We had a treat recently and I wanted to share a bit of it.
I like jazz.
No, that’s not accurate. I love jazz. So imagine my delight to be asked to work an event at our local jazz spot, Jazz At The Bistro, selling copies of John Pizzarelli’s new memoir, World On A String, for Left Bank Books, during his quartet’s Saturday night performance.
There is something about live jazz that just goes right into me. A good group of masterful musicians, having a conversation on stage, it’s just magic. Pizzarelli is one of the best guitarists in the business and frankly, I didn’t fully appreciate just how good he is till this event.
You can play a game listening to a musician of picking out influences. Who is it this player derived inspiration from? I heard Les Paul, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Larry Coryell, half a dozen others, but a truly good musician takes all those and makes something new out of them, something all his or her own, and Pizzarelli is at that level. It was an amazing show.
So I thought I’d share a bit with the video below. Oh, and please follow the links above and buy the book and his albums.
John, by the way, is the son of legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, who seems to have been around forever and been on damn near everything.