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James Tormé with Ryan Cross Eclectic

Cover: $20 // Show: 7:30pm

Ryan Cross is a name that is synonymous with professionalism and musical excellence. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Ryan moved to Los Angeles, California when he received a full scholarship to attend the University of Southern California where he studied under John Clayton. He graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. He has appeared and recorded on over 100 TV shows and movies to date, including Big Bang Theory, Glee, Friends, ER, The West Wing, Studio 60, Cold Case, Along Came Polly and Poseidon. He has also graced the recording studio and stage with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Arturo Sandoval, Jill Scott, John Legend, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan. Ryan produces live shows weekly at the high profile Delilah and The Sofitel Hotel where he features the world's top jazz musicians and vocalists. For several years, he has maintained a strong relationship with the The Los Angeles Jazz Society and has gone out to many schools in the Los Angeles' Unified School District to spark the interest of children to play music. Most recently, Ryan received recognition of his participation on Beyoncé’s Grammy Award –winning recording Lemonade.

COLOR ME JAZZ
James Tormé - Color Me Jazz

Multi-award winning vocalist James Tormé comes to Vibrato for a special performance of his new Color Me Jazz show. A brilliant reinvention of the smoky vocal jazz of the early 1960's, it’s a preview of both his upcoming PBS television special and new album out this summer on Universal. James Tormé brings his dulcet tones and high-level improvisational gifts to bare, tipping his hat to personal heroes Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw, Vic Damone, Jack Jones and his own father, Mel Tormé, as well as to 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” (as featured in the current Nespresso commercials featuring George Clooney), to Johnny Mandel’s ultra-dreamy iteration of Duke Ellington/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. Hailed by Sony Classics president Chuck Mitchell as “the greatest male jazz vocalist to come along in 20 years”, James Tormé is uniquely equipped to reimagine a time when jazz had to get down and dirty to fight off a Rock N’ Roll tidal wave. This one’s not to be missed.

Industry quotes about James:

“An unforgettable story, told by jazz royalty, sung by one of the very best in the business.” — Jazz FM
“In an evening brimming with brilliant moments it’s difficult to choose favourites.”  — London Jazz News
“James Tormé is definitely his father’s son - smooth and cool.”  — New York Post
“The audience seemed not only to buy it, but to lap it up.” — The Scotsman                                                    
 

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Cory Pesaturo
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Scott Martin's Latin Soul Band