“The genial genius of the guitar.” – The Toronto Star
World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has received widespread acclaim for his contemporary interpretations of the Great American Songbook and many popular standards. The Grammy-nominated musician has been a special guest on recordings for major artists, including James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Kristin Chenoweth. Backed by an exceptional jazz trio, Pizarelli delights audiences with his intricate guitar skills and playful stage presence.
A lifelong guitar player, John Pizzarelli’s solo career includes opening for such greats as Dave Brubeck and Rosemary Clooney. In 1993, he opened for Frank Sinatra’s international tour and then joined in the celebration for his 80th birthday at Carnegie Hall. Pizzarelli has also toured a Cole tribute show with Ramsey Lewis.
In addition to being a bandleader and solo performer, John has been a special guest on recordings for major pop names such as James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Wopat, Rickie Lee Jones and the Dave Van Ronk, as well as leading jazz artists like Rosemary Clooney, Ruby Braff, Johnny Frigo, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen and his father, John “Bucky” Pizzarelli. He was also featured opposite Donna Summer, Jon Secada and Roberta Flack on the Grammy Award-winning CD, “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mr. Rogers in 2005.”
Pizzarelli made his Broadway debut in the musical “Dream,” a revue of Johnny Mercer songs. He also led a 40-member live orchestra at Radio City Music Hall in “Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way,” in 2003.