james’s current SHOWS
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.
DIG THE DUKE, DIG THE COUNT
First half Ellington. Second half Basie. James Tormé’s I DIG THE DUKE, I DIG THE COUNT is a stunning rebirth of his father Mel Tormé’s 1961 Verve record of the same name, arranged by the great Johnny Mandel. The full evening program, which presents the twelve songs in the order of the original album, provides a canvas for the multi award-winning singer to inject his own energy and influences into the music, creating brand-new colors, textures, and moods.
A vocalist who is an evolution of Hollywood’s greatest era, James Tormé is also known for his epic Holiday Pops symphony concerts. He has put these on with premier level orchestras, the world over. Filled with sophisticated versions of America’s favorite holiday songs (arranged by legends - his own father Mel, John Williams etc.), James performs these shows to packed auditoriums and concert halls yearly.
As a fitting climax to the evening, James often tells the story of, then sings his father Mel and Bob Wells’ blockbuster hit, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”. The feeling of nostalgia is palpable throughout the room.
BIRTH OF THE WEST COAST
Multi-award winning vocalist James Tormé Birth Of The West Coast is a unique salute to the arrangers and artists who pioneered West Coast, or Cool Jazz - a movement that changed everything in popular music. Using his creamy, floaty voice to reinvent original arrangements, Tormé traces the inception and subsequent flowering of a new, laid-back yet sophisticated sound that emerged just as the jazz genre was fighting for its very existence. One the planet’s most natural melodic and rhythmic improvisers, Tormé uncovers brand-new colors and textures while he celebrates historical jazz records that exemplify West Coast Jazz.
THE SOUND OF MARTY PAICH
Multi-award winning vocalist James Tormé celebrates the genius of jazz icon Marty Paich, one of the greatest pianist/composer/arrangers who ever lived.
From the seven or so now-legendary mid-century albums he
arranged for singers Mel Tormé and Ella Fitzgerald to those he
made with Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Anita
O’Day, Sammy Davis Jr. and Aretha Franklin, to his piano
playing on the famous trio, quartet, small horn outfit and jazz
orchestra albums with Stan Getz, Art Pepper, Stan Kenton,
Shorty Rogers and many others, Marty Paich proved time after time that he could access staggering levels of creativity. This ability, complimented by a sophisticated, natural sense of musical restraint, helped earn him the nickname ‘The Picasso Of Jazz’.