Behind the scenes in the life of a musician - an exuberant, entertaining memoir from jazz guitarist, singer, and raconteur John Pizzarelli.
John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur of American song who grew up among the legends of jazz. From teenage explorations of rock music to life on the road with his father, he worked his way from gigs in tiny clubs to opening for Frank Sinatra during his final international tour. Now Pizzarelli performs in festivals and top venues across the United States and the world, and he shares his unique journey in this revealing, charming, and heartwarming memoir.
Includes firsthand stories of famous jazz greats and popular music icons, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Joe Pass, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney. Reveals what it was like to grow up among great musicians and storytellers and shares the day-to-day experiences of a touring musician's life.
Absorbing, upbeat, funny, and down to earth, World on a String is an irresistible celebration of music and life that will appeal to John Pizzarelli's large and growing following.
©2012 John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
Having been a fan of John for years, he mentioned this new book the last time we saw him in concert. If you've never seen John live, he's not only a killer guitar player and wonderful singer - he's also a great entertainer with a hysterical sense of humor.
All of this comes through in the book. Lots of stories of growing up and learning to play the guitar while jazz greats stopped by the house to see his dad or to sample his mom's cooking. Generally very chronological in nature. Lots of interesting stories of life on the road, not being paid for gigs, putting up with an outrageous Broadway diva during John's stint in a Broadway production.... the list goes on and on.
They definitely did the right thing by having John read the book! Even if the book stunk (and it doesn't) it's fun just listening to John's voice and his delivery. Very funny guy.
There are a few small errors in the audio book, where John starts a sentence and then goes back and starts again (an editing error by someone), but it's not a big deal.
If you're a fan of jazz guitar or the New York jazz scene, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you've never seen him live, make sure to get tickets if he comes to town - you won't regret it!
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