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Mike Renzi

 
Bio:
Renzi was musical director for Peggy Lee and Mel Torme for over 25 years. He also worked on Sesame Street as the music director for seasons 31 through 40 and recorded Our First Christmas with singer Cynthia Crane and leads the Mike Renzi Trio. After living and working in and around Providence, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Renzi was musical director for Peggy Lee and Mel Torme for over 25 years. He also worked on Sesame Street as the music director for seasons 31 through 40 and recorded Our First Christmas with singer Cynthia Crane and leads the Mike Renzi Trio. After living and working in and around Providence, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1983]
Piano

Photos

Ron Abel, Mike Renzi, Stephen Sorokoff Photo

Ron Abel, Mike Renzi, Stephen Sorokoff

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Date:
03/06/2021
Stephen Sorokoff & Mike Renzi Photo

Stephen Sorokoff & Mike Renzi

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02/20/2020
Nicolas King & Mike Renzi Photo

Nicolas King & Mike Renzi

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Date:
02/02/2020

 

Stage

Productions

Piano

Mike Renzi Biography

Renzi was musical director for Peggy Lee and Mel Torme for over 25 years. He also worked on Sesame Street as the music director for seasons 31 through 40 and recorded Our First Christmas with singer Cynthia Crane and leads the Mike Renzi Trio.


After living and working in and around Providence, he graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1973 and Berklee College Of Music the following year, working with local bands and as accompanist to visiting artists. Among these was Sylvia Sims and it was as a direct result of this engagement that he was hired to work with Mel Tormé. In 1976 he moved to New York City and from the late 70s onwards through the next two decades and into the early years of the twenty-first century, he appeared on scores of albums, sometimes only as pianist but most often also as arranger.

He served as musical director for legends including Ruth Brown, Laverne Butler, Ann Hampton Callaway, Diahann Carroll, Freddy Cole, Cynthia Crane, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Blossom Dearie, Scott Hamilton, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Jack Jones, Eartha Kitt, Steve Laspina, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Jay Leonhart, Gloria Lynne, Maureen McGovern, Liza Minnelli, Gerry Mulligan, Mark Murphy, Houston Person, John Pizzarelli, Annie Ross, George Shearing, an eight-week tour with Frank Sinatra, Carol Sloane, Grady Tate and, most recently, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga






Mike Renzi News

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by Stephen Mosher - May 6, 2022

Photos: Go Inside Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook Gala Photo Photos: Go Inside Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 3, 2022

In a time when the people that live on our planet can’t seem to agree on anything, being in a room where everyone was on the same page celebrating the importance and brilliance of American Popular Music and honoring some of it’s most talented artists was truly a joy.  

Betsy Wolfe, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & More at The Green Room 42 in May Photo Betsy Wolfe, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & More at The Green Room 42 in May
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

The Green Room 42 has announced their May line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.

10 Videos Announcing That LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER With Nicolas King At The Gre Photo 10 Videos Announcing That LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER With Nicolas King At The Green Room 42
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 25, 2022

LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Brings Nicolas King back to The Green Room 42, and Broadway World Cabaret is counting the days and the videos.

BWW Album Review: CAROL SLOANE LIVE AT BIRDLAND Captures A Historic Entertainer In Bl Photo BWW Album Review: CAROL SLOANE LIVE AT BIRDLAND Captures A Historic Entertainer In Blissful Beautiful Action
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 20, 2022

Recorded live in 2019, Carol Sloane's Birdland concert is captured wonderfully on this Club 44 Records release.

BWW Review: MAC AWARDS CEREMONY at Symphony Space Featuring The Photography of Helane Photo BWW Review: MAC AWARDS CEREMONY at Symphony Space Featuring The Photography of Helane Blumfield
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 15, 2022

The thirty-sixth annual MAC Awards were presented on Tuesday night in a ceremony that was widely remarked upon for the length of its duration.

