Have Yourself A Merry Little Big Band 2015! - November 20, 2015
We're BAAAAAACK!!!! Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 8:30 and 10:30 PM at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City! Come celebrate the swingin' holidays with me and the little big band!
We're BAAAAAACK!!!! Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 8:30 and 10:30 PM at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City! Come celebrate the swingin' holidays with me and the little big band!
If you've been looking for my next performance date...you can relax and try again in the fall. I'm on hiatus from NYC and touring and just taking a little R&R at my lakeside cottage in upstate NY.
I'm also working on my new one-woman show titled "Shatnered!" You'll see what that's all about... in 2016.
Enjoy your summer, wherever you are, and don't forget to go out and support live music!
And if you want to keep us in the mix, you can always add some tunes from our CD's to your party playlists! Just go to Apple iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, or purchase an actual CD from CDBABY.com! There are only a handful of copies of Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band Live From The Iridium NYC left. Once they're gone, the music will still be available via download, just no more physical copies. And you can still download my first CD, Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye! via the usual online retailers. More info on that one at www.DrunkWithLove.com.
Check out some of Shaynee Rainbolt's music too! Go to www.Shaynee.com to see what she's been up to!
Have a Swingin' Summer, Pallies!
It has just been announced that Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band are taking a temporary hiatus from their regular monthly shows at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. The world-class music venue is partnering with PBS to record a series of live shows with legendary guitar players to be edited into a television special to air in 2014. While these recordings take place, the venue needs calendar flexibility and cannot commit to any open-ended runs or regularly-scheduled performances.
Look for an announcement soon about an alternate location for the "longest-running nightclub act on Broadway" and don't miss Terese Genecco in her other performances around the country. The BUG:OUT:MUSIC management team is in full gear and putting together some fantastic concert dates in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, and more.
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band will play two sets at The Iridium Jazz Club in the heart of Manhattan's theater district (Broadway @ 51st Street) in celebration of International Jazz Day. Their performances are at 8 & 10 PM Eastern Time and will be broadcast over the web via www.IridiumLive.tv. Tune in worldwide to catch "the longest-running nightclub act on Broadway - now in it's 5th year of monthly performances!
The band will also be joined by special guest star KJ Denhert (www.kjdenhert.com), recently returned from performances at The Cairo Jazz Festival and before her week of shows at The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
The evening will also feature original jazz compositions by members of the Little Big Band (Mark Miller, Tom Hubbard, Barry Levitt, Kenny Lavender, Ray Marchica, Mayra Casales, Sean Harkness and Cliff Lyons.)
More information about International Jazz Day can be found here: www.JazzDay.com
Well, we're almost at my 4-year anniversary of monthly performances at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City! I can't believe we've kept it going all this time but of course, I'm thrilled by our "staying power" up till now.
I usually ask one or two people to join me on stage each month to sing with my amazing "Little Big Band" as my "special guest stars" but for this one night only, I've decided to throw a true party and let a whole bunch of my super talented friends in the music biz jump up and sing with us! It's going to be a grand night of old-school, Las Vegas-style entertainment!
In set one we will hear from The Marvelous Marilyn Maye, Shaynee Rainbolt, Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst, Luba Mason, Karen Mason, Bill Zeffiro, Karen Oberlin, KT Sullivan, Raissa Katona Bennett, and Ray DeForest and in set two there will be Nina Hennessey, Colm Reilly, John DeMarco, Eric Michael Gillett, Dwight Thomas Vaughn, Shaynee Rainbolt, Ilene Kristen, and Scott Barbarino.
Reservations should be called into the box office at 212.582.2121 or purchase tickets online at the links below.
PURCHASE TICKETS for the 8 PM SET ONLINE: CLICK HERE
PURCHASE TICKETS for the 10 PM SET ONLINE: CLICK HERE
$25 cover charge plus a $15 food/bev minimum and you will be up close and personal with stars from the worlds of Broadway, Television, Film, and NYC Cabaret all night long!
