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I interviewed singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli for a profile that will be in the December issue of Hot House in conjunction with a mid-month (December 14 to 18) run with his quartet at Birdland in Manhattan. As is usually the case with these encounters, John had far more to say than space allows in the magazine. I'll add a link when the piece is published in the online edition.

Here's one such JP gem, part of his discussion about the fun he's been having for five years on his syndicated broadcast show Radio Deluxe. He invited fellow vocalist Kurt Elling to be a guest—and he has become a multi-time guest, including a 2009 live taping at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival.

“I just really met him doing the show and we became friends right away," Pizzarelli said. “We're two very different singers with strong ideas about what we want to do about our music."

He has tremendous admiration and respect for Elling's work. “It is an intelligent act. It really is something smart and special," Pizzarelli said. “It is enjoyable to watch because he demands your attention. It is not for the faint of heart."

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