John Minnock Makes BIRDLAND Debut And Announces New Album, ‚ÄúSimplicity‚ÄĚ Photo John Minnock Makes BIRDLAND Debut And Announces New Album, ‚ÄúSimplicity‚ÄĚ
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 9, 2022

Singer and master song interpreter John Minnock issues Simplicity on Dot Time Records, reprising his artistic partnership with saxophonist-composer and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. Following Minnock's acclaimed 2020 release Herring Cove, Simplicity signals an evolution of his artistry.

Club44 Records Releases New Album from Carol Sloane, Live at BIRDLAND Photo Club44 Records Releases New Album from Carol Sloane, Live at BIRDLAND
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 8, 2022

CLUB44 RECORDS has announced the new album Carol Sloane, Live at Birdland, which is available on streaming platforms and on CD in stores and online today, Friday, April 8. This release marks the veteran vocalist’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist, and her first album in over a decade. Recorded at the legendary New York jazz boite in September 2019, she was joined by an all-star trio, including the late Mike Renzi on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, and Scott Hamilton on saxophone. The album features liner notes by award-winning writer James Gavin and is produced by Joel Moss and Mark D. Sendroff. Stream, download or order the album at club44.lnk.to/LiveAtBirdland.

Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook 2022 Benefactors Gala Wil Photo Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook 2022 Benefactors Gala Will Honor Steve Tyrell
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2022

The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook is hosting its 2022 Benefactor Gala on Friday, April 29, at 6pm. 

Club44 Records to Release CAROL SLOANE 'LIVE AT BIRDLAND' Photo Club44 Records to Release CAROL SLOANE 'LIVE AT BIRDLAND'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

CLUB44 RECORDS has announced the new album Carol Sloane, Live at Birdland, which will be available on streaming platforms and on CD in stores and online Friday, April 8. This release marks the veteran vocalist’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist, and her first album in over a decade.

Mike Renzi Videos

VIDEO: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Perform on NEW YEARS EVE WITH CARSON DALY
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 2, 2015

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga treated fans to a performance from their hit duets album 'Cheek to Cheek' on NBC's NEW YEARS EVE WITH CARSON DALY on Wednesday, December 31st. Check the performance below!

STAGE TUBE: Miss Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's CHEEK TO CHEEK: LIVE? Watch it Here!
by Stage Tube - Oct 25, 2014

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! - an evening of classic jazz standards in both vocal duets and solo performances - aired on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, last night, October 24 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. In case you missed it (or just want to watch it again,) PBS is offering up the chance view it this weekend online - check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Rehearse 'Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered'
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2014

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! - an evening of classic jazz standards in both vocal duets and solo performances - airs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, tonight, October 24 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. In anticipation, the pair have debuted a video from rehearsal, featuring 'Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered.' Check it out!

VIDEO: First Look - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga in 'But Beautiful' Studio Video!
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 13, 2014

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have just released the studio video for 'But Beautiful' from their #1 album, 'Cheek To Cheek'. Check it out below!

VIDEO: Lady Gaga Reveals Remixes of 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love'
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 7, 2014

Lady Gaga turned to Twitter today to reveal #Jazzpop remixes of her collaboration with Tony Bennett on 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love', a track featured on the pair's new album 'Cheek to Cheek.'

VIDEO: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Perform 'But Beautiful' Live from Brussels!
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 1, 2014

Below, get a first look and listen to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform 'But Beautiful' live from Brussels!

VIDEO: Tony Bennett Performs Medley of Songs from 'Cheek to Cheek' on TONIGHT SHOW
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 30, 2014

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, music guest Tony Bennett performed a medley of his songs 'But Beautiful' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing'

FIRST LISTEN: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love'
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 19, 2014

As fans eagerly await Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's upcoming album 'Cheek to Cheek' dropping September 23rd, the duo have shared another single from the project.

VIDEO: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Visit Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 30, 2014

Grammy-winning singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett visited Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, NY recently to talk to the students about pursuing their dream of careers in the arts.

VIDEO: Watch Music Video for Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Anything Goes'!
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 29, 2014

Below, check out the music video for Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' from the album, now available for purchase