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Jazz Singer James Tormé Celebrates Musical Greats in Show at Holland Center

Apr 11, 2016, 13:15 PM by Michael Frisco

James Torme

Singer Journeys Through Time, from Sinatra to his Father, the legendary Mel Tormé

Omaha, Neb. (April 6, 2016) – Witness stage and screen history when award-winning jazz singer, James Tormé, Celebrates The Greats in the intimate Scott Recital Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street, on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 8 p.m. The concert is part of the 2015/2016 Omaha Performing Arts 1200 Club Series, sponsored by Mutual of Omaha. This concert is sponsored by C&A Industries, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. Tickets start at $30, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.

The son of Grammy®-award winning singer Mel Tormé, James takes his legacy a step further. He puts a new spin on “old school” as he Celebrates The Greats from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Nat “King” Cole, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and, of course, his father, who was also known as “The Velvet Fog.”

The show draws from his story and his parents. His mother, British actress Janette Scott, met his father in 1965 in a club called the Cool Elephant in London. Tormé said the show was originally going to be about his influences but it ended up turning into a bio about his past, present and future. He also said the audience can expect to hear about what it was like growing up in his family to things he is experiencing now on the road and in the music scene. Jazz FM magazine said: “If you get a chance to see James Tormé, you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket.”

James Tormé has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ronnie Scott's Orchestra and Les Paul Trio. His 2011 debut album “Love for Sale” topped both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts. He has won several awards, including the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Award and the Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award.

The 1200 Club transforms the Holland Performing Arts Center’s Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall into a relaxed nightclub setting where patrons can experience performances by nationally and internationally known artists in jazz, blues and comedy. While enjoying the evening’s entertainment, audience members may enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served right to their candle-lit table. The remaining performance at the 1200 Club this season is Kevin Eubanks, May 20.

1200 Club performances for the 2016/2017 have been announced, and are currently available to those who purchase season tickets to one of Omaha Performing Arts’ 2016/2017 Series. For more information on Omaha Performing Arts’ 2016/2017 Season, visit www.OmahaPerformingArts.org/SeasonTickets.