San Diego Symphony Summer Pops: Jazz Guitarist John Pizzarelli
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Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie got his start in Motown as part of the Commodores, but it's as a solo artist that he really shines. He became one of the most successful male solo artists of the 1980s, earning No. 1 hits starting with his debut in 1982 with "Truly." His other hits include the Caribbean-flavored "All Night Long," "Endless Love" with Diana Ross, "Hello" and "Say You, Say Me," which also won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Now the five-time Grammy winner is following up a sold-out European run with a North American tour, including a stop at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. He'll perform hits from his 30-year discography, beginning with his eponymous 1982 debut and extending through last year's Tuskegee, a platinum-selling collection that features duets of his hits with a variety of artists. Word on the street is that these concerts tend to become a giant sing-along, so brush up on your lyrics and get ready for some of the greatest ballads the '80s had to offer and much more. Sharing the stage with the five-time Grammy winner will be CeeLo Green. Known for his solo career as well as being a part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, Green has recorded numerous hits and is most widely recognized for the chart-topping single "Crazy" and his time as a judge on The Voice. Learn More
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I was blown away by the magical voice of John Pizzarelli. All of the musicians in John's jazz quartet were outstanding. Fuller played the keys and did an awesome job - wow his chops...and the bass player being John's brother just melted in to John's guitar licks...both so good.
The venue was amazing and the weather just perfect. I would do it again in a minute. Just want you to know that you will hear wonderful music of Nat King Cole...and many of the Rogers & Hart tunes. This was a great time.
Jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli brings his distinctive smooth style to the Summer Pops, singing classic standards and late-night ballads. The program is packed with bossa nova rhythms and jazzy tributes to Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, plus Pizzarelli’s own acclaimed compositions.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Diego SymphonyIn the 100+ years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States, and was recently designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents.
The San Diego Symphony offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season, including performances at downtown San Diego's historic Symphony Hall. Various concert series include the Jacobs Masterworks series led by Music Director Jahja Ling, offering traditional classical repertoire; the City Lights series, featuring Principal Pops Conductor Bill Conti and popular guest artists; the Family Festival, featuring family-friendly concerts; International Passport, bringing the best of world dance and music to San Diego; and Classical Edge, a fascinating series of concerts that examines classical music from entertaining and thought-provoking angles. The orchestra also provides a Chamber Music Series at La Jolla's TSRI to highlight individual orchestra members performing with esteemed guest artists. Each year, from July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season at Embarcadero Marina Park South, mixing classical favorites and pop music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere on San Diego's picturesque waterfront.
In 2010 the San Diego Symphony celebrated their 100th anniversary, the first California orchestra to reach this milestone.