock habit," the younger Pizzarelli said. "Usually it's the other way around; guys play rock to support their interest in jazz."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
The Beverly Hills-based Concord Music Group has acquired Telarc International, a Cleveland label that boasts more than 1,000 jazz, classical and blues recordings and is home to such artists as singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli and singer Tierney Sutton. Its catalog includes recordings by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and jazz great Dave Brubeck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
Saxophonist Joshua Redman, vibraphonist Stefon Harris and guitarist John Pizzarelli lead the lineup on the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2000-01 Jazz Club series in 299-seat Founders Hall. Pizzarelli opens the series Sept. 22 and 23. Redman plays March 30 and 31, and Harris on April 20 and 21, 2001. Also coming next season are Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri (Oct. 20 and 21), husband-wife jazz and blues duo Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham (Nov. 17 and 18), singer-pianist Freddy Cole (Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The jazz vocal records just keep coming. Why? A look at the chart performances of albums by Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit and Steve Tyrell, among others, provides an answer: A successful vocal act can have a quick and salutary impact on a company's bottom line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2000 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli was just starting out and making appearances with his jazz-guitarist father, Bucky Pizzarelli, he secretly wanted to be Billy Joel. "My father used to say that I was the only guy out there playing jazz to support his rock habit," the younger Pizzarelli said. "Usually it's the other way around; guys play rock to support their interest in jazz."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1999 | DON HECKMAN
If Bucky Pizzarelli ever had generational differences over music styles, it sure isn't apparent in this charming set of duet and solo guitar tracks. But it would be oversimplifying to call the collection--despite its emphasis upon standards and offbeat older tunes--John's father's music. More accurately, it is music that manages to stand the test of time, regardless of passing stylistic trends.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1992 | LEONARD FEATHER
** 1/2 John Pizzarelli, "All of Me," Novus/RCA. Unlike George Benson, Pizzarelli didn't even wait to establish himself as a guitarist before becoming a singer. His soft, tentative voice is adequate for simple melodies like " 'S Wonderful," but at best he is a minor rival for Harry Connick Jr. and creatively has a long way to go. The accompaniments vary from small groups to strings to big band, with his father, Bucky, playing rhythm and briefly solo guitar.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2009 | Lee Margulies
"Radio Deluxe With John Pizzarelli," the cabaret-like show that pays tribute to the Great American Songbook, is returning to KKJZ-FM (88.1). The syndicated series, in which jazz musician Pizzarelli and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, play host to guests such as Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Peter Cincotti, was dropped from the KKJZ lineup last fall "because we wanted to offer more locally programmed, straight-ahead jazz on Saturdays and we did...
NEWS
February 15, 2007
It's an almost irresistible combination: the loose, laid-back atmosphere of a jazz party, taking place in the elegant O.C. environs of the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa. And when the music at the annual Newport Beach Jazz Party is described, accurately, as "right down the middle and straight ahead," you know that the jazz will be melodic, swinging, inventive and entertaining.
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