LIVE: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ the Massry Center, 9/27/14

October 17th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

John Pizzarelli Quartet

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz-pop singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli knows how to charm an audience, and he did just that last month when he brought his quartet to the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts for a concert, as well as a student workshop.

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Back by his brother Martin Pizzarelli on stand-up bass along with drummer Kevin Kanner and pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, the fab seven-string guitarist romped through a big batch of American Songbook classics from “How High the Moon” to “Skylark,” from “Satin Doll” to “Route 66.”

And, sliding from the sublime to the ridiculous, of course he offered up his ever-popular “I Like Jersey Best,” in which Pizzarelli and his band delved into Weird Al Yankovic territory, musically channeling Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, the Bee Gees and more. Yeah, you don’t get that kind of entertainment at most jazz concerts…

SECOND OPINIONS:
Tim Mack’s review at Metroland
More of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs at Albany Jazz

John Pizzarelli Quartet

John Pizzarelli Quartet

John Pizzarelli Quartet