By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the live concert.)
The world has enjoyed the music of Mel Tormė and now his son is carrying the torch.
James Tormė’s appearance in the Cabaret Room, at Smith’s Center was warmly welcomed by the audience. James’ show was more than a tribute to his father. He explained, “I sang my father’s songs because I was raised hearing his music but my repertoire goes beyond that. I drew material from family experiences and influences during my time.
I call my repertoire “The New American Songbook” and sing newer songs which I think are worthy of inclusion. This includes songs by Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gay. Much of the soul music of the ‘60s and early ‘70s is so beautiful.
When people come to see my show, I want to give them an evening they will always remember. It means a lot to me to share the stories of my family.”
James felt the music and moved to the beat as he sang. James described his performance, “It is almost like being a character getting into a role in a musical. After turning the page, he is the character.
That makes it more potent when you can feel what the songwriter was trying to say. I hope that comes across.
Eventually the great songs sang themselves. This is easy to do when you are working with the material I have chosen.
The notions of romance in the phrases of the older songs that I sing are unique to my show.
My second album appears in April with a mixture of old and new songs. The album has new songs that are old songs I discovered in the ‘60s and ‘70s by a great local legend in London named Earl Elkin. Those sings are “Yesterday’s Wine” and “My Room”.
I am writing arrangements for some special songs. My discovery is like finding a box in your attack that has un-released Lennon and McCarthy tunes. It is that level. I am excited to be developing these.
During my show, I sang “Yesterday’s wine” from my new album coming out in April; The working title is going to be called “Snow Love”. There is also a song could “Snow Love”.
My new “Discovery Show” is produced on the radio in England and airs in the United States. It is a three-hour show every Sunday on Jazz FM, from 6-9 am Pacific time, and 2-5 pm in England. I am proud to be the presenter. Every week I have a hidden treasure, artists I know about whom are not widely known. I introduce and talk about them and every hour a hidden treasure track is scheduled. www.jazzfm.com www.jamestorme.com
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, television commercials and travel specials for 28 years.
Sandy is a syndicated Show Reviewer, Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974. firstname.lastname@example.org.