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…
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.