John Pizzarelli

Growing up in a household when players like Zoot Sims and Slam Stewart were frequent house guests no doubt had a lot to do with John Pizzarelli Jr.'s learning the jazz tradition. It didn't hurt, either, that his father, Bucky, had at one time or another handled almost every kind of guitar gig imaginable, from playing in Vaughn Monroe's big band to doing studio work for everyone from Stephanie Grappelli and Joe Venuti to Buddy Rich and Benny Goodman.

In club or concert appearances, John's humorous ad libs and whimsical songs go over well with the audience. He has also performed several hours weekly with disc jockey Jonathan Schwartz on WNEW AM radio in New York and portrayed a musician on the soap opera, All My Children.

His Chesky releases include My Blue Heaven, Live From Studio A, and One Night With You: The John Pizzarelli Collection.