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Brazilian music brings out the poet in the guitarist and vocalist Pizzarelli. Lighting on classic bossa nova, with assistance from the singer Jobim (the grandson of the Brazilian great Antonio Carlos Jobim), Pizzarelli basks in a tropical comfort zone that is as inspiring to him as the work of Sondheim or Ellington. In honor of Frank Sinatra’s centennial, Pizzarelli is also likely to invoke the late-sixties collaborations between Ol’ Blue Eyes and Jobim. ~ The New Yorker
John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned guitarist and singer, was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Starpegged 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 Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.