If you have never dared enter a jazz club, an artist set to perform as part of The Arts at St. Matthew\u2019s on Sunday, Feb. 22, says he\u2019s got quite an experience for you. John Pizzarelli, a highly regarded jazz guitarist, says his shows are perfect for those who have yet to appreciate the sounds of jazz. \u201cIt\u2019s a great show,\u201d he said, \u201cbecause we communicate what we do really well. Some people are scared by the word jazz, but we\u2019re an excellent group at communicating the art form. \u201cWe have people come up to us after this show and say \u2018I don\u2019t like jazz, but I like what you guys do.\u2019\u201d His performance at St. Matthew\u2019s will focus on the music of popular artists as \u201ctouchstones,\u201d Mr. Pizzarelli said, a platform that further communicates his band\u2019s vision. \u201cThe show centers around swing jazz, with artists like Nat King Cole and Benny Goodman. That\u2019s who we use as touchstones, it\u2019s the foundation of what we do. I think it\u2019s an entertaining event for anyone,\u201d the guitarist said. Of jazz, Mr. Pizzarelli said he has been encouraged in recent years by the influx of young people taking up the art. \u201cMy piano player is 26, my drummer is 35, and I\u2019ve gone to a bunch of colleges and it\u2019s amazing that there is so much going on,\u201d he said. \u201cThe idea of learning jazz has gotten better from middle schools, to high schools, to colleges. They\u2019re all getting better at teaching it now. I think it\u2019s fantastic.\u201d He said such an uptick in interest may be the result of new generations getting bored with contemporary music. \u201cJazz is whatever you want to make it,\u201d Mr. Pizzarelli said. \u201cYou find songs you can translate into your style, and I don\u2019t think there\u2019s a question of purity. It\u2019s all about translation. Jazz has always been the unexpected. \u201cWhen guys cover songs [in rock music], they cover everything including the guitar solo. They do the exact same thing. In jazz, you recreate and reinvent it.\u201d The artist\u2019s father, Bucky Pizzarelli, is also a well-known jazz artist who has regularly performed in Wilton. Over the course of his career, he performed with the likes of Les Paul, and Benny Goodman, himself. \u201cHe\u2019s up there a lot, he plays anywhere anyone lets him,\u201d the younger Mr. Pizzarelli said with a laugh. \u201cWe all sort of were friends with the Brubecks, and we opened for them a bunch of times.\u201d The Arts at St. Matthew\u2019s concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. The concert will feature John Pizzarelli on guitar,\u00a0 his brother Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Kevin Kanner on the drums, and Konrad Paszkudzki on piano. For tickets and more information, visit artsatstmatthews.org or call 203-762-7400.