2/23/10 - Rockin' In Rhythm Released:
Rockin' In Rhythm represents John Pizzarelli's latest recording. A tribute to Duke Ellington, the recording includes varied instrumentation, including the Swing Seven with horn arrangments by Don Sebesky, the John Pizzarelli Quartet, and guest vocalists Kurt Elling and Jessica Molaskey. More information can be found by Clicking Here. Also, the Telarc / Concord site includes sound samples.
6/25/09 - PIZZArelli Party released:
Pizzarelli family and friends have teamed up to release a new CD title PIZZArelli Party. Included on the recording are John, Bucky and Martin Pizzarelli, John's wife Jessical Molaskey, vocalist Rebecca Kilgore, saxophonist Harry Allen, violinist Aaron Weinstein, pianist Larry Fuller and drummer Tony Tedesco. The CD was released by Arbors Records on June 23, 2009.
5/14/09 - John Pizzarelli Wins 2009 Ella Fitzgerald Award:
The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal has honored John Pizzarelli as the eleventh recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award. The award is "conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a jazz singer renowned on the international scene." Past recipients include Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, Al Jarreau and Diana Krall.
5/13/09 - Pizzarelli and Mooney Release New CD:
John Pizzarelli and New Orleans born guitarist Dave Mooney have released a new recording titled Last Traing Home. The CD was released by Challenge Records on May 12, 2009. More information and sound samples can be found on the Challenge website.
11/1/08 - John Pizzarelli Guests On New Kristin Chenoweth Recording:
John Pizzarelli is a guest contributor on the new CD from stage, television and film star Kristin Chenoweth. The recording represents a salute to the Holiday Season and is appropriately titled A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas. John provides vocals on "Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World". More info and sound samples can be accessed by clicking here.
9/3/08 - Jessica Molaskey Releases A Kiss To Build a Dream On:
John Pizzarelli's wife Jessica Molaskey has released her fifth solo CD, A Kiss To Build a Dream On. The recording includes vocals by John Pizzarelli on two tracks - Tea for Two and Hiding in Plain Sight. Other band members on the CD include Bucky Pizzarelli-guitar, Martin Pizzarelli-bass, Aaron Weinstein-violin, and Larry Fuller-piano. The CD was released by Arbors Records on September 2, 2008.
8/19/08 - New Pizzarelli CD Released!:
The summer of 2008 got brighter with the release of John Pizzarelli's newest CD. Titled With a Song In My Heart, the recording is a salute to the music of Richard Rodgers. Selections include Spring is Here, It's Easy to Remember, and The Lady is a Tramp. The CD was released by Telarc International on August 19th. More information can be found the Telarc International site. Click Here to view.
7/7/08 - Pizzarelli Appears on ESPN:
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight recently commemorated the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with a “battle of the bands” featuring nine musical performers including John Pizzarelli. John's version was televised on the June 16th edition of ESPN's Baseball Tonight program. If you missed it, don't worry, you can view the video by Clicking Here.
2/13/08 - John Pizzarelli / Aaron Weinstein CD Released:
John Pizzarelli recently released a CD in tandem with violinist Aaron Weinstein. Titled Blue Too, the recording is a pure duo with only guitar and violin gracing the CD's 14 tracks. John also provides vocals on Don't Be That Way. The CD was released by Arbors Records on February 12, 2008.
2/1/08 - Pizzarelli / Molaskey win Nightlife Award:
John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey recently won a 2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Duo or Group in a Major Engagement. The Nightlife Awards are voted on by nearly 30 critics and judges in the music industry and recognize the best in New York cabaret, comedy and jazz.
11/14/07 - The Pizzarellis at Pete's:
Challenge records has released a new CD featuring the Pizzarelli family, titled Sunday at Pete's. John Pizzarelli provides the following: "This is a CD that had to be made. It represents many years of listening and learning and also, the genesis of music for the Pizzarelli family. The music you will hear on this disc comes from a number of distinct sources. The first, and most important, is my father's Uncles, Peter and Bobby Domenick. They were terrific musicians who played both tenor banjo and guitar. My father's first musical lessons where held at Peter's house after school on a weekly, and sometimes daily basis...I have gotten to record with my father on many occasions, but it was my brother, bassist Martin, who said this CD was the first of the three of us playing together without an entire band behind us." The CD includes Bucky and John Pizzarelli on guitar, Martin Pizzarelli on bass and Tony Tedesco on drums.
