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My View: You Want The Best? You Know The Rest – John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

My View: You Want The Best? You Know The Rest – John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

There is always a disclaimer on the press release’s set list given out at Cafe Carlyle.  It says (songs)“subject to change”.  The only thing that never changes is the musical excellence and witty story telling that is achieved in a John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey performance.  John’s guitar becomes human, or is it the human becomes the guitar?   The combo of John’s scat singing in perfect unison with his technically brilliant melodic improvisations are a wonder of the musical world.  Jessica’s voice and thoughtful renderings of tunes are mesmerizing.  Their singing styles may be different but the appropriateness of the phrase “opposites attract” is never more meaningful then when used to describe the harmonic marvels of their duets. 

Some other superior musicianship was going on on that Cafe Carlyle stage last night.  Jay Leonhart played bass, and Konrad Paszkudzki was at the piano.  The absence of percussion for this particular show only enhanced one’s ability to absorb the intricacy of the notes being woven between these four sensational musicians. 

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

Jay Leonhart & Konrad Paszkudzki

Jay Leonhart & Konrad Paszkudzki

Stephen Sorokoff & John Pizzarelli

Stephen Sorokoff & John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli & Harvey Evans

John Pizzarelli & Harvey Evans

John Pizzarelli & Eda Sorokoff

John Pizzarelli & Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Jessica Molaskey, Jamie deRoy

Eda Sorokoff, Jessica Molaskey, Jamie deRoy

Stephen Sorokoff

Stephen Sorokoff

Cafe Carlyle

Cafe Carlyle

(For complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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