The RRazz Room Announces October 2010 Concerts
October 2010 Concerts @ **the RRazz room
at Hotel Nikko San Francisco
**Except Connie Francis @ Castro Theatre
the RRazz room at Hotel Nikko
222 Mason Street (at Ellis)
San Francisco, California 94102
Great American Songbook
Sat, Oct 2, 8pm; Sun, Oct 3, 7pm
One From The Hart
Direct from her critically acclaimed performance as Norma Desmond in the Ogunquit Playhouse's production of Sunset Boulevard, Stefanie Powers makes a rare Bay Area appearance in a brand new show featuring the music of Lorenz Hart. Stefanie Powers is probably best known to audiences for her work on the very popular, long-running television series "Hart to Hart" with Robert Wagner. She began her career at age fifteen, dancing briefly for famed choreographer Jerome Robbins. Stefanie was under contract to Columbia Pictures for five years appearing in 15 motion pictures. In addition to her films, she has made dozens of TV guest appearances, over 20 mini-series and toured in many theatrical productions including Under the Yum Yum Tree, How the Other Half Loves, Sabrina, A View From the Bridge, Oliver! and Annie Get Your Gun. She appeared in the first revival of Applause, the musical version of All About Eve, Off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues and took over for Elaine Page in the elaborate UK production of The King and I. Her debut CD On the Same Page (Jambo Music/2003), is a collection of tunes from the classic American songbook. Stefanie's long awaited memoire, "One From the Hart," will be available in the Fall of 2010. She is also co-founder and president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, established in 1982 as a public charity to continue the late actor's conservation work in Africa.
Stephanie Powers "One From The Hart" runs for 2 performance only Saturday, October 2 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 3 at 7:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $45 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Stephanie Powers:
LGBT, Political and Social Satire
Mon, Oct 4, 8pm
Karel Stands Up
Uncensored, Unfiltered, Unhinged. Be prepared for the fastest and funniest two hours allowed by law as Karel Stands Up v6.0 hits the stage. Biting wit, splitting comedy, painful truths and hysterical life stories (and even a few parody songs thrown in) makes the stage show everything his radio show is and more. Karel is the host of the syndicated "The Karel Show" heard in San Francisco on KKGN Green960, Santa Cruz/Monterey on KRXA 540 AM, KYNS San Luis Obispo and KJRB Spokane. He has had #1 talk shows at Citadel/ABC's flagship station, KGO AM 810 San Francisco (#1 overall station) and for KFI AM 640 Los Angeles. Entertainment reporter and film critic for KNX 1070 Los Angeles (CBS), panelist on major news shows, columnist for the HuffingtonPost.com and fill in host for the likes of Bill Press on his national show, columnist for magazines such as Billboard and Advocate, his book of essays "You Can't Say That" published by Alyson Press was called one of the most biting of its time. His music is available at iTunes and other online stores and he maintains a blog, podcasts and message boards at www.thekarelshow.com. But it's the Karel that's live and on stage that is an instant sensation for anyone that sees him. Unafraid and uninhibited, Karel attacks the stage using current events as a springboard for comedy that has been compared to some of the greatest political and social satirists of all time. Don't miss it when Karel Stands Up near you.
Karel Stands Up runs for 1 performance only Monday, October 4 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $25 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Karel Stands Up:
Great American Songbook, Jazz
Wed-Thu, Oct 6-7, 8pm
REBECCA PARRIS AND THE GEORGE MESTERHAZY TRIO
Rebecca Parris was born in Newton, Massachusetts on December 28, 1951. She was born of a family of musicians and educators. Rebecca performed from the age of 6, mostly in musical theatre. Her parents encouraged her to pursue the study of music. She studied with world-famous vocal coach, Blair MacClosky (her uncle) and attended the Boston Conservatory. Rebecca started her professional career in music working with various top 40's bands in the Northeast. She found that she preferred singing jazz and embarked upon a career in the jazz world. Rebecca has performed all over the world with her own groups, as well as with some of jazz's greatest legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, David "Fathead" Newman, Norman Simmons. Harold Jones, Andy Simpkins, Gerry Wiggins, Bill Cunliffe, Red Mitchell, Buster Cooper, Nat Pierce, and many others.
George Mesterhazy, an East coast pianist who is well known among the tight-knit casino entertainment industry, earned a Grammy® nomination performing with Shirley Horn on her album Loving You. He's also recorded with jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris and performed frequently at the Cape May Jazz Festival. Mr. Mesterhazy currently collaborates with the wonderful Paula West.
Rebecca Parris and The George Mesterhazy Trio runs for 2 performance only Wednesday-Thursday, October 6-7 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $35 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Rebecca Parris and The George Mesterhazy Trio
Great American Songbook, Pop, Theatre
Fri, Oct 8, 8pm; Sat, Oct 9, 7pm and 930pm; Sun, Oct 10, 7pm
of The Monkees
Broadway entertainer, Tony nominee, teenage idol and international sensation, Davy Jones is finally coming to SAN FRANCISCO! With 70 million plus albums sold, his repetoire includes hits such as "Last Train to Clarksville," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "I'm a Believer," "Daydream Believer" and "Stepping Stone." From vast Las Vegas stages to family amphitheaters like Disney World and Busch Gardens, his talent and appeal crosses cultural and generational boundaries. With humor and friendly familiarity, he continues to woo audiences to this day. Davy Jones now brings his show to the most intimate of settings - our very own RRazz room. Don't miss your chance to experience the magic that only Davy Jones brings to the stage.
