John Pizzarelli sings Frank Sinatra on August 11 at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center

World-renowned guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli has been hailed for reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz. Over the years he has expanded his repertoire to include songs by Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles. His interest in Frank Sinatra led him to dedicate two albums to the legendary singer: “Dear Mr. Sinatra” and “Sinatra & Jobim @ 50”.

Pizzarelli will pay tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park with his “John Pizzarelli Sings Frank Sinatra” show. He will perform classic Sinatra tunes such as Witchcraft, In the wee hours of the morning and Ring-a-Ding-Ding! He will also tell stories from his past time as an opening act for the chairman of the board.

Over the years, Pizzarelli has played clubs and concert halls on the jazz circuit, opening for big names such as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis and Rosemary Clooney. In 1993, he had the honor of opening Frank Sinatra’s international tour and later joined in the celebration of Sinatra’s 80th birthday.e birthday at Carnegie Hall. He knocked down the house singing I don’t know why I love you the way I doaccompanied by his father, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

He has also appeared as a special guest on recordings for James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Kristin Chenoweth, Rickie Lee Jones and Dave Van Ronk, as well as top jazz artists such as Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen, Ruby Braff and Johnny Fridge. In 2005, Pizzarelli was featured alongside Donna Summer, Jon Secada and Roberta Flack on the Grammy-winning collection, Neighborhood Songs: The Music of Mr. Rogers.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is located at 100 Grant Avenue in Deal Park, just five minutes from downtown Asbury Park, with plenty of free parking. For more information, call 732-531-9106 or visit www.axelrodartscenter.com.