Tuesday, April 06, 2010


O guitarrista, vocalista e compositor americano de jazz John Pizzarelli, Jr. nasceu no 6 de abril de 1960 em Paterson, New Jersey. É casado com a cantora Jessica Molaskey e é filho de Bucky Pizzarelli, lendário guitarrista de jazz.

As influências da música brasileira, principalmente da bossa nova, são flagrantes no trabalho de John Pizzarelli. O artista já gravou dois álbuns inteiramente dedicados à música brasileira: "Brazil" (na verdade, um álbum de Rosemary Clooney em que ele toca e canta 4 canções), em 2000 e "Bossa Nova", em 2004.

O guitarrista já se apresentou mais de uma dezena de vezes em várias capitais brasileiras, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba e Manaus (duas vezes) e foi entrevistado em diversos programas da televisão brasileira, entre eles Metrópoles da TV Cultura e Programa do Jô da Rede Globo. John Pizzarelli homenageou Jô Soares dando o nome de Soares’ Samba a uma de suas composições do álbum Bossa Nova.

O artista teria tido seu primeiro contato com a música brasileira, em 1981, ao ouvir no rádio de seu carro a canção Besame Mucho interpretada por João Gilberrto. A forma de tocar de Gilberto o teria impressionado tanto que ele teria comprado o LP Amoroso/Brasil e aprendido a tocar todas as canções nele contidas.

Em 2001, a versão de John Pizzarelli para a canção "Dream" de Johnny Mercer foi incluída na trilha sonora da novela brasileira "As Filhas da Mãe" da Rede Globo.

John Pizzarelli canta "Can't Buy me Love" no Rio de Janeiro.

Recommended CDS

Live at Birdland (Telarc, 2003)Disc 1: Just You, Just Me - The Frim Fram Sauce - This Song Is You - Isn't It a Pity? - Rhode Island - Gospel Truth - Tea for Tatum - Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - Mean Old Man - Manhattan - Moonlight Becomes You - Will You Still Be Mine? Disc 2: Three Little Words - They Can't Take That Away From Me - Oh, How My Heart Beats for You - The Day I Found You - It's Only a Paper Moon - Stompin' at The Savoy - Better Run Before It's Spring - Headed Out to Vera's - Medley: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You/ Baby, Baby All the Time/ Midnight Blue - I Like Jersey Best - My Castle's Rockin' - Baby Just Come Home to Me

Bossa Nova (Telarc, 2004) Selections: One Note Samba - Fascinatin' Rhythm - Girl From Ipanema - Your Smiling Face - Estate - Desafinado - Aquelas Coisas Todas - I Remember - Francesca - Love Dance - So Danco Samba - Aguas de Marco - Soares Samba

Knowing You (Telarc, 2005)Selections: Coffee, Black - New Sun in the Sky - Ain't That a Kick in the Head? - The Shadow of Your Smile - Pick Yourself Up - Knowing You - God Only Knows - Quality Time - Eastwood Lane - I Just Found Out About Love - Say It (Over and Over Again) - That Face - How Long Has This Been Going On? - The First Hint of Autumn - If It's the Last Thing I Do .

Dear Mr. Sinatra (Telarc, 2006) Selections: Ring-A-Ding Ding, You Make Me Feel So Young, How About You? - If I Had You - Witchcraft - I've Got You Under My Skin - Nice 'n' Easy - Medley: I See Your Face Before Me, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Can't We Be Friends - Yes Sir, That's My Baby - Last Dance

With a Song in My Heart (Telarc, 2008) Selections: With a Song in My Heart - This Can't Be Love - I Like To Recognize The Tune - It's Easy To Remember - Johnny One Note - Nobody's Heart - Happy Talk - Mountain Greenery - I Have Dreamed - The Lady is a Tramp - She Was Too Good To Me - You've Got To Be Carefully Taught

Rockin' In Rhythm (Telarc, 2010) Selections: In a Mellow Tone - East St. Louis Toodle-oo/Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Satin Doll - C Jam Blues - In My Solitude - Just Squeeze Me - Perdido - All Too Soon - I'm Beginning To See the Light - Love Scene - I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good - Cottontail / Rockin' In Rhythm

With George Shearing:
The Rare Delight of You (Telarc, 2002)Selections: If Dreams Come True - The Lady's In Love With You - Everything Happens to Me - Lulu's Back in Town - Something To Remember You By - Lemon Twist - Lost April - Problem - The Rare Delight of You - Shine On Your Shoes - Indian Summer - Be Careful It's My Heart - September in the Rain - I Predict - Lucky To Be Me

Swinging Sevens (Stash, 1984)Selections: In a Mellow Tone - Soon - Why Did I Choose You? - Romanza in the Dark - No Greater Love - In a Mist - Four Brothers - Lush Life - Sleeping Bee - Blame it on My Youth - Goodbye

Complete Guitar Duos (Stash, 1992) Selections: Love For Sale - Pretty Woman - Nuages - Sutton Mutton - Close Enough for Love - Undecided - Spain - All Through the Night - This Nearly Was Mine - Come Rain or Come Shine - Nikki - Stems - In a Mellow Tone - Soon - Why Did I Choose You? - Romanza and In the Dark - No Greater Love - In a Mist - Four Brothers - Lush Life - Sleeping Bee - Blame it on My Youth - GoodbyeNote: This CD represents material reissued from the two previous Stash Pizzarelli duo recordings.

Nirvana (Laserlight, 1995)Selections: Azure'et - Sing, Sing, Sing - A Little World Calling Home - Pick Youself Up - Nuages - Honeysuckle Rose - Willow Weep For Me - Tangerine - Medley (It's Been a Long, Long Time / Don't Take Your Love from Me) - Two Funky People - Come Rain or Come Shine - Stompin' at the Savoy

At The Vineyard Theater (Challenge, 1996)Selections: Three Little Words - Jitterbug Waltz - Medley (I'm Through With Love / I'll Never Be the Same / All This and Heaven Too) - Route 66 - This Will Make You Laugh - Honeysuckle Rose - Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - Medley (Romanza / In the Dark) - Straighten Up and Fly Right - Triste - Send in the Clowns - Benny Goodman Medley (Stompin' at the Savoy / Memories of You

Referencia - Wikipédia

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