10/10/07 - The Pizzarellis Featured on Ruby Braff Recording:
Arbors Records has recently released material from Ruby Braff's last studio recording (the legendary cornetist passed away in February of 2003). The CD, titled Ruby Braff and the Flying Pizzarellis: C'est Magnifique, includes 11 standards with Braff backed by Bucky and John Pizzarelli on guitar, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Ray Kennedy on piano and Jim Gwinn on drums. In addition to his guitar work, John also provides vocals on Thay Can't Take That Away From Me and As Time Goes By.
5/23/07 - Legends of Jazz - Season 1 Released:
Season 1 of Legends of Jazz has just been released. This DVD box set includes 12 complete episodes from the first season of this critically acclaimed series originally aired on PBS. There are 36 musical performances included representing multiple generations of jazz performers. Episode seven, titled The American Songbook features John Pizzarelli and Jane Monheit. In the episode, John performs I Got Rhythm in tandem with brother/bassist Martin Pizzarelli. In addition, he joins Monheit for a duet on They Can't Take That Away From Me. John also spends some time chatting with host Ramsey Lewis.
5/9/07 - Jessica Molaskey Releases Sitting In Limbo:
John Pizzarelli's wife Jessica Molaskey has released her fourth solo CD, Sitting in Limbo. The recording is produced by John Pizzarelli who also plays guitar on all the tracks. Other band members on the CD include Larry Golindgs (piano and organ), Larry Fuller (piano), Martin Pizzarelli (bass), Harry Allen (saxaphone) and Tony Tedesco (drums). The CD was released by P.S. Classics on May 8, 2007.
4/11/07 - John and Bucky Pizzarelli Release New Recording:
John and Bucky Pizzarelli have just released a new guitar duo CD titled Generations. Father and son swing through 15 selections on this Arbors Records release. From the liner notes, John states, "The result of this CD, to me, was more interesting than either of us had planned and the title, Generations, turned out to be perfect. What this CD has become is a small tribute to those musicians and even in a wonderful way, our family, whose love and support have been the backbone for long trips away from home, a calming voice during pre-gig jitters and one of the essential things that keeps the music swinging."
12/23/06 - John Pizzarelli on the Cover of Jazziz Magazine:
John Pizzarelli is featured on the cover of the December 2006 edition of Jazziz Magazine. A number of quotes from John are included in an article titled, Sing Out. Written by Ted Pankin, the article examines the approach to singing taken by individuals who began their careers as jazz instrumentalists. In addition to John Pizzarelli, the article also includes Dave Frishberg, Diana Krall, Grady Tate, and Eliane Elias.
9/24/06 - John Pizzarelli Guests On New Cincinnati Pops Recording:
John Pizzarelli will be a guest contributor on the Cincinnati Pops' newest CD. The recording represents a salute to the Holiday Season and is appropriately titled Christmastime. John's vocals are featured on Silver Bells. In addition to Pizzarelli, other guest artists include Ann Hampton Callaway, The Kings Singers, Tony DeSare and Tierney Sutton. More info and sound samples can be accessed by visiting the Telarc Records site.
7/18/06 - Dear Mr. Sinatra Released!:
John Pizzarelli's tribute to old Blue Eyes has been released to widespread popular and critical acclaim. Telarc International has established a Dear Mr. Sinatra Page to promote the release. Included on the page is the cover art, a description of the CD, a listing of all the tracks, a list of the musicians and sound samples of each track to whet your appetite. The CD is also now available for order on the Telarc site as well as through other major online and retail sources.
6/19/06 - John and Bucky Pizzarelli in Downbeat:
The July 2006 issue of Downbeat Magazine features a five page interview with Bucky and John Pizzarelli. Titled 7-String Obsession, the article covers a wide range of topics including family background, the art of playing rhythm guitar, and various thoughts on guitar greats past and present. It's well worth a read so be sure to head on down to your local newstand to pick it up. As a little added bonus, the issue includes a very favorable review of tenor saxophonist (and regular Pizzarelli collaborator) Harry Allen's latest recording Hey, Look Me Over.
6/14/06 - More News on Dear Mr. Sinatra:
Telarc International has established a new Dear Mr. Sinatra Page to promote John's upcoming release. Included on the page is the cover art, a description of the CD, a listing of all the tracks, a list of the musicians and sound samples of each track to whet your appetite. The CD is also now available for pre-order on the Telarc site as well as other major online sellers.
