John Pizzarelli pays tribute to some of the composers who wrote the Great American Songbook. The contributions of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and many others all helped make our world more deluxe.
John & Jessica head back to Boston this week, with a show recorded at Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge before a live audience, plus conversations with Boston Globe sportswriter and American Songbook afficianado Bob Ryan and Boston radio icon Ron Della Chiesa.
By night, they’re the toast of the town, entertaining New York’s upper crust at the Café Carlyle. But by day, John & Jessica entertain their radio listeners from their own deluxe living room. This week, John pays tribute to his biggest influence in his jazz career, Nat King Cole. He also tips his hat to the most famous of the Carlyle’s headliners, Bobby Short, and shines the spotlight for a short while on the inimitable Dave Frishberg.
The first half of this week’s show is our usual tasteful variety of songs and the second half a festival of delightful Cole Porter music. John & Jessica call all the numbers, based on their extensive knowledge and impeccable tastes. What a swell party this is!
Dorothy Fields, famous lyricist of the Great American Songbook, is in the spotlight this week. Fields collaborated with composers Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Cy Coleman, and others to create many of the favorite songs of John & Jessica’s and yours & mine.
North of the big city, by a small lake upstate, John & Jessica settle into their Deluxe Cabin to enjoy some of the last warm weather of the year. To go along with the good weather, they create good food, good conversation, and of course, good music.