I might actually get to sing a couple of songs as the night progresses as well!
Come out and celebrate my anniversary with us TOMORROW NIGHT ~ Tuesday, March 26th, 2013. The "Little Big Band" will be Barry Levitt on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, Mayra Casales on percussion, Sean Harkness on guitar, Cliff Lyons on saxes, Bud Burridge on trumpet, and Mark Miller on trombone.
"The wild party continues at The Iridium with Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band!" ~THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Genecco puts on an unstoppable juggernaut of a show!"~THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"A one-woman Rat Pack!" ~EXAMINER.COM
Terese Genecco is once again nominated for two MAC Awards as announced this weekend by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs in New York City. She is nominated in the MAJOR ARTIST category along side Eric Michael Gillett, Lennie Watts, Raissa Katona Bennett, and Baby Jane Dexter. Genecco is also nominated in the CD/Recording category (The LaMott/Friedman Award.) Also nominated are Colleen McHugh, T. Oliver Reid, Jane Scheckter, and Stacie Sullivan.
The 27th Annual MAC Awards show and ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 7 PM at B.B. King's Blues Club in Times Square.
More information and a complete list of nominees can be found at this link:
Or you can visit the MAC website at www.MACnyc.com.
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band are back at The Iridium Jazz Club this month (after a knockout show last month at the new Cutting Room with special guest star Lea DeLaria) and is pleased to announce that she will be joined on stage in both sets (8 & 10 pm) by three of the leading ladies of New York City cabaret!
KT Sullivan - Ms. Sullivan was recently named the Executive Director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation and is currently starring in "Vienna To Weimar" at Stage 72 with co-star Karen Kohler on Sunday nights at 7 PM. "One of the pleasures of cabaret reviewing over the long haul has been to observe the evolution of KT Sullivan frm an effervescent musical comedian into the increasingly fearless and complex singing character actor she is today." ~Stephen Holden for The New York Times
Karen Oberlin - "Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight, Ms. Oberlin has impeccable style, musical intelligence and delicately voluptuous phrasing." ~ Stephen Holden for The New York Times
Marissa Mulder - "The engagingly sunny cabaret singer Marissa Mulder has a voice with a bounce and a twinkle that recall that much missed pop-jazz pixie Blossom Dearie. Her ingenuousness is real." ~Stephen Holden for The New York Times
"The wild party continues at The Iridium. Terese Genecco is a natural with a freewheeling playfulness and a raucous 8-piece band!" ~ Stephen Holden for The New York Times
THE IRIDIUM is located at 1650 BROADWAY @ 51ST ST in NEW YORK CITY.
Show times are at 8 & 10 PM.
Reservations may be made (and are highly encouraged) by calling the box office at The Iridium at 212.582.2121.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at TicketWeb using this link: CLICK HERE
The first annual BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Awards have been announced and Terese Genecco has been nominated in three separate categories: 2012 Show of the Year, 2012 Outstanding Female Vocalist, and 2012 Outstanding CD Release. Voting is open to the general public through December 31st, 2012. The winners will be announced in early January and will be celebrated in a performance on February 21st, 2013 at The Metropolitan Room in NYC.
Cast your votes for Terese Genecco at the link below!
(It only takes a couple of minutes!) THANKS from BUG:OUT:MUSIC!
LEGENDARY LATIN/JAZZ PERCUSSIONIST JACK “MR. BONGO” COSTANZO RETURNS FOR FIRST NEW YORK CITY PERFORMANCE IN OVER 50 YEARS - GUEST STARS WITH TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND in The 100th Birthday Celebration of The Fabulous Frances Faye! Also to Feature NYC Cabaret Legend Ricky Ritzel on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012 AT 1 PM @ 54 BELOW
(September 12, 2012) Little did he know that when legendary Latin/jazz percussionist Jack Costanzo performed at Carnegie Hall with The Stan Kenton Orchestra on February 14, 1948, it would be more than a decade before his return to New York City in 1961 to play the famed Basin Street East with nightclub entertainer, Frances Faye. For more than a half a Century after, Costanzo played everywhere else except New York City. He makes his triumphant return on Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at 1PM at New York’s finest new nightclub establishment, 54 Below, appearing with “the longest-running nightclub act on Broadway,” Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band. 30-year NYC cabaret veteran, Ricky Ritzel, will also be tagging along for the ride, celebrating the inimitable Faye in high, swinging style.
