Cocktail of Mild Jazz, Beatles and Bossa Nova
22 March, 2012
Cocktail of Mild Jazz, Beatles and Bossa Nova

Jazz Series is still on at Tbilisi Event Hall, which is viewed as very chick and glamorous by many. However, there are a lot of real admirers of this music who would spend the last coins to be able to go and listen to these long-awaited musicians and thus make their lives much more joyous and wonderful than before. This time, John Pizzarelli Quartet succeeded to mesmerize the audience with magnificent classical pop sound.  

 

Tbilisi Event Hall was crowded with

people. I could never imagine that such a big spectrum of all generations would gather to listen to these indelible pieces. Just before the concert, Georgian Journal talked to Misha Giorgadze, Founder of Eastern Promotion who is the traditional organizer of jazz series and festivals. “Our guest is John Pizzarelli – he is one of the most famous jazz guitarists today. We are hosting the musician of this genre for the first time in Tbilisi. This genre is called American classical pop, or American song book that stands for the book of some classical pieces. I am sure that it will be a very interesting concert and everyone will enjoy the soiree. This is the European tour and Tbilisi will culminate it. A new album is going to be released in a month’s time and this will be the mix of old and new songs. “

Journalist Kakha Tolordava told Georgian Journal: “My anticipation as before any concert is to hear good music. I always attend Jazz Series and always promote live performances. I tell everyone – attend not only those whom you know very well, but do the contrary – whom you don’t know at all.”

Student Laliko Kharabadze admits that for her generation, Jazz is no longer the music hard to listen to, but rather something very pleasant. “I try to attend all concerts and I am very glad that jazz maestros are being invited to Georgia. I have loved jazz since my early childhood and it is genetic, as my parents – especially father and also grandfather are its great fans. Whenever there is a chance to attend the concert, I try to seize the chance.”

Lika Shchukina has been invited by her Georgian friends from Russia. “I attended the jazz festival last autumn and we enjoyed every minute of it. Now, I am still here and we are happy. We relax, rest and listen to jazz at the same time.”

Most often performing in a trio setting without drums, Pizzarelli has found his niche combining  jazz standards and American Popular Song in his own urbane style. The son of journeyman swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, John began performing with his father at the age of 20 and made his recorded debut with his 1983 release, I’m Hip — Please Don’t Tell My Father. Growing up, John was exposed to the music of such jazz luminaries as Les Paul and Django Reinhardt, and he has justifiably drawn comparisons to both of these legendary guitarists.

Pizzarelli’s updated old-school sound caught the ear of many jazz purists early on; notably, in 1993 the John Pizzarelli Trio opened various dates on Frank Sinatra’s tour, eventually participating in the legendary vocalist’s 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall. Interestingly, Pizzarelli’s growing popularity garnered him a lead spot in the 1997 Broadway production of Dream, a tribute to composer Johnny Mercer. His 1998 RCA release, Meets the Beatles, found him reinterpreting classic songs by the iconic Liverpool quartet, while the following year he paid tribute to one of his biggest influences, pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole, on P.S. Mr. Cole. Pizzarelli then signed with the Telarc label in 1999 and released two standards-based albums, Kisses in the Rain and Let There Be Love, in 2000.

“It is very good as we, music-lovers, were not very much pampered by high-class musicians before. It’s a fact that Georgians have a really good ear and take in good music very well – as our polyphony is of worldwide fame. Such festivals represent a real novelty for us and of course, they are a great stimulus too. These musicians really bring the charge of life,” Nata Khonelidze noted for Georgian Journal.

Besides the original pieces, the audience was particularly inthralled by reinterpretations of the Beatles’ songs, which are so much cherished in Georgia. The Bossa Nova style was a real contrast and proved to be very effective on top of the whole event.

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