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John Pizzarelli's Memoir "World on A String" Chronicles the Guitarist's Rise to Top of Jazz World


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Written by one of the best jazz guitarists in the business, World on a String: A Musical Memoir by John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff tells the story of a young man who went from growing up in a modest New Jersey home to selling out concert tours around the world. Pizzarelli’s story is a tour through a musical who’s who of the 20th century, with everyone from Benny Goodman to Frank Sinatra to Paul McCartney making an appearance. It is also a reflection on an enduring father-son relationship — Pizzarelli’s father is the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli who serves as both teacher and colleague to the younger musician. Written for lovers of jazz, lovers of the American Songbook, and those that respond to a warm, well-written biography from a contemporary artist, World on a String has received advance praise from across the music and entertainment worlds.

“They say great musicians should play, not talk: John Pizzarelli is the exception. His book is a breezy, melodic, and lyrical as one of his concerts, and he captures both the love and laughter of a life in music with virtuoso skill.” – Mitch Albom, author of The Time Keeper and Tuesdays With Morrie

“John Pizzarelli has the gift of gab in more ways than one. A great storyteller, he can spin the tiniest anecdote about the musician’s life into a sidesplitting absurdist yarn.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

World on a String is engaging, well-written, heartfelt and insightful. I’m impressed by John’s recall — for the way he can recreate a moment and convey a warm sense of all these characters. And I love that he even included Paul Lynde!” – Michael Feinstein, Performer/Composer

“John Pizzarelli is one of the most entertaining performers you’ll ever see on a stage. He’s perfection: a musician, a singer, a comedian. And now with World on a String, it turns out that John’s a perfect author, too. You’re going to love it.”–Regis Philbin, Television Personality

About John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli has enjoyed a more than thirty-year career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. His syndicated radio program, Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli, cohosted with his wife, Jessica Molaskey, airs in more than one hundred markets. He began his recording career in 1980 and has appeared on more than two hundred albums, twenty-five as a singer and leader. His performance highlights include headlining concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and New Year’s Eve at the Kennedy Center, opening for Frank Sinatra’s World Tour in 1993, accompanying Paul McCartney as part of an iTunes live streaming concert in February 2012, and an annual, month-long engagement with Jessica Molaskey at New York’s Café Carlyle.

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