John Pizzarelli Trio - 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole
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JOHN PIZZARELLI, the world-renowned guitarist and singer, has established himself as a prime contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond, with a repertoire that includes Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and The Beatles. He has been hailed by The Boston Globe for reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz. The Toronto Star pegged him as the genial genius of the guitar. And The Seattle Times saluted him as a rare entertainer of the old school.
John Pizzarelli - guitar and vocals
Mike Karn - double bass
Konrad Paszkudzki - piano.
"Nat King Cole is the reason why I do what I do," comments John Pizzarelli. "The joy that he brought me has never faded and the musicality of his group remains fresh and vibrant to this day.â€ John Pizzarelli recently released his new album, For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole on Ghostlight Deluxe, an imprint of Ghostlight Records. Following high-profile collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney and Michael McDonald, Pizzarelli returns to his roots to honor his hero, the legendary jazz/pop vocalist and pianist Nat King Cole, whose centennial is being celebrated around the world this year with various concerts, books and recordings. For Centennial Reasons... completes an epic trio of Pizzarelli albums saluting Cole, starting with Dear Mr. Cole, which helped put Pizzarelli on the map as an influential jazz guitarist and singer in 1994, and continuing with P.S. Mr. Cole, which cemented his legacy five years later. Pizzarelli is embarking on a tour this year to celebrate the new album. He explains, "The trio has developed and refined these songs and, over time, figured out what we feel have become the definitive versions. Some arrangements, like 'Route 66,' have gotten much faster. But 'Straighten Up and Fly Right,' which I recorded for my first album way back in 1983, has settled into more of a mellow tone. After all this time, I can slow down and savor it. These songs never get old."
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