Davy Jones of The Monkees runs for 4 performance only Friday, October 8 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, October 9 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM; Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $45-47.50 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Davy Jones of The Monkees:
Political and Social Satire
Mon, Oct 11, 18, 25, 8pm
Reigning as C-SPAN's favorite comic, Durst is a six-time Emmy nominee and recipient of seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He is the first comic invited to perform at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the show "Myth America." He has racked up more than 400 television appearances in 14 different countries, while slinging jokes around the globe in his one-man crusade to make people laugh out loud on purpose, against their will. Hobbies include the never-ending quest for the perfect cheeseburger, while his heroes remain the same as when he was 12: Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. Will Durst's performances are made possible by the First Amendment.
Will Durst runs for 3 performance only Mondays, October 11, 18, 25 at 8:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $25 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Will Durst:
Classic Soul and R&B
Wed-Sat, Oct 13-16, 8pm; Sun, Oct 17, 7pm
RUSSELL THOMPKINS, JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS
Stop, Look, Listen ... To The Legendary Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics
Russell had the opportunity to work with such greats as Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Burt Bacharach, Carol Bayer Sager, Van McCoy, Teddy Randazzo, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Dexter Wansel, Cynthia Biggs, Preston Glass, Maurice Starr, and Jeff Tyzik. Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics and it earned them: (7) gold albums, (5) gold singles, (2) double gold singles, (8) platinum albums, (1) double platinum album, (4) platinum singles along with a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," and a plaque on the Walk of Fame in 1994, in center city Philadelphia, including various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Russell's departure from the group in April 2000 has culminated in two separate but equally important events. The first event was the release of his first solo CD A Matter Of Style (ForEverMore Music/2002). The second event was the formation of "The New Stylistics," who are dedicated to preserving the sound of the original recordings. As Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics they are committed to delivering high quality vocal performances on stage and in the studio in a professional and masterful style. Russell brings to the table an unparalleled level of talent, dedication, and professionalism. His major goal and mission is to provide his fans, friends, and supporters, who have remained loyal for over 30 years, with the same quality of music and showmanship.
Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics runs for 5 performances only Wednesday-Saturday, October 13-16 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 17 at 7:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $42.50-47.50 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics:
Great American Songbook, Pop, Rock
Saturday, October 16, 8pm
RRazz Room Concert Series at The Historic Castro Theatre Presents
THE LEGEND CONTINUES...
The most prolific female rock 'n' roll hit-maker of the early rock era, CONNIE FRANCIS has recorded songs in nine different languages, which made her an international star. Her grand and powerful voice produced many hits including "Who's Sorry Now," "Where the Boys Are," "Stupid Cupid," "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You," "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," "Mama," "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own," and many more.
Connie Francis runs 1 performance only Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 PM. The Castro Theatre is located at 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Tickets are $49-99. For reservations call 415.392.4400 or visit:
Dedicated link to Connie Francis:
Great American Songbook, Jazz, Theatre
Tue-Sat, Oct 19-23, 8pm; Sun, Oct 24, 4pm
DAME CLEO LAINE
Join the legendary Dame Cleo Laine as she embarks on her first tour since the passing of her husband, Sir John Dankworth. Spontaneity is the catchword for Miss Laine's choice of repertoire, but her programs always include substantial representation from the great Broadway composers, almost inevitably including the work of the great George Gershwin. From the world of jazz, Ms. Laine frequently pays tribute to the unforgettable music of Duke Ellington. Of course, no Cleo Laine program would be complete without a sprinkling of her famous Shakespeare settings, some of them by her late husband Sir John Dankworth. Ms. Laine is thrilled to return to San Francisco to, once again, delight her fans with warm memories from a passing age in music and an iconic voice that has moved generations.
Dame Cleo Laine runs for 6 performances only Tuesday-Saturday, October 19-23 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 24 at 4:00 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $42.50-50 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Dame Cleo Laine:
Cabaret, LGBT, Pop, Rock, Theatre
Fri-Sat, Oct 22-23, 10:30pm
$20-30 (Limited VIP)
Somebody to Love: My Tribute to Freddie Mercury
Ever since Carly discovered the voice of Freddie Mercury, she has been in love with his theatrical, rocker glam persona. Freddie Mercury could sing anything...in any style, and that alone is an art to celebrate. After covering and loving his music for years, Ms. Ozard and musical director Joe Wicht are creating "Somebody To Love: My Musical Tribute to Freddie Mercury." Carly will be Queen for a day, paying homage to her idol, and sharing historic and interesting facts about Mercury's public and intimate lifestyle. Carly relates to Mercury's flair for theatrical and dramatic performing, incorporating his work into a night of fabulous cabaret.
Carly Ozard, Somebody to Love: My Tribute to Freddy Mercury runs for 2 performance only Friday-Saturday, October 22-23 at 10:30 PM. The RRazz room at Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street (at Ellis), San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $20-30 (Limited VIP) with a two-drink minimum . For reservations call 866.468.3399 or visit:
Dedicated link to Carly Ozard:
Great American Songbook, Jazz, Folk, Soul and Blues
Sun, Oct 24, 7:30pm
Jacqui Dankworth, the imaginative, moving, and adventurous vocalist in concert with her stellar group of musicians, celebrates the release of her new album Back To You (Audacious Music/2009). A stunning collection of originals either written or co-written by Jacqui, along with a selection from her favourite songwriters including James Taylor, Sting and Randy Newman. Already established as one the United Kingdom's leading jazz vocalists, Jacqui's live concert showcases her unique versatility and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres, drawing on jazz, folk, soul and blues, as well as her acute sensibility as a songwriter and lyricist.