John Pizzarelli, Daniel Jobim, Jessica Molaskey, Madeleine Pizzarelli: Sinatra and Jobim @ 50

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John Pizzarelli, Daniel Jobim,

Jessica Molaskey, Madeleine Pizzarelli

Sinatra and Jobim @ 50

Birdland, NYC, August 9, 2017

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

(L-) Daniel Jobim, John Pizzarelli, Jessican Molaskey, Madeleine Pizzarelli
Photo: Stephen Sorokoff

Many of Frank Sinatra’s fans consider his Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim one of his greatest recordings. John Pizzarelli celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of the album by joining with his wife Jessica Molaskey, their daughter Madeleine Pizzarelli, and Jobim’s grandson Daniel Jobim in performing songs from that Grammy-nominated disc (it lost to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) and other classic Jobim songs. Pizzarelli’s soft singing style worked perfectly for performing bossa nova numbers, and his voice blended well with Jobim’s on their duets.

Both displayed their guitar mastery throughout the show. Pizzarelli’s gentle sense of humor worked nicely intertwined with the bossa nova sounds.

The Sinatra-Jobim album had three songs taken from the Great American Songbook, so Pizzarelli opened with a soft bossa version of “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” “Drinking Water” was followed by Jobim joining Pizzarelli in “Quiet Night of Quiet Stars.” Pizzarelli and Molaskey displayed their ability to scat on “One Note Samba.” They mixed their song parody, “She’s So Sensitive,” into their performance of “How Insensitive.” The voices and guitars blended magically for “Wave.

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” Jobim moved to the piano for the song inspired by his grandfather meeting Candice Bergen, “Bonita.”

Molaskey performed three Joni Mitchell songs from her recent recording, Portraits of Joni. Her husband and daughter joined in for a very lively “Big Yellow Taxi.

” Jobim joined Pizzarelli for “Summer Samba” and “The Girl from Ipanema.” The closing number ended with all four guitars blazing.

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The encore, a tribute to the recently deceased Barbara Cook, was “Waters of March,” which Molaskey had sung with her. All four voices participated in a flawless performance of that ultimate list song.

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.