A veteran radio personality, John Pizzarelli hosted “New York Tonight” on WNEW from 1984 to 1988. John has also successfully launched “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli,” his nationally syndicated radio program, co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. Bringing warmth, humor and that long-lost “live” feel back to radio, the show takes place in their “deluxe living room high atop Lexington Avenue” and the conversations are relaxed, candid, and off-the-cuff as is the music. He has interviewed a wide range of guests from Liza Minnelli, Mitch Albom and Regis Philbin to Kurt Elling, Annie Ross and Keely Smith. The show is available globally as a podcast at www.johnpizzarelli.com and via iTunes.
John has performed on the country's most popular national television shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Conan Show,” “Live With Regis & Kelly,” “The Tony Danza Show,” “The CBS Early Show,” Fox News Channel, the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
He led a 40-member live orchestra at Radio City Music Hall in Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way. His instructional DVD Exploring Jazz Guitar – filled with demonstrations, lessons and anecdotes – is available from Hal Leonard. Pizzarelli received the 2009 Ella Fitzgerald Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival, joining a select group of past winners including Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick, Jr.
John Pizzarelli grew up listening and learning at the feet of some of the greats of jazz music. His father, the well-known jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, included his son in some magical moments. The elder Pizzarelli would invite his friends over to play music in the living room at their home in Saddle River, New Jersey. These friends would just happen to be famous musicians like Slam Stuart, Zoot Sims, Benny Goodman, Milt Hinton, and Al Cohn. They would jam in the living room and eat pasta in the kitchen. The younger Pizzarelli, along with older sisters Anne and Mary and younger brother Martin, all got to join in the fun.
Pizzarelli didn't realize the family friends were famous. "I really didn't know much about them aside from they were my dad's buddies. And I think that I had a better time because I didn't know those things," the younger Pizzarelli told International Musician.
Pizzarelli, an Italian American, was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. During childhood, Pizzarelli was a counselor at the now defunct Knights Day Camp. He grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey and attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey, an all-boys Roman Catholic High School. He frequently expresses pride about being from New Jersey; a fan favorite at his live shows is the Cosgriff-Bernardi number I Like Jersey Best, a largely humorous tribute to the Garden State.
Great series featuring the cream of the jazz world in live performance and conversation. For artists' promotion only.