Guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will release Midnight McCartney, an album of Paul McCartney covers, on Concord Records on Sept. 11. The idea for the album, which also features Pizzarelli’s wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, and pianist Larry Goldings, came from McCartney himself. According to a press release, the former Beatle suggested to Pizzarelli that he cut songs from McCartney’s canon. Pizzarelli and McCartney got to know each other when the guitarist contributed to McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom, an album of standards. Pizzarelli has dipped into this catalog before, having recorded John Pizarelli Meets the Beatles in 1996. (Jazz Times)
World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the American songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavour of his sublime guitar playing and singing.
The consummate entertainer started exploring jazz guitar in his teens with his father, jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, going on to perform with many jazz greats including Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, and Frank Sinatra, whose international tour he opened for in 1993. Since then, the 1999 Swing Journal Readers Poll Jazz Vocalist of the Year has toured throughout the US, Europe, South America and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz.
For Pizzarelli, his hero and foundation was Nat King Cole and the comparison of Pizzarelli's band to Cole's iconic trio is the highest of compliments. "I've always said in my concerts that Nat King Cole is why I do what I do," he says, "We aren't trying to copy him. His sound was singular and inspired. I've always said we're an extension, a 21st century version of what that group was."
"[Pizzarelli is] reinventing the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz." - The Boston Globe
John Pizzarelli: guitar, vocals
Konrad Paszkudzki: piano
Martin Pizzarelli: bass
Tony Tedesco: drums