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Jazz Guitarist And Singer John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer On His Latest Album14:23
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John Pizzarelli is a hugely talented jazz guitarist and singer — the son of legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. He's a jazz guy who embraces the great American songbook.

He's also a vocal stylist with a cool conversational delivery and lightening-speed scatting, which we heard in his version of the George Gershwin's tune, "I Got Rhythm."

He's also known for his swing-jazz renditions of songs by Richard Rogers, James Taylor, Paul McCartney and now Johnny Mercer. His new tribute album to the late songwriter and music executive is called "John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer, Live at Birdland."

John Pizzarelli will perform at the First Baptist Church Friday in Newton.

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John Pizzarelli, jazz guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader. He tweets @itsthepizz.

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The New York Times: Review: John Pizzarelli Sings Love Songs And Sinatra At Café Carlyle

  • "The musical equivalent of Viagra: That was John Pizzarelli’s description of “Amoroso,” the Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto’s lush mid-1970s album of bossa nova love songs to which he paid tribute on Tuesday evening at Café Carlyle."

Bloomberg View: John Pizzarelli, Jazz Guitarist In A Hip-Hop Era

  • "Pizzarelli has recorded 23 albums and appeared as a session musician or vocalist on hundreds of others. He has recorded jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and has backed or opened for Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Rosemary Clooney among others.

This segment aired on June 12, 2015.

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