John Pizzarelli and The Swing 7
John Pizzarelli, Guitar, Vocalist
Martin Pizzarelli, Bass
Ray Kennedy, Piano
Tony Tedesco, Drums
John Mosca, Trombone
Tony Kadleck, Trumpet
Andy Fusco, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute
Kenny Berger, Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute
Featuring Jessica Molaskey, Vocals
315 West 44th Street, NYC
Gianni Valenti, Owner
Andy Kaufman, Business Manager
Tarik Osman, Manager
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 27, 2003
John Pizzarelli took his familiar Trio (John on guitar and vocals, brother, Martin on bass, and Ray Kennedy on piano) to a new dimension this Holiday Season at Birdland, and he added Tony Tedesco on drums, John Mosca on trombone, Tony Kadleck on trumpet, and Andy Fusco and Kenny Berger on saxophones, clarinets and flutes. John even invited his stunning wife, Jessica Molaskey, to join the group onstage for her outstanding vocalizations of standards and newer compositions. John has an easygoing and winning personality, as he tells familiar and current jokes to his sold-out audience of loyal fans. He makes Jazz and Cabaret into fun, with inside humor about sports, family, holidays, New Jersey, and romance. When onstage with his wife, Jessica, they become a sensational and more serious act, with solo or alternating vocals, such as in Unrequited Love's a Bore.
John Pizzarelli and The Swing 7 began this second and last set of the season (that lasted almost 2 hours) with Lulu's Back in Town, with Martin's lively bass and Andy Fusco on saxophone. They Can't Take That Away from Me, with John Mosca's trombone solo, was followed by It Had To Be You, sung seamlessly by John Pizzarelli, before Tony Kadleck took the theme on trumpet and then handed it over to Andy Fusco on saxophone, whose tiny riffs made me want to get up and dance spontaneous Swing. After You've Gone was sung in scat, with John's racing vocals and raging guitar. Andy Fusco switched to clarinet for These Foolish Things Remind Me of You, played in a slow Foxtrot rhythm, with Tony Kadleck's poignant and muted trumpet. Goody-Goody was a rousing, dynamic Swing, with more of John's sassy scat, Tony Tedesco's daring drums, and Ray Kennedy's characteristic keyboard.
The elegant Jessica Molaskey began her appearance onstage with Everything Is Moving, followed by Unrequited Love's a Bore. Ms. Molaskey writes much of her own music and arrangements, sometimes in collaboration with husband, John Pizzarelli, as well as with other musicians. A new CD of Broadway songs is also in the works. Ms. Molaskey has a mellifluous voice and melancholy manner, and she sang a ballad she created about being in traffic and wandering into thoughts of love for her husband, John Pizzarelli. More upbeat was We're In the Money, a rapid duet between Ms. Molaskey and Mr. Pizzarelli, followed by I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No, from Oklahoma.
When the Swing 7 was instrumentally featured once again, Tony Kadleck went wild on a virtuosic trumpet solo in Send for Me, soon followed by a …Dry Martini song, which showcased John Pizzarelli's very seasoned voice and his band's technical cohesion. For the finale, John Pizzarelli's famous I Like Jersey Best rendition, that features imitations of famous singers, such as Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Billy Holiday, Lou Rawls, and Lou Reed, all in humorous takes on the Jersey Turnpike and inside-Jersey jokes, was greeted by the Birdland fans with a rousing ovation. John Pizzarelli and The Swing 7 are a highly professional Jazz and Cabaret Ensemble that can entertain with pizzazz.