The Rrazz Room Announces Upcoming Performances

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The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub announces upcoming performances for January, February, and March.

MADS TOLLING QUARTET
Two-Time Grammy Award Winning Jazz Violinist Returns To The RRazz Room
Mon, 1/16, 8pm
$25
As a long time member of bass legend Stanley Clarke's Band Mads likes to explore the fusions in music. His set will include music from the one of the great fusion ensembles, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. Mads will go with some of the humor & show of Frank Zappa, and then he will dive right into tackling jazz masters Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley. Mads is a prolific writer, and his quartet will tackle some of his compositions from their latest album "The Playmaker...."
Jazz Fusion Violinist

Jack Jones
Legendary 2-Time Grammy Winning Vocalist Makes His RRazz Room Debut!
Tue-Sat, 1/17-21, 8pm
Sun, 1/22, 5pm
$40-45
Jack Jones is one of the greatest singers of all time. A true Singers' Singer and luminary. A double Grammy winner, Jack performs around the globe to sold-out audiences in venues ranging from Jazz clubs to the London Palladium. Jack Jones is the very definition of a complete and total entertainer. The New York Times raves, "he is arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer...." There is only one Jack Jones, and he makes his RRazz Room debut with six not-to-be missed performances. 
Traditional Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Musical Theatre, Singer/Actor

ISE LYFE
Hosted by Nikki Thomas of 102.9FM KBLX and the Nikki Thomas Network
Fri-Sat, 1/20-21, 10pm
$20 ($30 Ltd VIP ~ 30 seats)
One of the greatest young performers in the nation, HBO Def poet and Hip-Hop artist Ise Lyfe performing a musical and spoken word tribute to DR. Martin Luther King Jr. 
Poet, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word artist

NIGHT BEAT AT THE RRAZZ ROOM WITH JONATHAN PORETZ & FRIENDS
Sun, 1/22, 7pm
$29.50
What happened late night in Las Vegas now returns to San Francisco's elegant Rrazz Room. Jonathan Poretz, who has starred as Frank Sinatra in the long-running show, "The Rat Pack is Back," is bringing back the carefree spirit and fun filled nightlife that epitomized the casino lounges of the swinging 60s. Backed by his jazz and swing-infused trio, Jonathan creates an intimate, after-hours atmosphere for those late-nighters seeking a little nightcap to their evening's entertainment. 
Crooner, Jazz, Traditional Pop, Swing

JIMMY KANSAU AND HIS TRIO
Mon, 1/23, 8pm
$25
It is his love and appreciation for the music of early to mid 20th century Latin America and the Caribbean combined with his understanding of the elegance of classic American jazz that inspires Jimmy to fuse the best of both worlds. It is to that exquisite nexus of sensuousness and musicality where he and his musicians take us with a smile. 
Latin, Opera, Jazz

MATTHEW MARTIN
All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead
Tue, 1/24, 8pm
$30
Matthew Martin returns to The RRazz. Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Katharine Hepburn and other Hollywood royalty will be conjured in tribute to their careers, and the gay audiences that have kept their memories alive and well. Stars never die, and these legendary ladies are the landmark of gay culture. Fasten your seat belts, San Francisco; it's going to be a bumpy night.
Tribute, Musical Theatre Singer, LGBT

JEFFERSON STARSHIP
Celebrates Historic Milestone in 2012 With Residency at The RRazz Room
San Francisco Legendary Band Set To Perform Their 2,000th Show Since Launching in 1974!!!
Wed-Fri, 1/25-27, 8pm
Sat, 1/28, 7 & 9:30pm
Sun, 1/29, 7pm
$40-45
The special acoustic/electric themed performances shall feature a luminary assemblage, fronted by Grammy nominated lead vocalist Cathy Richardson who starred on Broadway in "Love, Janis." Joining Richardson, Freiberg & Kantner & keyboardist/bassist Chris Smith who joined the band in 1998 after years with The Supremes, will be vocalists Darby Gould & Linda Imperial, legendary Bay area folkie Jack Traylor & acclaimed violinist Aaron Redner from Hot Buttered Rum appearing on successive nights. 
Legendary Rock, Progressive Rock Band

