CLEMSON — On the heals of releasing his newest CD, “With a Song in My Heart: The Music of Richard Rodgers,” the internationally acclaimed guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will perform Sept. 8 at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University.

Pizzarelli and his band will open the 2009-2010 Brooks Center season by performing jazz standards, late-night ballads and cool jazz favorites at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“John Pizzarelli is a multi-faceted entertainer,” said Richard Goodstein, chairman of the performing arts department and a jazz historian “Following in the footsteps of his legendary father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli John has released more than 20 recordings, headed numerous bands and toured throughout the world displaying his distinct interpretations of the great American songbook.”

Pizzarelli’s latest recording for the Telarc label showcases the music of Rodgers, one of the most prolific and influential figures in 20th century American music and the composer of nearly 1,000 songs and 40 Broadway musicals.

In addition to his numerous recordings, Pizzarelli has appeared in the Broadway musical “Dream,” a revue of Johnny Mercer songs and performed on the country’s most popular television shows, such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “The CBS Early Show” and others. 

A veteran radio personality, Pizzarelli has hosted “New York Tonight” on WNEW-Radio for several years “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli” features performances as well as off-the-cuff conversations with prominent entertainers Recent guests have included Regis Philbin, Liza Minnelli and Tony Danza. 

Pizzarelli has been a special guest on recordings by major pop entertainers, among them James Taylor and Natalie Cole, as well as leading jazz artists like Rosemary Clooney and his father He recently was featured opposite Donna Summer, Jon Seceda and Roberta Flack on the Grammy Award-winning CD, “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mr. Rogers.”

Tickets to the John Pizzarelli concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students Tickets and additional information are available at www.clemson.edu/Brooks or by calling the box office at 864-656-7787 Monday-Friday.

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