As John & Jessica tell the story, it was a fairly normal week, except for the fact that Jessica got hit by a truck. She is expected to fully recover, but their friend Jonathan Schwartz informs his WNYC audience in his ominous way: "That was Jessica Molaskey. She was hit by a truck." So with humor and much gratitude, the Pizzarellis press on. After missing just two programs, Jessica is back on the job.
John and Maddie are together again this week in the host chairs. The musical theme is piano players – working with other musicians, with singers, and solo. The title of this episode is reminiscent of the album “Tenors Anyone?” that the John Pizzarelli Trio made with tenor sax player Harry Allen several years ago. Besides piano music, we’ll also hear some new releases, old favorites, and updates on the condition of Jessica Molaskey, who is expected to return to the show next week.
From the Valley Performing Arts Center on the Campus of California State University Northridge, in the heart of the famous San Fernando Valley, it’s the 600th episode of Radio Deluxe, starring John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey with special guest Catherine Russell, recorded before a live audience!
Jessica envisioned an Anthony Newley retrospective this week, while John wanted something you could more easily sink your teeth into – like food songs. So they combined their two ideas, serving up some Newley hits (like “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Who Can I Turn To”) along with a grape, a tangerine, one meatball, some Kentucky ham, wine, and of course shifafa on the side.
John & Jessica salute great American singer Ella Fitzgerald, in honor of the recent 100th anniversary of her birth They also focus on great American bandleader Benny Goodman, as John recaps stories and music from his amazing career.
John & Jessica travel north of the border, up Canada way, to entertain Jazz FM91 listeners at the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at the station. The show features co-host Ross Porter, general manager of Jazz FM, and four Canadian musicians: pianist Robi Botos, guitarist Reg Schwager, bassist Neil Swainson, and vocalist Jackie Richardson.
John and Jessica spotlight a couple of the Canadian artists they recently worked with in Toronto, while recapping their recent travels and listener encounters. And John just can’t resist playing Bob Dylan’s distinctive version of “Skylark” from one of the three Dylan albums that feature music from the Great Amerian Songbook. John & Jess don’t have too much to say about it, really, maybe because they remembered what they learned as children: If you can’t say something nice…