Jack Costanzo is a composer, conductor and drummer best known as a Latin/jazz percussionist. He was nicknamed “Mr. Bongo” by the late music critic and journalist Leonard Feather. After World War II, Costanzo was discharged from the Navy and set up shop at The Beverly Hills Hotel as a dance instructor where Latin band leader Bobby Ramos listened to Costanzo playing bongos in a jam session and offered him a job. Throughout the 40s, he worked with several Latin bands including Desi Arnaz and Rene Touzet. Costanzo toured with The Stan Kenton Orchestra from 1947-48 and occasionally in the 1950s, and played around the world with Nat “King” Cole from 1949 to 1953. In addition to playing on Frances Faye’s live recording of her “Caught In The Act” LP from The Crescendo Nightclub in Hollywood in 1958, he has also worked with many of the biggest names in the music business from Peggy Lee and Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Martin & Lewis. Costanzo formed his own band in Hollywood in the 50s where many Hollywood stars studied bongos with him including Marlon Brando, Rita Moreno, Tony Curtis, Gary Cooper, and Vic Damone. He appeared in over 20 television shows and films including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, and the film “Harum Scarum” starring Elvis Presley. “Mr. Bongo” was in retirement until 1998 and made his comeback with a 2001 CD release, “Back From Havana” on Ubiquity Records followed by three more recordings. Costanzo appeared for the first time with Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band at The Plush Room in San Francisco during a two week run in April of 2007 and again for two separate engagements at The M Bar in Hollywood in 2007 and 2008.
Frances Faye was born on November 4, 1912 in Brooklyn and became a critically acclaimed nightclub performer with a career that spanned more than six decades and rivaled the attendance records of Peggy Lee. She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Steve Allen Show, Playboy’s Penthouse With Hugh Hefner, 20-20 with Hugh Downs, and several TV shows in Australia. She was in the 1938 Bing Crosby film “Double Or Nothing” (singing and dancing with Crosby and Martha Raye) and then later in the 1977 Louis Malle film, “Pretty Baby.” She was also a subject of interest in Bruce Weber’s film “Chop Suey.” Faye recorded more than a dozen albums and over a hundred singles for Capital, Imperial and Bethlehem record labels. She passed away on November 8, 1991 at the age of 79 after complications from a series of strokes.
Terese Genecco has been appearing at The Iridium in New York City in “the longest-running nightclub act on Broadway,” now in it’s fourth year of monthly performances featuring her stellar 8-piece “little big band.” She first rose to prominence with her critically acclaimed cabaret show, “Drunk With Love: A Tribute To Frances Faye!” which had its world premiere in San Francisco with a five-week run at The New Conservatory Theatre Center in the summer of 2005. The show made its New York City debut in October of 2005 with a week of performances at The Encore Showroom and continued to return every few months to The Metropolitan Room where it garnered a Bistro and two MAC awards and made the Top Ten list in Time Out New York Magazine two years in a row. Genecco has performed in major jazz and concert venues around the world including The Basement Jazz Club in Sydney, Australia, The Raye Freedman Centre for the Performing Arts in Auckland, and The Turner Centre in Kerikeri, New Zealand, The Canyon Club in Los Angeles (with James Torme,) The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, The Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey (as the opening act for Steve Tyrell) and in the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Annual Cabaret Convention held in the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz @ Lincoln Center in New York. She has graced the stages of every New York City cabaret club in solo, group and benefit shows since relocating from San Francisco in 2009 after a year-long run of late-night Saturday performances at The Rrazz Room in The Hotel Nikko. She is the recipient of 2 MAC Awards in 2012 for “Show Of The Year” and “Major Artist Female/Duo” and was recently named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in New York City Cabaret. Genecco is a BFA graduate from the Musical Theater/Drama Department at Syracuse University.
