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“…the UK’s leading standard bearer for the supercool era.” is how the London Evening Standard described Gary Williams, star of the West End’s “Rat Pack” and soloist with leading big bands and concert orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the BBC Big Band, Ireland’s RTE and the Lahti Sinfonia Finland.
Other work includes performing for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, ‘That’s Entertainment’ a tribute to the MGM musicals with the John Wilson Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, performing at Sinatra’s Palm Springs home for the LA Jazz Institute, Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, ‘Winter Wonderland’ at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘A Swingin’ Session’ with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in Los Angeles, ‘Big Band Wonderland’ at Ronnie Scott’s, ‘The Legend of Sinatra’ (UK tour), a tribute to the music of Fred Astaire presented by his daughter Ava, BBC Pebble Mill, Gloria Hunniford’s ‘Open House’ (with Donny Osmond and Burt Bacharach), the soundtrack for the Warner Bros’ motion picture ‘Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution’ and BBC1’s ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’. Time Out described his ‘Sinatra Jukebox’ show as “An evening of old school virtuosity.”
As the author of ‘Cabaret Secrets: How to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love’, he’s literally written the book on stage craft. It was described by The Times as “a fascinating insider’s handbook on how to nurture an audience” and, “a career GPS for cabaret performers” by David Ackert.
His three acclaimed Abbey Road studio albums prompted Oscar winning lyricist Don Black to say “In a world of Pop Idol mediocrity Gary Williams shines like a dazzling beacon”.
The London Times said, “Michael Bublé isn’t the only person keeping the Sinatra Flame alive”.
Would you like to perform at one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world? This week I talk to Paul Pace, one of the bookers at London’s Ronnie Scott’s. He tells us who they like to book and how you can work the same legendary stage as Ella Fitzgerald, Jamie Cullum and Miles Davis. (Read more…)January 17th 2015
As you probably already know 2015 sees the 100th birthday of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, his legacy still burns brighter than ever throughout the world. (Read more…)January 16th 2015
Lady Rizo (nee Amelia Zirin-Brown) is an American choreographer, comedienne, mistress of ceremonies, songwriter and singer. The Wall Street Journal summed her up best calling her a “high-class, high-energy belter who specialises in making old standards sound soulful and contemporary.”
Armed with her Manifesto of Intimacy, she knows the more real, honest and raw she is with her audience the more meaningful the experience for everyone. “When I am really in the flow I feel a direct prismatic connection with the whole audience. Authenticity is very important to me in this work. It’s important for me to acknowledge that we are in this room together, this is in real time, this is real life, this is happening right now.” (Read more…)
About this time five years ago I was hobnobbing with Gloria Estefan as she and six other nautical godmothers launched the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Entertaining the 5800 guests was the Broadway show Hairspray. Now Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin have made way for Rumpleteazer and Mr. Mistoffolees as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats makes it’s debut at sea. I’m back to see what this means for cruise ships and the West End.
Moving away from the review shows typical of cruise ships, Hairspray was among the first at sea to tell a story from beginning to end with lead actors and a full supporting cast. It was the closest anyone had got to recreating the West End experience on a ship. It was a success and Norwegian Cruise Lines took on Rock of Ages and Legally Blonde. Royal Caribbean followed that with Saturday Night Fever, Chicago, Mamma Mia and soon We Will Rock You. (Read more…)