World on a String: A Musical Memoirby John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff
In World on a String, John Pizzarelli, the son of guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, shows his rare storytelling gift as he tells the engaging, moving, and often hilarious tale of a life filled from the start with music and joy. A connoisseur of the American songbook and the rich history of jazz, John received his first banjo and guitar lessons from two uncles,/i>… See more details below
In World on a String, John Pizzarelli, the son of guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, shows his rare storytelling gift as he tells the engaging, moving, and often hilarious tale of a life filled from the start with music and joy. A connoisseur of the American songbook and the rich history of jazz, John received his first banjo and guitar lessons from two uncles, professional musicians who had taught his father to play, and he grew up surrounded by talented musicians who knew how to spin a yarn. Benny Goodman, Les Paul, and many other jazz greats were regular visitors to his home, and it's been a fantastic musical journey ever since.
Absorbing, upbeat, and down to earth, World on a String perfectly captures John's warm and funny tone as he tells the story of a musical life well lived. He conveys the thrill he felt when, during a break between sets at a New York jazz club, he was offered his first recording contract, and he recalls the heady days when he and his trio opened for John's musical hero, the legendary Frank Sinatra, during Sinatra's final world tour. John shares stories about working with music greats from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney to James Taylor and Paul McCartney, and he takes you behind the scenes at the weekly radio program he hosts with his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey.
Filled with dozens of rare personal photos from John's life and career as well as John's priceless inside information on how he's come to incorporate distinct guitar and string combinations with various amplifiers and microphones to help him get his signature sound, World on a String is an absorbing and deliciously entertaining celebration of life, family, and music.
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What People are saying about this
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"They say great musicians should play, not talk. John Pizzarelli is the exception. His book is as breezy, melodic, and lyrical as one of his concerts, and he captures both the love and laughter of a life in music with virtuosic skill."
—Mitch Albom, author of The Time Keeper and Tuesdays with Morrie
"John Pizzarelli is one of the most entertaining performers you'll ever see on a stage. He's perfection: a musician, a singer, a comedian. And now with World on a String, it turns out that John's a perfect author, too. You're going to love it."
—Regis Philbin, television host
"World on a String is engaging, well written, heartfelt, and insightful. I'm impressed by John's recall and by the way he can recreate a moment and convey a warm sense of all these characters. I love that he even included Paul Lynde!"
—Michael Feinstein, performer and composer
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