JAMES TORMÉ – BORN TO BE BLUE
A great storyteller in his own right, multi-award winning jazz vocalist James Tormé comes to town with his internationally sold-out show, Born To Be Blue.
Backed by his own trio, the second-generation jazz star takes his reinvention of the late fifties/early sixties jazz scene even deeper, paying tribute to a hand-picked list of smoky-toned jazz artists and songs that have inspired him.
James, (who is the son of 3-time Grammy winner and jazz legend Mel Tormé) uses his voice’s creamy, floaty texture to reimagine Ray Charles and Quincy Jones’ “In The Heat Of The Night”, Chris Connor’s late-night chestnut “Don’t Wait Up For Me”, and a Lou Rawls/June Christy inspired “Willow Weep For Me” before taking Chet Baker’s “Let’s Get Lost”, “Look For The Silver Lining” and his own father and Bob Wells’ haunting “Born To Be Blue” to the next level, discovering brand new colors and textures.
One of the most natural singers you will ever hear, Tormé is the very embodiment of old school charm meets new school swagger. With the ability to ’scat-sing’ as well as anyone on earth and interpret both melody and lyrics with stunning versatility, the sexy-cool Tormé improvises rhythmic and melodic mash- ups on both originals and jazz classics with the freedom of an instrumentalist (à la Anita O’Day or Ella Fitzgerald), while sharing precious bits of Hollywood folklore along the way.
“The greatest male jazz singer to come along in 20 years.”
- Chuck Mitchell, President, Sony Classics
“James Tormé is definitely his father’s son, smooth and cool.”
- New York Post
“He is in a class of his own.”
- Jo Good, BBC Radio 6 Music
“If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket.”
“An extraordinary singer with immense resources — audacious and brilliant.”
- Andrew Cartmel, London Jazz News