Presented by The Great Connecticut JazzFest 2002, the performance benefits the JazzFest's "Horns For Kids" program, which supports music scholarships and private instruction for disadvantaged youth, as well as school-based student jazz ensembles.
Hailed by critics as one of the most accomplished interpreters of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli is known for his guitar technique and smooth vocal style, that are often compared with the great jazz artists who inspired him. The New York Times stated, "Mr. Pizzarelli conjures strong echoes of Nat 'King' Cole in his singing and Les Paul in his playing..."
In 1992, he formed The John Pizzarelli Trio with his younger brother, Martin, on bass and Ray Kennedy, on piano. The Trio has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States.
A native of Patterson, New Jersey, Pizzarelli has been playing guitar since the age of six, and began his professional career at age twenty, alongside his father, "Bucky."
Bucky Pizzarelli, who will join the Trio at the JazzFest's special concert, has enjoyed a career that spans the years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra to today's leading jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
For more information or to order tickets to The John Pizzarelli Trio concert in Guilford, Connecticut, visit The Great Connecticut JazzFest website.