Ricky Ritzel has been a fixture on the nightclub and cabaret scene in New York City for 30 years and has received most cabaret awards including 13 MAC Awards in 8 different categories. He was recently named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in New York City Cabaret. He has performed all over the United States as well as London and Paris. An accomplished solo performer, Ricky has also accompanied such great artists as Vivian Blaine, Julie Wilson, and Ruth Warrick. He was the featured musician/sidekick on Sandra Bernhard’s Radio Show on SIRIUS XM satellite radio and was musical director for the Sally Rand Tribute at Town Hall featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Donna McKechnie, Marge Champion, Karen Mason and directed by Tony Stevens. In his biggest tour de force performance, Ricky was seen in Las Vegas as Jimmy Durante in “Stop The Music” at The Cashman Theatre with Sharon McNight as Sophie Tucker. He continues to perform his solo shows in New York City cabaret clubs to critical acclaim and standing ovations and has just recently launched his new web talk show, “Ricky Ritzel…Talking With” for www.NiteLifeExchange.com.
EVENT: TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND in “Drunk With Love: A 100th Birthday Celebration of the Fabulous Frances Faye!” featuring guest stars Jack “Mr. Bongo” Costanzo and Ricky Ritzel
DATE: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1 PM (Faye’s actual 100th birthday)
LOCATION: 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
TICKETS: Main Dining Room $35 + $25 food/bev minimum; Bar Seating (limited) $25 + $25 food/bev minimum
Order online at www.54Below.com or at Ticketweb (link below)
TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH JACK COSTANZO, TERESE GENECCO, or RICKY RITZEL, contact Tamara Hayes at (917) 652-0823 or email email@example.com
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band were honored with two awards at the 26th Annual MAC Awards Show (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) held at B.B. King's Blues Club on March 29th, 2012. Terese won in the category of MAJOR ARTIST - FEMALE or DUO and also, at the end of the night, received the award for SHOW OF THE YEAR! Terese won two previous MAC Awards in 2010 for Best Female Vocalist and in 2008 for Best CD/Recording.
The 2012 Bistro Committee in New York City has announced this year's award winners! Terese Genecco, Shaynee Rainbolt, and Billy Stritch will receive the Bistro Award this year for their 95th Birthday Tribute Concert to Russ Garcia!
The show was originally conceived by Rainbolt as an extension of her previous work with Garcia on their CD collaboration "Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia" released in 2008. When it was obvious that Garcia would still be in good health for his 95th birthday, Rainbolt contacted theaters, performing arts centers, and jazz festivals in Garcia's adopted home of New Zealand to arrange the concert celebrations there. Genecco soon joined the roster as did New Zealand favorite Tim Beveridge and a 9-piece band featuring Garcia's signature "four-trombone sound." They played 2 concerts together in Kerikeri and Auckland, followed by Rainbolt and Garcia and band at the Tauranga National Jazz Festival.
Garcia later announced that he would be traveling to the United States in October 2011 to take part in the LA Jazz Institute's Big Band Festival. Rainbolt and Genecco were to join in and a US tour of concerts in LA, Oakland, and New York City were planned.
Unfortunately, Garcia's health took a turn and he found himself under doctor's orders not to travel so the Los Angeles concerts were canceled. However, the producers and venue booking managers at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, CA and at The Iridium in New York City urged the singers to carry on with their concerts as planned. Rainbolt figured out a way to include the Garcias (Russ had his loving wife Gina by his side) via SKYPE so the audiences in both cities could see and hear his comments and stories on screen as they watched the proceedings from their home in New Zealand.
