June 20, 2024


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Interview with John Pizzarelli: I don’t know: Video

Jazz interview with problematic person, as if guitarist John Pizzarelli. An interview by email in writing. 

JazzBluesNews.com: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing?

John Pizzarelli: – I grew up in New Jersey and was born into a family that loved and played music all the time. My father’s uncles were musicians who taught him and then taught me.

JBN: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?

I listen to all kinds of music and I guess listening to my father’s words as well as his music was very influential in my developing my “sound.” I think playing in as many places as I could in a lot of different bands was helpful too.

JBN: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?

I think the rhythm ability comes from being in as many settings as I could get it. Learning from my mistakes and listening to people like George Van Eps, Bucky and Freddy Green helped a ton!

JBN: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing?

I think eventually you realize that you have to pick a style and go with it. Trying to do a lot at the beginning is a natural “mistake” but it does help you find your way.

JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?

I think all the practicing you do in your room and learning from every setting helps maintain your stamina and your longing to get things better.

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JBN: – What’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

I don’t know.

JBN: – Are you fool man?

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; you’re okay with giving the people what they want?

I play the music. If they like it, that’s great.

JBN: – Please any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?

I think working with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Bucky Pizzarelli, James Taylor, Paul McCartney and opening for Frank Sinatra have been some of the great highlights of my career.

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of the standard tunes are half a century old?

It’s not about the age of the songs, it’s about the commitment of the musician to the music.

JBN: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?

I listen when the spirit moves me.

JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?

Music is good!

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go?

To hear either the Nat King Cole Trio live or the Beatles live.

JBN: – I have been asking you questions so far, so now can you ask me a question?

Do you like baseball?

JBN: – Yes!!

JBN: – So putting that all together, what are you getting out of this interview?

I hope people will listen to my music and that it may make a difference in their life. That is why I answer these questions.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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