Hear My Song: An Evening With G. SCOTT LACY
San Francisco favorite CHRISTOPHER M. NELSON
and
Broadway/Film/Television and cabaret star Emily Bergl
to guest star with G. SCOTT LACY
Mon, 1/30, 8pm
$20
G. Scott Lacy is one the country's most sought-after talents. He has musical directed over 120 productions working with such theatre companies as the Tony Award Winning La Jolla Playhouse, the award winning Lamb's Players Theatre, the Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, the Emmy Award Winning Malashock Dance Company and others. 
Broadway, Traditional Pop, Cabaret, Musical Director/Vocal Coach/Recording Artist, LGBT

The Soul Music Series co-produced with Shelly Tatum Presents
A Gospel Soul Experience starring
LYNETTE BAILEY & BRIDGETTE BAILEY
& Special Guests
Tue, 1/31, 7pm
$25
Sisters Bridgette E Bailey and Robin Lynette Bailey, known to many as "Lynette,"are native San Franciscans born into a musical family. Their grandfather LB Edwards was the founder of Providence Baptist Church Male Chorus and their grandmother Arnette Edwards was one of the lead altos in Providence Baptist Church Chancel Choir. The Edwards family, longtime members of Providence Baptist Church, are well known singers amongst the church community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gospel Soul Singers

The RRazz Room Comedy Club Series With:
DONNELL RAWLINGS
Thu, 2/2, 8pm
Fri, 2/3, 9pm
Sat, 2/4-5, 9 & 11pm
$25
Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. You've seen him on Comedy Central's award winning and critically celebrated "Chappelle's Show" as "Ashy Larry," the 70's jheri curled "Beautiful," and numerous other characters he's played. Donnell is the franchise player Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan wanted as a writer and prime time player on their team. "Hilarious" is what Linda Stasi of The New York Post calls Donnell's performance as host. 
Comedy

The RRazz Room LEGENDARY BAY AREA GIANTS OF JAZZ Concert Series
MARY STALLINGS feat. DAVID UDOLF, AKIRA TANA & RON BELCHER
Fri-Sat, 2/3-4 , 7pm
Sun, 2/5, 5pm
$30
Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well known as she should be. The niece of saxman Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5 and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster
Jazz Singer, Bay Area Legend
David Udolf, piano
Akira Tana, drums
Ron Belcher, bass

MARIA VOLONTE
Blue Tango Tour ~ The Encore!
Mon, 2/6, 8pm
$30
Winner of the Gardel Prize, a Latin Grammy nominee and member of the Tango Hall of Fame, Maria Volonte is an Argentine singer, guitarist and composer celebrated for the intense passion and beauty of her songs as well as for her charisma and sensuality on stage. The "Blue Tango" show is Maria's exploration of the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues, as two genres steeped in sin, born in brothels, censored yet always resurgent and speaking directly to our souls. 
Latin, Tango

CON FUNK SHUN feat. MlCHAEL COOPER
Tue-Thu, 2/7-9, 8pm
Fri-Sat, 2/10-11, 7 & 10pm
$35-40
Con Funk Shun is a star-quality attraction delivering a superb, high-energy show with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and a dash of humor. They are, unquestionably, among the heroes of Funk with romantic ballads and dance-party hits galore. Memorable melodies, inventive horn arrangements and clav-guitar woven grooves, make the group absolutely essential to the evolution of funk. They charted 4 consecutive Gold and 1 Platinum album. SOUND OF GROWN MEN coming soon. 
Funk, R&B, Soul

FREDDY COLE QUARTET
Sun, 2/12, 7pm $35
Mon, 2/13, 8pm $35
Tue, 2/14, 8pm $40
Special Valentine's Day Performance
Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday, and his timing swings a little more. His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected in jazz. 
Jazz Singer/Pianist

