(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Pop-jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli celebrates the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birthday at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, December 19, at 8pm, with “Swing 7 Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration.”
A Mahaiwe audience favorite, Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings, he has recently established himself as the consummate entertainer and radio program host with the launch of “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli,” a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey.
Pizzarelli has been playing guitar since age six, following after his father guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Bucky exposed John to all the great jazz music of the era, from Count Basie and Les Paul to Django Reinhardt and, of course, Nat “King” Cole. “I’ve always said in my concerts that Nat “King” Cole is why I do what I do.” Using greats like Ellington, Cole and Sinatra and the songs of writers such as Rodgers, Gershwin and Jobim as touchstones, Pizzarelli is among the prime contemporary interpreters of the so-called great American songbook, bringing to the work his signature style and brilliant guitar playing.
The concert is sold out.