John Paul Pizzarelli Jr. (born April 6 1960) is a celebrated jazz guitarist, singer, songwriter. He is probably best known for his leadership of the John Pizzarelli Trio, featuring his brother Martin on bass and Ray Kennedy on the eighty-eight. He is the son of legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.
Despite his young age, John Pizzarelli has recorded nearly 40 albums of music, either as the leader or in tandem with other performers. Among others, Pizzarelli has recorded with such luminaries as George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, and Buddy DeFranco?, as well as the Boston Pops Orchestra. Many if not most of his albums have received good to excellent reviews and are very popular sellers. Additionally, he has been a guest performer on numerous records throughout his career.
Particularly lauded for his classy interpretations of jazz standards, Pizzarelli also composes his own songs, some of which have achieved a sort of modern "standard" status in their own right. He is also a fan of bossa nova and released an album entirely composed of that type of music.