John Pizzarelli


May 13 Sat
John Pizzarelli6:30 PM
Blue Note Napa
May 13 Sat
John Pizzarelli9:00 PM
Blue Note Napa
Acclaimed guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli celebrates the 40th anniversary of his
debut album with a collection of classic songs from Broadway and Hollywood.

BLUE NOTE NAPA is located on the 1st floor of the Historic Napa Valley Opera House. We are an intimate 182 person seated live music club and restaurant where you may enjoy performances of world renowned and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a dinner menu with an elegant wine and cocktail list in all seating sections. Ages 8+

  • All ticket prices per person.
  • Seating is first come, first seated in section purchased.
  • 2 Drink Minimum
  • No Babies
  • We recommend arriving 30 min before door time to get best choice of seating. 
* Policies are subject to change

BOOTHS: Price listed is per person

Booth for 4: Requires mininum of 4 seats to be purchased. Price is per person. Seating is first come, first seated. Not available as singles or pairs. You will be seated when you arrive. (dark green)

Booth for 5 or 6: Requires 5 or 6 seats to be purchased. Price is per person. Seating is first come, first seated. Not available as singles or pairs. You will be seated when you arrive. (light green)


Floor Tables: The closest tables on the floor to the stage. First come, first seated. Pairs are seated across from one another. (dark blue)

High Bar: Great view! Chairs are tall with backs and padded seats. Seating is first come, first seated.(bright blue)

Side Stage: Stage level table seating w/ chairs. First come, first seated. Pairs are seated across each other.(Purple)

Center Platform: An elevated viewing section with fantastic sight lines to the stage. Table seating with tall chairs that have backs and padded seats. First come, first seated. Pairs are seated across from each other (light blue)

ADA seating is for those that require accessible seating.  Companions purchase Premium Floor Table Seating. (dark blue)

SIDE SEATING Bar stool seating at the Bar or on our side bar. Tall chairs have backs and padded seats. First come, first seated. (red)

Please contact our Box Office with any special needs or accommodation requests.
  • Venue is Ages 8 + (w/ children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult) unless otherwise specified.
  • No babies please.
  • No refunds / cameras/ vaping/ smoking/ outside food or drink.
1030 Main Street, Napa CA 94559
Box Office: or 707.880.2300