KAREL
"Comedy For The New Depression" Returns!
Wed, 2/15, 8pm
$25
"Comedy for the New Depression" is v4.0 of this uncensored, unfiltered and unhinged look at the news, Pop culture and life. Karel again takes biting wit, splitting comedy, painful truths, hysterical life stories, mixes in a few parody songs and creates one of the most unique and relevant stage shows around. "Comedy for the New Depression" is a roller-coaster ride that may not solve the economic crisis, but will certainly make it less painful. 
Comedy, Political Satire

Della Reese
Thu-Fri, 2/16-17, 8pm
Sat, 2/18, 7:30pm
$65
Legendary singer and actress. Born Deloreese Patricia Early in Detroit, Michigan. Reese began on the path that would lead her to show business by singing in her family's church at the age of six. Her talents landed her touring with gospel great Mahalia Jackson while still only a teenager. By 18, Reese had formed The Meditation Singers, the group that became the first to take gospel music to the nightclubs of Las Vegas. Reese began making records with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in the 1950s. 
Legendary Actress; Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Traditional Pop Singer

Cece Peniston & HER LIVE BAND
Sat, 2/18, 9:30pm
Sun, 2/19, 7pm
$35 ($45 Limited VIP seats; only 60 seats)
When her first single ever was released in 1991 on A&M Records, she was immediately thrust into the music industry worldwide and CeCe has continued with success ever since. Cece Peniston's first single "Finally", achieved Billboard 1 chart status and has sold multi-platinum world-wide, in addition to being featured on more than thirty compilation albums. CeCe thrust passed the one-hit wonder mark with achieving an additional 13 Billboard Top Ten chart status singles. New single "Stoopid." 
House, Pop, Soul, R&B

ZAPP BAND & SHIRLEY MURDOCK
Tue-Thu, 2/21-23, 8pm
$35 ($40 Ltd VIP)
An Old School Double Bill Night To Remember!
Zapp is a soul and funk band formed in 1978 by brothers Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman, and Terry Troutman. Known for hits such as "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Dance Floor," "Computer Love" and "I Wanna Be Your Man," the group was a partial source of inspiration to West Coast hip hop and G-funk. Zapp's hand-clapped, drum-beat styled funk of Zapp's records and Roger's use of the talk box became another reason for the group's impact and its success. 
Funk, West Coast Hip Hop
Singer/songwriter Shirley Murdock is best known for the ethereal ballad "As We Lay," which was produced by Roger Troutman. Murdock started out singing gospel music in her native Toledo. Troutman hired her as a background singer for his family's group Zapp, who had several hits on Warner Brothers (or its Reprise imprint). Based on this success, Troutman began recording tracks with Murdock and lead singer Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players, among others, at his Dayton-based recording studio Troutman Sound Labs. Murdock's brand new inspirational CD & DVD LIVE: THE JOURNEY (Tyscot Records/Oct 2011) features the Top 30 Radio single, "Dream." She recently performed this song at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication in Washington DC a few weeks ago. The project also features special guests Kelly Price, Regina Belle, and Beverly Crawford.
Gospel Singer/Songwriter

VONDA SHEPARD
An Intimate Evening With
Fri-Sat, 2/24-25, 8pm
$45Vonda Shepard's successful stint as the soulful musical voice of Ally McBeal is only one of the many polished gems adorning her prolific singing career. From late '80s hits to her latest acclaimed CD From the Sun, Vonda has a well-deserved reputation for crafting and performing authentic R&B and modern-day soul. Her richly textured voice has been called part Anita Baker and part Aretha Franklin, while her songs' musical depth and complexity are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan. 
Pop Rock Singer/Songwriter, Pianist

