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John Pizzarelli: Family Guy

The son of the great Bucky Pizzarelli has followed his own path

John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli (front) and his quartet (Larry Fuller, Martin Pizzarelli, Tony Tedesco) 2009
John Pizzarelli backing Paul McCartney at Capitol Studios, L.A., 2012
John and Bucky Pizzarelli
John (top) and father Bucky Pizzarelli, circa 1984

“You lookin’ for Pizzarelli’s house?” John Pizzarelli is grinning expectantly in front of his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He’s rarely seen out of a fine tailored suit, but today he opts for a gray V-neck sweater and … wait for it … a Red Sox cap. This, from a proud native of northern New Jersey?

“I rooted for the Yankees until they fired Dick Howser in ’82,” says the guitarist and vocalist, sitting down inside. (It was 1980, in fact.) “Only the Yankees could fire a guy who won 103 games. It wasn’t enough for them. … I’m part of a group called the BLOHARDS, the Benevolent and Loyal Order of Honorable Ancient Red Sox Diehard Sufferers. It’s all these displaced New Englanders and Yankee-haters who get together at the Yale Club when the Red Sox come to town.” On Pizzarelli’s website, there’s even a video of him singing the national anthem at Fenway Park.

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