November 25, 2017
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. A brilliant reinvention of the smoky vocal jazz of the early sixties, it’s a prelude to his upcoming Songs Of My Father PBS TV special (co-starring George Benson, Dave Koz, Take 6 and more), coming in the 2018 season. 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.
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 Bakers’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!