John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey returned to The Carlyle in many ways last night. As Jessica Molaskey pointed out on their opening night, this was the twelfth plus one year the couple has performed at Cafe Carlyle. Not only did they return as one the greatest cabaret acts one can experience, they also returned the musical spirit of Bobby Short to what is probably the finest nightclub in the world. They titled the show “The Little Things You Do Together” but it probably should be titled “what no other couple can do together”. I don’t know if there is technically such a thing as “happy notes” but John’s improvisations and arrangements seem to always find them. If you’ve been in a room with Pizzarelli before you also know “happy” doesn’t stop with the notes. He is engaging, witty and hip with all things conversational. Jessica’s interpretations are some of the most imaginative renditions of standards, Sondheim, and others, and when paired with her breathtaking voice and John’s guitar they are dazzling. Konrad Paszkudzki as usual supplied the single note melodic pianistic velocity to perfectly weave around the eclectic harmonies John produces. Mike Karn on bass kept it all moving through the wide ranging tempos of the show’s song selections. If you can only go to one cabaret show, this should be on your bucket list.
John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Cafe Carlyle November 7-18
(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)