Like many before him, jazz guitarist/singer and Radio Deluxe podcast host John Pizzarelli is fond of flaunting his status as a native New Jersey-ite. Lucky for him, Jersey-ites seem innately adapted to doing just that. As Pizzarelli makes abundantly clear, he is a fan of the Great American Songbook, which as far as he is concerned, isnt making a comeback because it never left us in the first place. Pizzarellis enthusiasm for classic jazz standards and their place in American culture is contagious and separates him somewhat from artists who simply remove the mothballs before trotting out the tried-and-true tunes. His work, both as a performer and as a host on his charmingly homespun podcast, focuses on the aspects of jazz that have become embedded in Americana. He wears his love of swing, Sinatra, and style on his sleeve, and his cool, late-night brand of jazz is aimed at those who feel inclined to do the same.
Thu., July 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri., July 24, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., July 25, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., July 26, 7:30 p.m., 2009