John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and the release of Rockin' In Rhythm with concerts on Saturday, February 27, 8 pm at the Park Theatre in Cranston, RI
Also... Sunday, February 28, 4 pm Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA Cory Pesaturo Trio To Open Both Shows
JOHN PIZZARELLI, the internationally acclaimed guitarist-vocalist - a master in the art of reinventing jazz classics - celebrates the music of Duke Ellington, undeniably one of the most prominent musical icons of the 20th century with the release of his new CD, Rockin' In Rhythm. John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven will make two area appearances: in Cranston, Rhode Island at the Park Theatre on Saturday, February 27 at 8:00 PM and in Boston, Massachusetts at the Wilbur Theatre on Sunday, February 28 at 4:00 PM.
John Pizzarelli and The Swing Seven will feature John Pizzarelli on guitar and vocals, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Larry Fuller on piano, Tony Tedesco on drums, Tony Kadleck on trumpet, Andy Fusco on alto sax and clarinet, Larry Farrell on trombone and Kenny Berger on baritone sax and bass clarinet.
Opening for John Pizzarelli in both venues will be the Cory Pesaturo Trio featuring Cory Pesaturo on Roland Electronic Accordion, Ron Murray on 6 and 7 string guitars and Arti Dixson on drums. In September 2009, Pesaturo won the World Digital Accordion Championship in New Zealand.
Tickets at $40.00 and $30.00 for the Saturday, February 27 show at the Park Theatre can be purchased at http://tickets.ricpa.net/ at the RICPA Box office [848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910] or by calling 401-467-7275. For more information, call: 401-467- 7275.
Tickets at $40.00 and $30.00 for the Sunday, February 28 show at the Wilbur Theatre can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Wilbur Theatre Box Office [246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116], on line at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling: 800-745- 3000. For more information please visit www.thewilburtheatre.com.
Rockin' In Rhythm - A Tribute to Duke Ellington is Pizzarelli's first ever Ellington recording and his ninth release with Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group.
Pizzarelli was still a very young musician when Ellington died in May 1974, but thanks to his father - veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli - he would eventually learn much about jazz's most important composer.
Duke's music was an integral part of any set my father played," says Pizzarelli. I heard a tremendous amount of his music listening to my Dad and then through performing with him. There are some many beautiful melodies and so many discoveries to be made on any given night."
Like Ellington, Pizzarelli crafts his performances to spotlight the talents of his band members. In addition to a solo track ("Just Squeeze Me"), four songs on Rockin' In Rhythm showcase his quartet - pianist Larry Fuller, bassist/brother Martin Pizzarelli and drummer Tony Tedesco - and seven tracks include the Swing Seven horns with arrangements by Don Sebesky.