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John Pizzarelli's Midnight McCartney at April 8th at the North Shore Center for the Performing A

Paul McCartney had the perfect idea for a new album—ask John Pizzarelli to make it. After Sir Paul McCartney asked Pizzarelli to record some of his lesser-known songs in a jazz style, “The genial genius of the guitar” (The Toronto Star) delivered his latest, Midnight McCartney. The world-renowned 7-string guitarist and singer was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”

Pizzarelli played his guitar on ten of fourteen tracks on McCartney’s Grammy-winning 2012 album, Kisses on the Bottom. Pizzarelli even backed Sir Paul at the Grammy Awards and at several other prestigious concerts. After those gigs, McCartney wrote to Pizzarelli. “I got an idea in my head,” McCartney noted. "It might be interesting for you and Bucky to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others. I realize this may be a little immodest, if not pushy.” “It’s a take on songs within a style we’re comfortable with,” Pizzarelli says. “There’s a lot of thought given to them and they’re fun to play and challenging. We’ve always been McCartney fans and I feel that the audience we play for now grew up with Paul McCartney as well. These songs are as familiar as ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams.’”

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