6/1/06 - John Pizzarelli's Newest Recording to Be Released in July!:
John Pizzarelli is set to release his newest recording on July 18, 2006. The Telarc Records site notes the following: "In July 2006, Telarc will release Dear Mr. Sinatra, John's tribute CD to Ol’ Blue Eyes, featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The CD features classic standards like I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Nice And Easy, as well as rarely-recorded songs like Ring A Ding Ding and The Last Dance."
John will be appearing with a big band on several dates over the summer in support of the recording. These include appearances at The Montreal Jazz Festival on June 29th, The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 19th, and The Newport Jazz Festival on August 11th.
Stay tuned for more info as the release date nears!
4/15/06 - John Pizzarelli Hosts New Radio Show:
John Pizzarelli recently debuted a new radio show titled Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli. The Radio Deluxe site provides the following description: "Put a friendly new face on your weekend programming. John Pizzarelli is a popular and respected member of the new generation of performers who know the greatness of the American songbook. He and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, along with members of John's trio, get together every weekend in their "deluxe living room" to make music, play CDs and have fun with their musical guests. And your listeners will want to be there." Visit the Radio Deluxe site for more information.
3/15/06 - John Pizzarelli Releases CD with Rick Haydon:
John Pizzarelli has released a new CD in tandem with fellow guitarist Rick Haydon entitled Just Friends. Supported by bassist Martin Pizzarelli and drummer Tony Tedesco, Pizzarelli and Haydon pay tribute to the history of jazz guitar on such tunes as Look For The Silver Lining, Old Folks, Perdido and Samba De Orfeu. Visit the Reviews page for my thoughts on this recording. Just Friends was released by MelBay Records on February 21, 2006.
10/12/05 - Pizzarelli guests on Aaron Weinstein CD:
John Pizzarelli guest stars on 19 year old violinist Aaron Weinstein's debut album, A Handful of Stars. John appears on four tracks, providing vocals on Let's Get Lost. The recording boasts a strong roster of musicians including Bucky Pizzarelli and Houston Person.
Knowing You Released!:
Telarc Records has released John Pizzarelli's newest recording. From a recent Pizzarelli Fan Page interview, John provides the following summary: "The CD Knowing You will be released March 22, 2005 with songs including, The Shadow of Your Smile, Quality Time, Ain't That a Kick in the Head and Say it Over Again. These are timeless standards written by Johnny Mandel, Alan Bergman, Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser, Malby and Shire as well as two originals. All of these songwriters are people who directly or through their estates, I have met over the years and I felt it was time to salute them and thank them for their great music. I did this also not just with the trio, but with musicians I've worked with over the years who have been great influences on my music - Harry Allen, Cesar Mariano, Ken Peplowski, Bucky, Martin, Ray, Tony Tedesco, Larry Golding and my wife Jessica." Be sure to visit the Telarc site to view a special Real Video Presentation on the making of Knowing You.
Bossa Nova Songbook on Sale:
In January of 2005, Hal Leonard Publishing released a "piano, vocal, guitar artist songbook" of tunes from John Pizzarelli's Bossa Nova recording. The Publisher's description is as follows: "Matching folio to Pizzarelli's intimate tribute to Joao Gilberto featuring 12 pieces by luminaries such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Gershwins, Stephen Sondheim, and two originals. Titles include: Aguas De Marco (Waters of March) * Desafinado (Off Key) * Fascinating Rhythm * Francesca * The Girl from Ipanema (Garota De Ipanema) * I Remember * One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So) * Your Smiling Face * and more. Includes bio."
Jessica Molaskey Releases Make Believe:
John Pizzarelli's wife Jessica Molaskey has released her third solo CD, Make Believe. John accompanies on guitar and provides vocals on Cloudburst/Getting Married Today. John Pizzarelli Trio members Ray Kennedy and Martin Pizzarelli also appear on the recording. The CD was released by P.S. Classics on October 5, 2004.
Pizzarelli in Guitar Player Magazine:
John Pizzarelli appears in the September 2004 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. The article can be found in the "Master Class" section of the magazine and is titled, "Seventh Heaven: John Pizzarelli Demystifies the Art of 7-String Jazz." John speaks about the differences between playing a 6-string and 7-string guitar, the use of the Low A, how to handle harmony and melody simultaneously, and the increased harmonic capabilities of a 7-string. Short transcriptions are provided to illustrate the various examples provided by Pizzarelli.
Pizzarelli on Cover of 20th Century Guitar:
John Pizzarelli's appears on the cover of the May 2004 issue of 20th Century Guitar Magazine. The article consists of a several page interview. The magazine description reads as follows, "A crooner and guitarist deluxe, we sit for a few minutes with John to talk about his latest release, his Moll guitars and his appearance at this year's classic American Guitar show."