Historic Comedy Double Bill - A RRazz Room Exclusive Special Event:
Dick Gregory & Will Durst
Comedy For People Who Read Or Know Someone Who Does
Sat, 2/25, 4pm
Sun, 2/26, 3 & 7pm
Mon, 2/27, 8pm
$35 ($45 Ltd VIP)
Dick Gregory is an activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader, comedian, author, actor, recording artist and nutritionist. More...
Comedian Will Durst is the world's #1 political satirist. Outraged and outrageous, Will Durst is as current as today's headlines and universally acknowledged, by even his peers, as the nation's foremost political comic. He is a regular commentator for audible.com, Air America, CNN and NPR, and writes a nationally syndicated op-ed column (opposite of the editorial page). Comedy, Political Satire

Nellie McKay
I Want to Live!
Tue-Wed, 2/28-29, 8pm
$30
A "brilliant, zany film-noir musical biography" raves The New York Times about Nellie McKay's new cabaret show, inspired by the 1958 movie of the same name that won Susan Hayward an Oscar. "Combines Nellie McKay's unlimited gifts as a singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, ukulele player, mimic, satirist and comedian into a show that is much deeper than its surface might suggest." Joined by a stellar band, McKay combines period tunes with original tunes and more for a stunning night of theatre. 
Singer/Songwriter, Actress, Multi-Instrumentalist

KARYN WHITE
Greatest Hits & Brand-New CD Release
Thu-Fri, 3/1-2, 8pm
Sat, 3/3, 7 & 9:30pm
$45.50 ($55.50 Ltd VIP)
Karyn White originally from Los Angeles, California, is a POP/R&B singer who became popular during the late 1980s. White's self-titled debut album KARYN WHITE was released in 1988. It was produced by L.A. Reid & Babyface and achieved platinum status. KARYN WHITE contained the hit singles "The Way You Love Me," "Secret Rendezvous" (#6 in the U.S.; her biggest hit at the time), "Superwoman" (the song which sold 2 million copies and her classic hit) and "Love Saw It," a duet with Babyface.
Pop/R&B Singer/Songwriter

Janis Paige
Stage, Screen & Television Legend Returns To The RRazz Room By Popular Demand!
Sun, 3/4 , 5pm
Mon, 3/5, 8pm
$35 ($45 Limited VIP)
A captivating chanteuse and storyteller, Ms. Paige will share favorite songs and recount tales from her lifetime in the limelight from growing up during the Great Depression to achieving her dream of Hollywood stardom to the personal and professional triumphs, losses and laughs of a long and highly successful career in the entertainment industry. The insightful and down-to-earth Ms. Paige will take her audience along for a revealing, poignant, witty and unforgettable journey. 
Film, Television, Broadway Actress, Singer, Hollywood Legend

Lucie Arnaz
Lulu's Back In Town!
with Musical Director, Ron Abel on piano
Tue-Sat, 3/6-10, 8pm
Sun, 3/11, 7pm
$45
Believe it or not, Lucie Arnaz is celebrating 40 plus years in show business. She began her long career in a recurring role on television on The Lucy Show, opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. At age 15, she became a series regular on Here's Lucy, a show which ran for six seasons. She starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show and later in the critically acclaimed Sons & Daughters on CBS. On piano, Musical Director Ron Abel joins Lucie for a night of songs, memories, and love Lulu style. 
Broadway, Musical Theatre, Actress, Singer, Dancer and Producer, Cabaret

Linda Purl
Great American Songbook With A Splash Of Jazz
Tedd Firth, Musical Director
Tue-Wed, 3/13-14, 8pm
$35
Actress, singer, dancer, Linda is a main stay of TV. She has starred in over 40 TV Movies of the Week, and currently is seen as Helene Beesley on THE OFFICE as well as on LIE TO ME, a series led by Producer, Alexander Cary. She is probably best known as Charlene Matlock from the series Matlock and as Ashley Pfister, Fonzie's fiancée, from Happy Days. Linda began her career in the theatre in Japan, where she was raised and became the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. 
Traditional Pop, Jazz

