John Pizzarelli’s birthday is officially April 6th, although the celebration was stretched out over time and space. After birthday dinners in San Francisco, Providence, and New York, John & Jessica now celebrate with their listeners, on the air, with some new stories and their favorite music.
The first recordings of Radio Deluxe were made at Nola Recording Studios, 111 W. 57th Street, New York. This show’s pilot, early episodes, and the theme music were recorded at Nola, under the guidance of the artful engineer and co-owner Jim Czak. Jim will certainly be missed, but he leaves us with a wealth of recorded music and countless stories.
Spring is the time of year when John & Jessica gather in the deluxe living room, play favorite records for each other, and offer their observations and stories. Just as they do all the other times of year. But now the temperatures are warmer, the days are longer, and there are blossoms on the trees, which probably influence their selections they make and the stories they tell. Spring is here and here it’s deluxe.
John & Jessica run into singer/pianist/conductor/music historian Michael Feinstein, of all people, at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, of all places, and insist that he participate in their radio show, which he does. And it’s everything we’d hoped for. Michael talks about working for lyricist Ira Gershwin and his friendship
Recently, the jazz world lost two beloved figures: Barbara Carroll and Al Jarreau. John and Jessica pay tribute to them by playing their records and replaying a song that Barbara performed live on Radio Deluxe several years ago. This week also marks the second anniversary of the passing of another of John and Jessica’s favorites: jazz great Clark Terry. That prompted John to tell stories about working with the famous trumpeter and to play some of his favorite recordings of him.
February 14 is St. Valentine’s Day, and exactly one week prior to that is the birthday of Maddie Pizzarelli! She’s now 19, and mom and dad are celebrating both occasions with appropriate songs and stories in the deluxe living room.