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Merrill Lynch presents a Swingin'’ Christmas with John Pizzarelli and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

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World renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will perform with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra on Tuesday, December 17 at the Tennessee Theatre.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's popular holiday event, Swingin' Christmas will be held on Tuesday, December 17th at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. The featured performer for this event will be world renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli. Tickets are available online at or by calling (865) 656-4444.

The hippest concert of the season! Holiday favorites in the style of Ellington, Basie, Miller and more! World renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli brings his impossibly cool style to Knoxville for the first time to help make your season bright. This is one event you don't want to miss!

John Pizzarelli started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of his father. After playing in pickup groups and garage bands through high school he began exploring jazz with his father as a teenager, and was able to perform with a number of great jazz musicians who would be a major influence on his work, including Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Slam Stewart. John went out on his own after recording "My Blue Heaven" for Chesky Records in 1990, then toured extensively, playing clubs and concert halls, opening for such greats as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis and Rosemary Clooney. In addition to being a bandleader and solo performer, John has been a special guest on recordings for major pop names such as James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Wopat, Rickie Lee Jones and Dave Von Ronk. Pizzarelli performs annual engagements at the Café Carlyle with Jessica Molaskey and at Birdland with his jazz combo. He continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from across the region. Since its inception in 1999, the orchestra has performed dozens of concerts in East Tennessee, appeared on major jazz festivals in Europe, performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed guest artists, and released four critically acclaimed CD recordings.

This is the eleventh annual Christmas program for the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. The show, sponsored each year by Merrill Lynch, has quickly become one of the area's most popular holiday events.

Published December 16, 2013

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