Jazzbos rejoice. The 20th annual “All That Jazz Weekend” at the Grove Park Inn on January 27-29 promises sultry saxophones, bass grooves, and drum solos tighter than a marine recruit’s bed.
The long list of greats to play the fest includes Dave Brubeck, Lou Rawls, and Al Jarreau. This year is no exception, with each band guaranteed to show why the “All That Jazz” event ranks near the top amongst southeast jazz festivals.
The main draw will be world renowned jazz guitarist, John Pizzarelli and his quartet, who perform that Friday. Critics can’t contain themselves when praising Pizzarelli. The Boston Globe credited him (after a stint with the Boston Pops) for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz”
An Oregon paper warned that, “John Pizzarelli is so impossibly cool, he shouldn’t be legally allowed to enter Oregon” Luckily, his smooth as silk status won’t be questioned in the grand halls of the Grove Park. Blending influences from George Gershwin to Lennon/McCartney, Pizzarelli guarantees to please jazz fans of every stripe.
A “keeping it in the family” theme will prevail over the weekend. Pizzarelli’s wife, Broadway star and singer, Jessica Molaskey, will perform with violin maestro, Aaron Weinstein and his trio on Saturday of the fest. Molaskey is a veteran of Broadway shows like “Les Miserables” and “Oklahoma!”, and she hosts a weekly show called Radio Deluxe with her husband.
Named a “rising star violinist” by Downbeat Magazine, Aaron Weinstein wows every audience with his virtuoso abilities. Although only 26, his talent has already sent him to hallowed halls like Carnegie, The Lincoln Center, and Blue Note. Weinstein’s long list of performances with jazz greats almost pales in comparison to his gig with the late rock-n-roll legend, Les Paul. The violinist’s debut album, “A Handful of Stars” (recorded when he was 19) was deemed “the rebirth of the hot jazz violin”. Lucky attendees at the Grove Park festival will witness this re-emergence first hand.
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