|Birth name||John Paul Pizzarelli Jr.|
|Born||April 6, 1960|
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, composer|
|Labels||P-Vine, Chesky, Novus, RCA, Telarc, Arbors, Concord|
|Associated acts||Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Ray Kennedy|
John Paul Pizzarelli Jr. (born April 6, 1960, in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American jazz guitarist and vocalist. He has recorded over twenty solo albums and has appeared on more than forty albums by other recording artists, including Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Rosemary Clooney; his father, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey.
The son of swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He started on guitar when he was six and played trumpet through his college years. He attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School, an all-boys Catholic school. In his teens, he performed with Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Slam Stewart, and Clark Terry.
Pizzarelli attended the University of Tampa and William Paterson University, though he has said that his most important teacher was his father from 1980 to 1990. During the 1980s, he established himself as a jazz guitarist and a vocalist. He released his debut solo album, I'm Hip (Please Don't Tell My Father), in 1983.
During the 1990s, Pizzarelli played in a trio with Ray Kennedy and Martin Pizzarelli, his younger brother. In 1993, the trio was the opening act for Frank Sinatra, in Las Vegas, when his manager Ken Greengrass made the introduction. Pizzarelli fired Greengrass shortly thereafter. Four years later, Pizzarelli starred in Dream, a Broadway show devoted to the music of Johnny Mercer. He has named Nat King Cole as the inspiration for his career and honors that influence in the albums Dear Mr. Cole (BMG, 1994) and P.S. Mr. Cole (RCA, 1999). He has also recorded tribute albums to Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Richard Rodgers, and Paul McCartney. He and his father accompanied Annie Ross on her album To Lady with Love (Red Anchor, 2014), a tribute to Billie Holiday that Ross recorded when she was eighty-four.
He has hosted a national radio show, Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli, with his wife, singer and actress Jessica Molaskey. Other musicians he has worked with include George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Frigo, Buddy DeFranco, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
- I'm Hip (Please Don't Tell My Father) (Stash Records, 1983)
- Hit That Jive, Jack! (Stash Records, 1985)
- Sing! Sing! Sing! (Stash Records, 1987)
- My Blue Heaven (Chesky Records, 1990)
- All of Me (Novus Records, 1992)
- Naturally (Novus Records, 1993)
- New Standards (Novus Records, 1994)
- Dear Mr. Cole (Novus Records, 1994)
- After Hours (RCA Records, 1996)
- Let's Share Christmas (RCA Records, 1996)
- Our Love Is Here to Stay (RCA Records, 1997)
- Meets the Beatles (RCA Records, 1998)
- P.S. Mr. Cole (RCA Records, 1999)
- Kisses in the Rain (Telarc, 2000)
- Let There Be Love (Telarc, 2000)
- The Rare Delight of You (Telarc, 2002)
- Live at Birdland (Telarc, 2003)
- Bossa Nova (Telarc, 2004)
- Knowing You (Telarc, 2005)
- Just Friends (Mel Bay, 2006)
- Dear Mr. Sinatra (Telarc, 2006)
- With a Song in My Heart (Telarc, 2008)
- Rockin' in Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington (Telarc, 2010)
- Double Exposure (Telarc, 2012) with Tessa Souter
- John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer: Live at Birdland (Vector, 2015)
- Midnight McCartney (Concord Records, 2015)
- Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (Concord Records, 2017)
- For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole (Ghostlight Records, 2019)
With Bucky Pizzarelli
- Nirvana, Bucky Pizzarelli (Delta, 1995)
- Contrasts (Arbors, 1999)
- Twogether (Victrola, 2001)
- Around the World in 80 Years, Bucky Pizzarelli (Victoria, 2006)
- Generations (Arbors, 2007)
- Sunday at Pete's, The Pizzarelli Boys (Challenge, 2007)
- Pizzarelli Party, Arbors All Stars (Arbors, 2009)
- Diggin' Up Bones, Bucky Pizzarelli (Arbors, 2009)
- Desert Island Dreamers, The Pizzarelli Boys (Arbors, 2010)
- Back in the Saddle Again, Bucky Pizarelli (Arbors, 2010)
- Passionate Guitars (2010)
- Family Fugue (Arbors, 2011)
With Jessica Molaskey
- Pentimento (Image, 2002)
- A Good Day (PS Classics, 2003)
- Make Believe (PS Classics, 2004)
- Sitting in Limbo (PS Classics, 2007)
- A Kiss to Build a Dream On (Arbors, 2008)
As Record Producer or co-producer
As sideman or guest
With Monty Alexander
- My America (Telarc, 2002)
With Harry Allen
- Are You Having Any Fun? (Audiophile Records, 1994)
- Tenors Anyone? (Slider, 2004)
With Sam Arlen
- Arlen Plays Arlen: The Timeless Tribute to Harold Arlen (Arbors, 2005)
With Debby Boone
- Reflections of Rosemary (Concord Records, 2005)
With Cheryl Bentyne
- The Book of Love (Telarc, 2006)
With Ray Brown
- Some of My Best Friends Are...Guitarists (Telarc, 2002)
With Rosemary Clooney
With Kristin Chenoweth
With Buddy DeFranco
- Cookin' the Books (Arbors, 2004)
With Karen Egert
- That Thing Called Love (2007)
With Johnny Frigo
- Live from Studio A in New York City (Chesky Records, 1989)
With Natalie Cole
- Stardust (Elektra Records, 1996)
With Sara Gazarek
- Blossom & Bee (Palmetto Records, 2012)
With Stephane Grappelli
- Live at the Blue Note (Telarc, 1995)
- Legends (Arbors, 2003)
With Hilary Kole
- Haunted Heart
With Erich Kunzel
- Got Swing! (Telarc, 2002)
- Christmastime Is Here (Telarc, 2006)
- Vibrate (Telarc, 2004)
With Paul McCartney
- Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music, 2012)
With Jane Monheit
- Home (2010)
With Rickie Lee Jones
- It's Like This (Artemis Records, 2000)
With Donnie O'Brien
- Meets Manhattan Swing in a Basie Mood (Arbors, 2003)
With Curtis Stigers
- Real Emotional (Concord, 2007)
With James Taylor
- October Road (Sony, 2002)
- A Christmas Album (Hallmark Cards, 2004)
- James Taylor at Christmas (Columbia Records, 2006)
- American Standards (Fantasy Records, 2020)
With Aaron Weinstein
- A Handful of Stars (Arbors, 2005)
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