A New Release From John Pizzarelli:
John Pizzarelli's recent CD, titled Bossa Nova, was released on April 27, 2004 by Telarc Records. The Telarc site includes the following: "In April 2004, Pizzarelli introduces a new generation to bossa nova with his fifth Telarc release. Produced by Russ Titleman, Bossa Nova features several Brazilian musicians including Paulo Braga, who played drums with Antonio Carlos Jobim for many years, vocalist Daniel Jobim (Jobim's grandson) and Cesar Camargo Mariano, who produced, composed and played on many great Brazilian records, most notably with Elis Regina."
Early reviews have been extremely positive. Click Here to read more about Bossa Nova.
New CD Release from Martin Pizzarelli:
Martin Pizzarelli, bassist with the John Pizzarelli Trio (as well as John's brother) has released his first CD as a leader, titled Triple Play. Included in the album notes is the following: "The John Pizzarelli Trio with Ray Kennedy and Martin Pizzarelli has been making CDs for more than a decade. Both John and Ray have also been featured on many individual CDs as well. We felt that it was high time that Martin also be featured as a leader on a CD, and hopefully this is the first of many." The recording was released by Victoria Records in April 2004.
Buddy DeFranco with the John Pizzarelli Trio:
The John Pizzarelli Trio joins the great Buddy DeFranco on the clarinet master's latest CD, Cookin' the Books. DeFranco and the Trio are joined by Count Basie alum, Butch Miles on drums. The recording was released on February 3, 2004 by Arbors Records. The Arbors site includes the following: "Buddy DeFranco joins with the popular John Pizzarelli Trio and Butch Miles to prove that he is still "Mr. Clarinet." Swinging from start to finish, DeFranco shows that same dexterity and musical passion that made him a pioneer in exploring the clarinet for be-bop and one of the all time clarinet greats. The John Pizzarelli Trio, another paragon of swing, and Butch Miles, who has swung the Count Basie Orchestra for many years, provide the rhythmic base, and John Pizzarelli adds two vocals in his crowd-pleasing way."
John Pizzarelli with the Legends:
John Pizzarelli guests on a CD collaboration between Bucky Pizzarelli and Skitch Henderson appropriately titled, Legends. The recording includes varied instrumentation with multiple violins (including Johnny Frigo) and vibraphone augmenting the ensemble. John appears on, "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "Three Little Words". The recording was released by Arbors Records on July 1, 2003.
Pizzarelli and Alexander:
John Pizzarelli appears on pianist Monty Alexander's recording, Impressions in Blue. John appears in a segment of the recording titled, King Cole Reflections and performs with Alexander on Nat King Cole classics, "Jumpin' at Capitol", "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Body and Soul". The recording was released by Telarc International on June 24, 2003.
Pizzarelli Featured In Guitar One Magazine!:
John Pizzarelli is featured in the September 2003 issue of Guitar One Magazine in its "Guitar School" section. The article summary includes the following: "For their September Issue, Guitar One Magazine asks John Pizzarelli to share his vast knowledge of chords, melodies, and chord melody-all of which he copped form his old man, seven-string elder statesman, Bucky Pizzarelli. And, as it turns out, father still knows best."
John and Bucky Pizzarelli in Jazziz Magazine:
The June 2003 issue of Jazziz Magazine features a Fathers Day theme with various article on fathers and sons in jazz. Included is a question and answer session with Bucky and John Pizzarelli. Each talks about favorite recordings, movies, and tv shows as well as their views on what jazz means to them.
Jessica Molaskey Releases A Good Day:
John Pizzarelli's wife Jessica Molaskey has released her second solo CD, A Good Day. John plays a prominent role on this critically acclaimed release, providing guitar and vocals in addition to original compositions written with Jessica. The CD was released by P.S. Classics on May 20, 2003.
The John Pizzarelli Trio - Live at Birdland:
During a fall of 2002, four night run at the famed Birdland jazz club, The John Pizzarelli Trio was recorded live by Telarc Records. In honor of The John Pizzarelli Trio's Tenth Anniversary, Telarc released a two CD set of the concert on April 22, 2003. The recording includes new material as well as "greatest hits" or material that the Pizzarelli Trio has played over the years but has not yet recorded. Telarc has also put together a great Pizzarelli ecard to help promote the CD. It's certainly worth checking out.
