World on a String

  • by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff
  • Narrated by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014
Behind the scenes in the life of a musician - an exuberant, entertaining memoir from jazz guitarist, singer, and raconteur John Pizzarelli.
John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur of American song who grew up among the legends of jazz. From teenage explorations of rock music to life on the road with his father, he worked his way from gigs in tiny clubs to opening for Frank Sinatra during his final international tour. Now Pizzarelli performs in festivals and top venues across the United States and the world, and he shares his unique journey in this revealing, charming, and heartwarming memoir.
Includes firsthand stories of famous jazz greats and popular music icons, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Joe Pass, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney. Reveals what it was like to grow up among great musicians and storytellers and shares the day-to-day experiences of a touring musician's life.
Absorbing, upbeat, funny, and down to earth, World on a String is an irresistible celebration of music and life that will appeal to John Pizzarelli's large and growing following.

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A real Gem!

As a part time musician and fan of the American Songbook I found this to be informative and loads of fun. It's great to hear from someone experiencing greatness and maintaining a humble and humor filled perspective!
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- William Barney

A wonderful book .... but possibly a better audiobook

I bought this book, the actual thing with words and paragraphs and stuff. Ok, it was the Kindle version, but it still had words and and paragraphs and stuff. It was over a year ago and to be frank I had trouble getting through the book. I was interested in the story. And I certainly am a fan of the musician writing the story. It was frustrating. And then about 2 weeks ago while picking up the book again, OK my Kindle, and getting through only another few pages it occurred to me to look for this as an audiobook. I did and I found it. This is a book to be listened to. The story really is quite wonderful. If you're interested in jazz, if you're interested in music, if you are specifically interested in John and his dad Bucky, well audio is the way to go. It was a blast. Having been a singer and being near the same circles as John (just near, as in nearby, no where near his success!) it was fun to read about different people I've met, seen perform, and worked in rooms next to the rooms they were working in;), I enjoyed hearing about all the back room goings-on. I think some of the insight into Sinatra's latter years and his relationship with his son, along with the anecdotes about Rosie Clooney were among the best. ... and Bucky's "higher, higher, lower, lower", had me laughing aloud.! This was a wonderful book, Ok wonderful audiobook ... a definite read or listen. Well done, bravo, Mr. Pizzarelli, both your writing and living a life well lived :)
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- la mamma di Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios