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  • John Pizzarelli (2017)

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    Guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli was born in Paterson, New Jersey, into a family of musicians, several generations of whom were also named John, including his father, the veteran guitarist better known as Bucky Pizzarelli.

    John started on guitar at age six, and played trumpet through his college years. In his teens, he was playing with the likes Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims and Slam Stewart—many of whom hung out at the Pizzarelli house. Even though he went off to the University of Tampa and then to William Patterson College, he says that his greatest musical tutelage came from his father, Bucky.

    John is a great entertainer, and he and his wife, the actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, host the radio show Radio Deluxe, which is syndicated nationally from Alaska to Florida and from Maine to California, and internationally, too. In person, they regularly hold forth at NYC's Café Carlyle.

    John's latest recording is a celebration of the 1967 recordings of Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Sinatra & Jobim @ 50".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Nat Cole After Midnight It's Only a Paper Moon Capitol
    # 2 João Gilberto Amoroso/Brasil 'S Wonderful Warner Bros
    # 3 Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One Brotherhood of Man Mercury
    # 4 George Van Eps Mellow Guitar They Can't Take That Away from Me Columbia
    # 5 Toninho Horta Serenade Saudades da Bahia Truspace Records
    # 6 Zoot Sims Somebody Loves Me Somebody Loves Me LRC
    # 7 Mandy Patinkin Sunday in the Park with George (Original Cast Recording) Finishing the Hat RCA
    # 8 John Pizzarelli P.S., Mr Cole I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm RCA
    # 9 John Pizzarelli My Blue Heaven Don't Get Around Much Any More Chesky Records
    # 10 The Beatles Abbey Road You Never Give Me Your Money EMI
    Book Mario Batali, "The Babbo Cookbook"
    Luxury Item "A guitar (with an extra set of strings)"
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