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John Pizzarelli Trio to Take the Stage During Symphony at Salk

The critically acclaimed John Pizzarelli Trio will perform with the San Diego Symphony, which will be led by returning guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, on Aug. 23 for this year's Symphony at Salk – A Concert Under the Stars.

Hailed by critics as one of the most accomplished interpreters of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli has cultivated a winning international career by singing classic standards and late night ballads while playing sublime and inventive guitar. His trio is rounded out by pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and drummer Tony Tedesco.

A native of Paterson New Jersey, Pizzarelli started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. John was exposed to all the great jazz music of the era by his father and at 20 began his professional career playing by his side.

In 1982 he formed The John Pizzarelli Trio and toured extensively to rave reviews that often compare Pizzarelli to the jazz icons that inspired him. Pizzarelli has performed for labels including RCA, Chesky, and Stash resulting in over 20 albums as well as collaborative recordings with many pop and jazz icons.

While continuing a busy touring schedule, John has also made numerous stage, screen and television appearances and hosts his own jazz radio program with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. A consummate performer whether performing classic pop, jazz or swing, Pizzarelli continues to set the standard for stylish modern jazz.

Wilkins returns as this year's guest conductor giving the Symphony and audience members another opportunity to enjoy the special energy he brings to every performance. Wilkins began his tenure as music director of the Omaha Symphony in the 2006-'07 seasons and he is also the resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony. His extraordinary skill and tireless dedication to promote lifelong enthusiasm for music has made him a favorite guest conductor for orchestras throughout the country.

Symphony at Salk is one of about 100 annual performances by the San Diego Symphony, considered one of the leading orchestras in the country. Offering a wide range of concert experiences including the Masterworks, Winter and Summer Pops and the Light bulb Series, the Symphony is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the local community and beyond.

Through a rich mixture of innovative and cultural programming that transcends all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of San Diego.

Tickets will be available starting July 11 at $250 each and include a pre-concert champagne reception, seating for the concert, a gourmet supper prepared by Jeffrey Strauss, executive chef and owner of Pamplemousse Grille, wine, refreshments and parking. For more information, visit

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