John Pizzarelli

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American
Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great
American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni
Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Beatles. In addition to being a bandleader and
solo performer, Pizzarelli has been a special guest on recordings for major pop names such as Natalie Cole,
Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Wopat, Rickie Lee Jones and Dave Van Ronk, as well as leading jazz artists such as
Rosemary Clooney, Ruby Braff, Johnny Frigo, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen and, of course, his father Bucky
Pizzarelli. He won a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category as co-producer of
James Taylor’s American Standard in 2021. A radio personality who got his start in the medium in 1984,
Pizzarelli is co-host, alongside wife Jessica Molaskey, of Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli. He has performed
on America’s most popular national television shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan,
and Great Performances, as well as the talk shows of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and the
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Acclaimed guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli celebrates the 40th anniversary of his
debut album with a collection of classic songs from Broadway and Hollywood
Stage & Screen, due out April 21, 2023 via Palmetto Records, features songs spanning nearly a century,
given new life by Pizzarelli, bassist Mike Karn and pianist Isaiah J. Thompson
World-renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli has dedicated many of his albums to the great
songwriters and performers who have helped to establish the Great American Songbook and the pop
music canon: Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Richard Rodgers, and Duke Ellington, to
name a few. With his new album, Pizzarelli and his remarkable new trio cast a wider net to explore other
sources for the most immortal songs of the past century: the Broadway stage and the silver screen.
Due out April 21, 2023 via Palmetto Records, Pizzarelli’s Stage & Screen finds inspiration in classic
songs from Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. The cleverly chosen repertoire spans nearly nine
decades, starting with a pair of songs from the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette (“I Want To Be Happy” and
“Tea For Two”) and leading into the 21st century with “I Love Betsy” from Jason Robert Brown’s
“Honeymoon in Vegas” – a stage musical based on the 1992 film. In between there are pieces by such
iconic songwriters and composers as Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard
Bernstein, Sammy Cahn, and Jule Styne, and songs immortalized in cinema favorites like Casablanca.
Stage & Screen also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pizzarelli’s 1983 debut recording, I’m Hip (Please
Don’t Tell My Father). Over the ensuing four decades he’s become one of the most acclaimed interpreters
of classic and modern song and an influential advocate for the continuing evolution of the standards
songbook. His albums have delved into that rich pool of song from a variety of angles, Stage & Screen
providing an inviting new twist.
“In thinking about some of the songs that I really love to play, it struck me how many of them come from
either a Broadway show or from a movie,” Pizzarelli explains. “An idea like Stage & Screen frees me to
explore a wide range of songwriters and eras, and it continues to offer a wealth of new possibilities.”
He’s joined for the occasion by his new trio featuring bassist Mike Karn and pianist Isaiah J. Thompson,
two tremendous talents with whom Pizzarelli quickly discovered a scintillating chemistry, even with a twoyear
disruption to their touring schedule. While Karn has been working with Pizzarelli for the last seven
years, Thompson joined the trio only three years ago, in late December 2019. A few months later his
tenure was interrupted by the pandemic, only for the band to pick up again in August 2021. Stage &
Screen was recorded a few short months later, but the band sounds like it’s logged years on the road.
“This is a great little group, and I can go to a lot of different places with Mike and Isaiah,” Pizzarelli raves.
He was in the market for a new bassist in 2015, while thinking about a return to small group playing and,
in particular, a drumless trio. He asked two friends, trombonist John Mosca and saxophonist Harry Allen,
for recommendations. The one name common to both lists was Mike Karn.
Pizzarelli met Thompson even earlier, in 2013 when the pianist was just 16 years old. The guitarist was
hosting a film and performance series at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York (in
whose studio Stage & Screen was recorded), accompanied by students from Jazz House Kids, the nonprofit
organization founded by Melissa Walker and Christian McBride. Young Thompson made an impact
even then, and when Pizzarelli asked McBride to recommend a pianist and saw Thompson’s name
among the possibilities, he recalled that first impression. “I always joke that I would have hired him right
away, but he had to go to the prom first,” Pizzarelli laughs.
Stage & Screen opens with a sparkling take on “Too Close for Comfort,” a song from the 1956 musical Mr.
Wonderful. Pizzarelli became reacquainted with the tune while watching video of his father, the late guitar
great Bucky Pizzarelli, perform it with saxophonist Zoot Sims. Jason Robert Brown gave his blessing for
Pizzarelli to edit “I Love Betsy” into a concise three-verse list song, while he restored the seldom-sung
verse to “As Time Goes By,” indelibly associated with Casablanca. For Pizzarelli, the song also evokes a
memory of performing it at the Algonquin Hotel in 1991 before a crowd that included Tony Bennett – from
whose recording he had learned that verse I the first place. “He looked at me and nodded his head like,
‘Keep going, kid,’” Pizzarelli recalls.
“I Want To Be Happy” is performed as a blazing instrumental showcasing Pizzarelli’s agile seven-string
prowess, while several pieces from the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! are
compiled into a stunning suite. “Tea For Two” is atypically rendered as a gentle ballad, inspired by
Blossom Dearie’s memorable version. The urgent “Just in Time” is drawn from 1956’s Bells Are Ringing,
the haunting “Some Other Time” – a solo guitar spotlight for Pizzarelli – from Bernstein’s On the Town.
Much of the album’s repertoire was inspired by Pizzarelli’s weekly Thursday night livestream concerts on
Facebook, including the unique bossa nova arrangement of “Where or When,” from the 1937 Rodgers
and Hart musical Babes in Toyland. One of the most oft-requested songs in that series was “Time After
Time,” which Frank Sinatra introduced in the 1947 MGM film It Happened in Brooklyn. The sprightly
“You’re All the World to Me” was penned for the 1951 movie musical Royal Wedding, starring Fred Astaire.
The set closes with “Coffee in a Cardboard Cup,” a Pizzarelli favorite from the little-known Kander and
Ebb musical 70, Girls, 70.
“The idea of taking these songs out of the context of their shows or movies was interesting to me,”
Pizzarelli says. “With a new arrangement you can change the meaning of a song. That’s what we've been
doing all of our lives as jazz musicians – trying to figure out how to make these classic songs different,
whether it’s a Songbook standard or a Beatles hit. It’s always a lot of fun.”