For the New York City concert at the Iridium , Rainbolt and Genecco enlisted the services of Billy Stritch to play piano, help lead the band, and sing several duets with Genecco. They performed a history-making rendition of the arrangement of "I Loves You Porgy/Bess You Is My Woman Now" that Garcia penned in 1956 for the Bethlehem recording featuring Frances Faye and Mel Torme with Garcia smiling on screen and congratulating the performers during the rousing applause that followed.
The band for the Bistro Award-winning Iridium NYC show was:
Terese Genecco & Shaynee Rainbolt on vocals, Billy Stritch on piano/vocals, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, Bud Burridge on trumpet, Cliff Lyons on saxophone, and featured John Fedchock, John Allred, Nate Mayland, and George Flynn on trombone.
The evening was co-produced by ScoBar Entertainment and BUG:OUT:MUSIC. Audio and video recordings of the event will be available for purchase later in the year.
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs has conferred two separate nominations to New York City vocalist/bandleader/comedian Terese Genecco for it's 26th Annual MAC Awards. Genecco has been nominated by the membership in the category of "Major Artist - Female or Duo" along with fellow nominees Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock and Julie Reyburn.
Ms. Genecco has also been nominated by the awards committee for a new category called "Show Of The Year" for her ongoing monthly performances with her 8-piece "little big band" at The Iridium NYC, now going into its fourth year. Her fellow nominees in this category are Eric Michael Gillett for "Cast of Thousands:Gillett Sings Carnelia" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Barb Jungr for "The Man In The Long Black Coat:The Songs of Bob Dylan" at The Metropolitan Room, and Sondheim Unplugged, written, produced, directed, and hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and the Philipstown Depot Theatre.
Ms. Genecco will also be a presenter at the Awards Show and Ceremony and, if announced as a winner in one or both of her categories, will perform a song after the announcement.
Congratulations to Terese Genecco and all of this year's nominees! The 26th Annual MAC Awards show will take place on Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City. Voting is open to the entire MAC membership. To join MAC or renew your membership in time to receive and cast a ballot, send your membership form so it is received no later than March 17th, 2012. Go to the MAC website for more information: www.macnyc.com
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band are set to release their sophomore CD, "Live From Iridium!" on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 with 2 more live performances. Genecco is also celebrating the end of her 3rd year and beginning of year 4 of her open-ended run at The Iridium.
Read all about it on Broadway World! Click this link: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Terese-Genecco-Continues-Shows-At-The-Iridium-221-20120206
Also just announced: The special guest vocalist at the February 21st shows will be Paul Safy, Jr., a finalist in season five of NBC's America's Got Talent!
Reservations are a must! Call 212.582.2121 or go to www.TheIridium.com
All shows are broadcast live over the internet via Livestream. Go to www.IridiumLive.tv to watch!
LIVING LEGEND RUSSELL GARCIA TO BE HONORED AT 95th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION/CONCERTS
Due to Doctor’s Order, Garcia Will Celebrate in New Zealand While Vocalists Shaynee Rainbolt and Terese Genecco Host Tributes at Yoshi’s Oakland on November 1 and at Iridium Jazz Club in New York on November 6
New York Tribute Concert, Featuring Billy Stritch with Shaynee Rainbolt and Terese Genecco, Will Be Streamed Live from Iridium at www.iridiumlive.tv
Legendary composer, arranger and conductor Russell Garcia has been ordered by his doctor to give up his travel plans to participate in his three-city 95th Birthday Tour. Although disappointed by the decision, Garcia will celebrate from his home in New Zealand while vocalists Shaynee Rainbolt and Terese Genecco host tributes at Yoshi’s Oakland on November 1, and at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club on November 6. The New York celebration features special guest star Billy Stritch.
The concert scheduled for October 26 at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood has been cancelled.
