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John Pizzarelli and a romantic night of jazz ballads

John Pizzarelli will deliver classic standards, big band and traditional pop to Hong Kong in the Jazz Up series in July.

The concert will feature performances by John Pizzarelli on guitar and vocals, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Ray Kennedy on piano and Tony Tedesco on drums.

With his brilliant guitar work and smooth vocals, John Pizzarelli is hailed by critics as one of the most accomplished interpreters of the Great American Songbook. He was also the "Jazz Vocalist of 1999" in Swing Journal Readers Poll. Pizzarelli has brought classic standards and late night ballads to a new generation ready to swing and swoon.

John Pizzarelli learnt to play guitar with his father, jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. In 1982, Pizzarelli formed his own band The John Pizzarelli Trio and has toured throughout the United States and Europe.

Under the influence of Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra and the songs of Sammy Cahn, George and Ira Gershwin and Jimmy Van Heusen as touchstones, Pizzarelli adds the cool flavor of his guitar to the eloquence of these masters.

In addition to a memorable guest spot on "Melrose Place", the Trio has appeared on the "Tonight Show", "The Late Show with David Letterman", "CBS This Morning" and CNN. The Trio was also featured in the Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin film "The Out of Towners" and has recorded tracks for such films as "Ready to Wear", "Forget Paris", and last year's critically acclaimed "Two Family House".

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "John Pizzarelli" concert, one of the programmes in "Jazz Up" series, will be staged at 8pm on Wednesday, July 27, at Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

Tickets priced at $300, $220 and $120 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.) For details about other discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Other attractions of "Jazz Up" include concerts by "The Kenny Garrett Quartet" on August 22 and "Trio Toykeat" on September 16.

There is a 10% discount for each purchase of standard tickets for three Jazz Up's concerts: "John Pizzarelli ", "The Kenny Garrett Quartet" and "Trio Toykeat".

Ends/Wednesday, June 8, 2005

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