Jazz guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli, whose 2004 album Bossa Nova stands as one of his finest efforts, honors the 50th Anniversary of Frank Sinatra's album-length collaboration with the late Brazilian musician and Bossa Nova visionary Antonio Carlos Jobim. Pizzarelli's joined by Jobim's grandson. Does it succeed?
Seven-string jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli, 90, who suffered a stroke in late October, was seen in a couple of Facebook postings earlier this year with his grandchildren and, in late April, with his son, singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli. Information about his status had been difficult, if not impossible, to come by except that he was working to recover. Hospitalized nearly two months and also battling pneumonia, he had missed his annual birthday celebration at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y.
Sunday evening, Father's Day, he did a make-up date of sorts.
This week's 'Believe Your Ears' Music Podcast looks at my Top Ten new releases of 2015. My Top Reissues of 2015 will be available on this blog next week.
Bucky Pizzarelli, the 7 string jazz guitar virtuoso, veteran Manhattan session musician and father of singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli, recently suffered a stroke. Reports on John Pizzarelli's Facebook page were initially optimistic and upbeat, but in recent days, the tone of the reports have been more guarded, indicating he has a difficult road ahead.
Interview took place August 28, 2015. This is Pizzarelli's second "Songbook" album in 2015, the first being John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer, released earlier this year and also reviewed in a separate podcast.
John Pizzarelli, who self-released Mercer Street, a 2-CD live album of Johnny Mercer favorites earlier this year, has a new album coming September 11 on Telarc, . Midnight McCartney, produced by Pizzarelli and his wife, singer-actress Jessica Molaskey, is a 12-song exploration of the post-Beatles repertoire of McCartney, who suggested he do the album.
This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast features my review of John Pizzarelli's digital release Mercer Street: John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer, recorded live at Birdland in July of 2014. Pizzarelli has done Mercer tunes in his shows and on his albums for many years. In 1997 he was in the cast of Dream, a Broadway Revue built around Mercer tunes. He met his wife Jessica Molaskey during that experience. Pizzarelli has another album coming this fall on his regular label, Telarc Records.
The end of WJAS as a music station has provoked controversy in the region, from those who welcome conservative talk back to Pittsburgh, War Room fans disappointed Quinn and Rose won't be a part of the new format and of course from fans of the station's music format which encompassed several decades of music that, for the most part, predated rock 'n roll, R&B and rap.