Why hire Russ Lorenson - Celebrating Bobby Darin?
Crooner Russ Lorenson explores the life and music of an American music legend in his show, "As Long As I’m Singin': Russ Lorenson Celebrates the Music of Bobby Darin". An innovative performer whose tragically brief life was often stranger than fiction, Bobby Darin worked his way from shady nightclubs all the way to the world-famous Copacabana, where he smashed all attendance records, and wowed audiences with hits like "Splish Splash," "Mack the Knife," "Beyond the Sea," and "If I Were A Carpenter."
A dynamic entertainer and musical chameleon, Bobby Darin had Top 10 hits in Rock 'n Roll, Jazz, Pop, Country and Folk, moving effortlessly through each genre and making it his own. Not only a Grammy-winning recording artist, Bobby was also an award-winning composer, an Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, and a music publishing mogul. His marriage to "America's Sweetheart" Sandra Dee broke young girls' hearts and made headlines around the world.
Beset with illness from an early age, Bobby was driven to accomplish all he could in what he knew would be a brief life, and gave everything he had to be remembered "as a human being and as a great performer."
With a swingin' 7-piece band featuring the Bay Area's hottest jazz musicians, along with a trio of beautiful backup singers, the show captures Bobby's unique spirit, musical versatility, and fun-loving style! With the style and panache of a 1950s crooner, Russ Lorenson is the perfect performer to reinterpret Darin's hits.
Jazz Review says that “Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick; he is his own man.” Nominated for a 2007 MAC Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Russ Lorenson’s passion for the stage started as a youngster, with a performing career that began at age seven in his home town of Philadelphia. As an actor he has appeared in award-winning musical productions with theatre companies throughout the US, and has toured with the National Theatre for Children. As a vocalist he has toured the US, UK and Europe, appearing in concert with such luminaries as Broadway stars Teri Ralston (Company, A Little Night Music, The Baker’s Wife), Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard) and Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera), "Queen of Cabaret" Andrea Marcovicci, jazz diva Wesla Whitfield, and as the opening act for the legendary Eartha Kitt.
Lorenson is best known for his critically-acclaimed tribute to another American music icon in his show, "Benedetto/Blessed: Celebrating the Life and Music of Tony Bennett." Lorenson’s tribute to the man whom Frank Sinatra called "the best singer in the business" has enjoyed sold-out runs across the country, including the Empire Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl's and The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Sterling’s Upstairs in Los Angeles, Milwaukee’s Wilson Center for the Arts, and New York's famed Iridium Jazz Club.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 120 minutes
Once In A Lifetime
Sock Hop Medley (Splish Splash, Queen of the Hop, Dream Lover)
Was There a Call for Me
Mack The Knife
That's the Way Love Is
Beyond The Sea
Have You Got Any Castles, Baby
If I Had My Druthers
You're The Reason I'm Living
18 Yellow Roses
Call Me Irresponsible
That Darn Cat
On The Street Where You Live
If I Were A Carpenter
Once Upon A Time
Simple Song of Freedom
As Long As I'm Singin'
The Curtain Falls
Past Booked Dates:
01-10-2012 — Rrazz Room, San Francisco
01-09-2012 — Rrazz Room, San Francisco
11-15-2011 — Rrazz Room, San Francisco
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