John Pizzarelli appears on recent Cincinnati Pops CD:
A recent release from Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, entitled Got Swing, includes guest appearances by John Pizzarelli as well as the Manhattan Transfer. John performs two songs with the Pops. These include Avalon, arranged by Don Sebesky, and Straighten Up and Fly Right, arranged by Dick Lieb. The CD was released on February 25, 2003 by Telarc International.
The Wonder of It All Now Available on CD!:
On April 13, 2002, John Pizzarelli appeared in concert at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The Pizzarelli Trio was augmented by trumpet, trombone, and two reeds in a set comprised of standards such as How High the Moon, I Only Have Eyes for You and After You've Gone. Also included was an extended version of the wildly popular Foxwood's theme, The Wonder of it All. Telarc Records recorded the concert which was released on CD on October 19, 2002. At present, this recording is only available through Foxwoods Casino.
Ray Kennedy and Bucky Pizzarelli record together:
Ray Kennedy, longtime pianist with the John Pizzarelli Trio, has recently released a CD in tandem with Bucky Pizzarelli entitled Swing Kings. John Pizzarelli also appears on the CD on Seven on Charlie. Other guests include Ken Peplowski, Chuck Reed, Martin Pizzarelli and Tony Tedesco. This release is presently available through Jazz By Mail
Pizzarelli appears with James Taylor:
John Pizzarelli lends his guitar talents to James Taylor's CD release, October Road. John accompanies Taylor on Mean Old Man and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. In addition to Pizzarelli, guests on the CD include Ry Cooder and Michael Brecker. The recording was released by Sony on August 13, 2002.
Pizzarelli guests with Monty Alexander:
John Pizzarelli appears as a guest on pianist Monty Alexander's CD, My America. John provides vocals on the familiar tune made famous by Frank Sinatra, Summer Wind. Other artists on the recording include Freddy Cole and Kevin Mahogany. The CD was released by Telarc on August 27, 2002.
John Pizzarelli in Jazz Times magazine:
The July 2002 issue of Jazz Times magazine includes a one page article on John Pizzarelli. Entitled "John Pizzarelli@Home", the story departs from the usual musical concentration and instead centers on John's family, home life, and neighborhood.
Pizzarelli records with Ray Brown:
John Pizzarelli appears as a guest on the late bassist Ray Brown's Telarc CD, Some of My Best Friends Are...Guitarists. John plays two selections on the CD: Squeeze Me and Tangerine. The CD was released on June 25, 2002. This represents one of Brown's final recordings before his passing on July 2, 2002. Additional information can be found on the Telarc Records site.
Pizzarelli in Downbeat:
John Pizzarelli and George Shearing grace the cover of the July 2002 issue of Downbeat magazine. The issue includes an extensive interview with Pizzarelli and Shearing. Entitled "Timeless Cool", the article centers on their recent collaborative effort, The Rare Delight of You.
Pizzarelli Teams Up With George Shearing:
The Rare Delight of You, featuring John Pizzarelli with the George Shearing Quintet was released by Telarc Records on April 23, 2002. The CD marks a widely anticipated collaboration and features a mixture of standards and original compositions. Selection include Lost April, September in the Rain, Lucky To Be Me, The Lady's in Love with You, Be Careful it's My Heart, Something to Remember You By, If Dreams Come True, Lulu's Back in Town, Indian Summer and more.
New Release From John and Bucky Pizzarelli:
John Pizzarelli recently released a duet recording with his father, Bucky. Entitled Twogether, the CD is available through
Jazz By Mail
Let There Be Love Released:
John Pizzarelli's second Telarc recording, Let There Be Love was released on November 28, 2000. The selections include: Let There Be Love - I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket - These Foolish Things - All I Saw Was You - Everything I Have is Yours - Stompin' At The Savoy - Our Little Secret - You'll Never Know - I Don't Know Why - Our Love Rolls On - Just One More Chance - Lucky Charm - DaVinci's Eyes - What Is There To Say.
Joining the trio on Let There Be Love are Tony Tedesco (percussion), Harry Allen (tenor sax), Dominic Cortese (accordion), Jesse Levy (Cello), Ken Peplowski (tenor sax), and Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar).
Pizzarelli Featured on Two Family House Soundtrack:
On October 10, 2000 the soundtrack for the film Two Family House was released on the RCA Victor label. This is notable in that five selections from the CD feature the John Pizzarelli Trio. These include I'm Confessin' (That I Love You), Dot's Cheesecake, Lonely for You, I Wouldn't Trade You, and Have Another One, Not Me.