Oleta Adams
"Get Here" For an Evening of Musical Brilliance
Thu-Fri, 3/15-16, 8pm
Sat, 3/17, 7 & 9:30pm
$49.50
Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut Platinum album Circle of One, and the hit single "Get Here" (a Brenda Russell composition), Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of other music genres. Oleta's success has been solidified by four Grammy nominations. Oleta was recruited by the British band Tears for Fears in 1989. 
Gospel, Soul, Jazz, British Pop Singer/Songwriter/Pianist

NIGHT BEAT AT THE RRAZZ ROOM WITH JONATHAN PORETZ & FRIENDS
Sun, 3/18, 7pm
$29.50
What happened late night in Las Vegas now returns to San Francisco's elegant Rrazz Room. Jonathan Poretz, who has starred as Frank Sinatra in the long-running show, "The Rat Pack is Back," is bringing back the carefree spirit and fun filled nightlife that epitomized the casino lounges of the swinging 60s. Backed by his jazz and swing-infused trio, Jonathan creates an intimate, after-hours atmosphere for those late-nighters seeking a little nightcap to their evening's entertainment.
Crooner, Jazz, Traditional Pop, Swing

Lynda Carter
The Wonder of Song
Thu-Sat, 3/22-24, 8pm
Sun, 3/25, 7pm
$45-55
Best known for winning our hearts as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sell-out crowds around the world. In addition to her long acting career, Lynda has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated network television specials, several of which were Emmy-nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world's most popular singers, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Bob Hope, George Benson, and Ben Vereen.
Actress, Jazz-County-Rock Singer

RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS
with Kenneth R. Thompkins, Musical Director
Wed-Fri, 3/28-30, 8pm
Sat, 3/31, 7 & 9:30pm
Sun, 4/1, 7pm
$42.50-47.50
Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics who garnered: 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles, a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," a plaque on the Walk of Fame in center city Philadelphia in 1974, as well as various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. 
Legendary Classic Soul, R&B Vocal Group

The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub, offers the finest in world-class Classic Soul, R&B, Traditional Pop, Jazz, Comedy, Revue and Cabaret entertainment. This intimate and acoustically perfect venue has been the home for past performers such as: Ashford & Simpson, Oleta Adams, Larry Carlton, Bobby Caldwell, Spyro Gyra, Hiroshima, Ottmar Liebert, Diane Schuur, Ben Vereen, Martha Reeves, Miki Howard, The Zapp Band, Con Funk Shun, Pete Escovedo feat. Juan & Peter Michael Escovedo, Freda Payne, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Kenny G, Lil' Kim, The Angela Bofill Experience, Australia's Thunder From Down Under, All-4-One, Taylor Hicks, Marlena Shaw, Mary Wilson, Janis Paige, Mark Curry, Stefanie Powers, Davy Jones, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Keiko Matsui, Ruben Studdard, Eddie Money, David Campbell, Barb Jungr, Lenny Williams, Paula West, Kim Nalley, Wesla Whitfield, Amanda McBroom, Cece Peniston, Jon Secada, Marilu Henner, Lynda Carter, Betty Buckley, Pia Zadora, Jerry Butler, Peter Asher, Judy Collins, The Shirelles feat. Legendary Original Member and Co-Founder BEverly Lee, Megan Mullallay and Rachelle Ferrell. Host-escorted seating assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open 60 minutes prior to show. The RRazz Room is a two-drink minimum, all-ages venue, and tickets are non-refundable. Limited Club R VIP Memberships available: 415.394.1189 or Kris@TheRRazzRoom.com

Additional helpful information: The R2 Lounge and Bar is open daily at 4pm. Happy Hour is from 4PM - 7PM, seven days a week. Dress Code is upscale casual. Inappropriate attire is: ripped jeans, flip-flops, baseball caps and jerseys. No audio nor video recording without prior approval. Absolutely no flash photography. Please silence cell phones, refrain from use, and keep conversations to a whisper during performances. With a validation from The RRazz Room, parking at the Mason O'Farrell Garage is $12 (up to five hours). Enter the garage from Mason or O'Farrell Streets.

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