World Renown Jazz Guitarist, Singer John Pizzarelli Kicks Off Lively Arts Season

by Lauren Somers

John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli

Montgomery County Community College will launch its 2014-15 Lively Arts season with the classically creative jazz, pop and swing stylings of John Pizzarelli―an internationally known guitarist and singer who effortlessly channels legends from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles―on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $38. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for more information and tickets.

An Ella Fitzgerald Award winner called “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times, Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of classic and contemporary music. He brings to audiences a 21st-century take on standards as well as more contemporary music, paying homage to a wide spectrum of artists and songwriters from Nat “King” Cole to Richard Rodgers to James Taylor. He has performed with the Boston Pops, opened for Sinatra and been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” With 10 albums under his belt, Pizzarelli has recorded songs with Paul McCartney, Kristin Chenoweth, Rickie Lee Jones and Rosemary Clooney. In addition to performing throughout the world and on America’s most popular national television shows, he has hosted a nationally syndicated radio program and led a 40-member live orchestra at Radio City Music Hall for a Sinatra tribute.

Pizzarelli fans may also enjoy some of this year’s other Lively Arts performers, including American jazz/pop singer, pianist and two-time Grammy Award winner Diane “Deedles” Schurr on Nov.15; Grammy-winning jazz-soul fusion artist Gregory Porter on Feb. 8 (Sunday, at 4 p.m.); Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant on Feb. 21; Latin American folkloric and jazz musician Miguel Zenón on March 21; and legendary harmonica player Grégoire Maret on April 18.

The College’s Lively Arts programs have connected the community for more than a quarter century. In addition to performances from internationally acclaimed artists, each season features a Young Arts Explorers series; student choral, jazz ensemble, guitar, dance and theater performances; the Presidential Symposium and Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice; and the Betzwood Film Festival. Most Lively Arts events are held at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, with selected events held offsite or at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown. Tickets can be purchased individually or you can Create-Your-Own Subscription by selecting any four shows. Season subscription benefits include premium guaranteed seating and savings on regular ticket prices.

For more information, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts, email livelyarts@mc3.edu or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518. Follow the College’s “Destination Arts” page on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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