FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW PRESENTS, James Tormé in "COLOR ME JAZZ" A brilliant reinvention of the smoky vocal jazz of the early sixties, tipping his hat not only to Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw and Jack Jones, but also to his own father, Mel Tormé, and several legendary arrangers. "An unforgettable story, told by jazz royalty, sung by one of the very best in the business”. ~ Chris Phillips Jazz FM
FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents James Tormé in “Color Me Jazz” on November 25, 2017. From the high-energy Shorty Rogers versions of “Hi-Fly”, “Moanin” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz”, and a Claus Ogerman style “Comin’ Home Baby” (featured in the current Nespresso commercials with George Clooney), to Johnny Mandel’s ultra-dreamy, almost Ellingtonian iteration of Leroy Carr’s “In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down” (recently heard on FX’s Feud), and Chet Baker's timeless “Let’s Get Lost”, “Color Me Jazz”, is a pure delight. Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips describes the show as, “An unforgettable story, told by jazz royalty, sung by one of the very best in the business”. Being hailed by Sony Classics president Chuck Mitchell as “the greatest male jazz vocalist to come along in 20 years”, the young singer feels it’s his responsibility to exceed expectations on a nightly basis. James explains, “Being a Tormé isn’t enough. I know I need to actually be great”. And he is. This one is not to be missed.
Internationally acclaimed singer James Tormé comes to Feinstein’s/54 Below for a special one-night engagement of his Color Me Jazz show, featuring jazz legend, John Colianni, Jay Leonhart, and Vito Lesczak. A brilliant reinvention of the smoky vocal jazz of the early sixties. The second-generation entertainer (yes, he’s the son of the great Mel Tormé), brings his buttery tone and high-level improvisational gifts to bare, tipping his hat not only to Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw, and Jack Jones, but also, to his own father, Mel Tormé, and several legendary arrangers.
James Tormé in “Color Me Jazz” plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on November 25, 2017. There is a $35-$45 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at http://www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.
According to Jazz FMTM, "If you get a chance to see James Tormé, you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket". With just a single visit to one of James' shows, it's easy to see why the multi-award-winning singer is quickly becoming one of the most talked about artists on the planet.
James Tormé (who is the son of 3-time Grammy Award Winning jazz legend Mel Tormé) is taking the legacy he was born with into even further - and causing a serious buzz in the process. Often appearing with outfits like, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ronnie Scott's Orchestra and Les Paul Trio, the charismatic young star's debut album has topped both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts*.
Tormé is "the best male jazz singer to come along in 20 years" according to longtime Verve Records president, Chuck Mitchell, the man who first discovered him. Having grown up spending time with a myriad of jazz legends (Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, George Shearing, Buddy Rich & more), one begins to understand why. Tormé himself attributes as much of his ability as a performer to the "process of osmosis” as he does to his own show-business background. Explains Tormé, “There's no question, I absorbed a lot from my dad and his peers.” This is clear as soon as one hears his singing style, which draws from the “old school”, but with modern styling that makes it very current in today's market.
James Tormé is being praised from all corners of the globe by everyone from Billboard TM and CBS News, to BBC Radio 2 and Jamie Cullum. Possessing the look (and swagger) of a Hollywood star, he seems to know just how to handle all the press attention he's getting. It's no mystery that Tormé is now consistently appearing to standing-room only crowds at the world's top venues, as well as, being featured as the centerpiece of prestigious jazz festivals across the globe. Says Tormé, "Every show, every appearance is important to me, whether it's the Greek Theater or a small jazz club. I remember every audience. If they're going to pay money to see me, I want to give them a night they'll never forget."
Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.
In their description of the venue, The New York Times writes, “Feinstein’s/54 Below has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat in the house. Its sultry after-hours ambiance is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.”