Garcia, who suffered from collapsed vertebrae last week, is on bed rest and unable to travel, but it doesn’t stop him from celebrating with Rainbolt and Genecco. Since stricken with the painful condition, Garcia has been on the phone and e-mail to assist his musical partners with arrangements and to encourage his friends, family and fans to come out to celebrate in his absence. In New York, the concert will be streamed live, allowing Garcia to not only watch the concert, but also to participate. Tune in to www.iridiumlive.tv
“We are all so sad that Russ can’t join us in person, but we are thrilled that we are able to celebrate his birthday and present his music with fabulous musicians in these wonderful venues,” said Shaynee Rainbolt, who released Charmed Life, a CD of Garcia originals in 2007. “I have been in awe of Russ and his talent since meeting him while working on the CD. To hear Russ in the midst of severe pain encourage Terese and me to move forward with the concerts is a testament to his dedication to music and music lovers. Russ wouldn’t have it any other way, so we will do our best to present memorable evenings of his music, surrounded by friends, family and fans who love him.”
Joining Rainbolt and Genecco at Yoshi's are Larry Dunlap, piano; Daniel Fabricant, bass; Tom Duckworth, drums; Rich Armstrong, trumpet; Tony Malfatti, tenor saxophone; and, in Garcia's four-trombone signature style, Doug Beavers, Don Benham, Greg Saúl and Floyd Reinhart.
In New York, Rainbolt and the Iridium’s own Genecco will perform Garcia originals plus classics from The Great American Songbook arranged by Garcia and accompanied by their high-voltage, 9-piece Little Big Band featuring pianist Billy Stritch along with bassist Tom Hubbard, drummer Ray Marchica, trumpeter Bud Burridge, tenor saxophonist Cliff Lyons and trombonists John Fedchock, John Allred, Nate Mayland and George Flynn.
“In addition to celebrating the genius of Russ Garcia, performing his music is very special for many reasons,” said Terese Genecco. “In 1956, Russ did orchestrations of Porgy and Bess for Mel Tormé and Frances Faye. Two years later, Russ orchestrated a ground-breaking version of new arrangements of the music for Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. I am a huge Faye fan, Billy Stritch is a fan of Tormé and everyone loves Louis and Ella. In our tribute to Russ, Billy and I will present our rendition of Bess, You Is My Woman Now. I truly wish Russ could be with us to guide us through one of his most memorable musical contributions. Thanks to technology, he will be with us in spirit and via Internet.”
“It is fitting and fantastic that Russ can ‘conduct’ the band while recuperating in New Zealand,” added Rainbolt. “He has always been on the cutting edge in the entertainment industry, with his film scores and the outstanding music he has composed and arranged for some of the world’s greatest artists. He has seen tremendous changes throughout his 75-year career, and he is excited that with the support of today’s technology, he will be able to enjoy and participate in the concert.”
Whether Russ Garcia (born April 12, 1916 in Oakland, CA) was working on a sound stage at MGM Universal, a major-label recording studio in Hollywood, a concert hall conducting a symphony, a jazz club or festival around the world, his body of work speaks for itself. He hesitates to toot his own horn, saying he feels like he’s name-dropping; but to this day, people continue to drop his name. Over the years, he has worked Sammy Davis, Jr., Anita O’Day, Bud Shank, Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Johnny Hodges, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, Harry James, Bill Holman, Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, Ira and George Gershwin, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Mickey Rooney, Henry Mancini, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Marvin Hamlisch, Clint Eastwood and numerous others.
Now living a relatively quiet life in New Zealand but still continuing to work at home and abroad, at 95, Garcia's life is far from the glamorous world of Hollywood he and his lyricist-wife Gina used to lead. From radio and television to theatrical films and recordings, Garcia has been active in virtually every area of the entertainment industry since the late '40s. His early 1960s scores for George Pal's "The Time Machine" and "Atlantis: The Lost Continent" virtually created the music template for science fiction films that followed, and his un-credited work on Charlie Chaplin’s Oscar-winning score for the film ‘Limelight’ has fans launching a grass-roots campaign to set the record straight (http://www.jazzwax.com/2008/09/the-case-of-the.html). His jazz arranging and composing is legendary in its own right and can be heard on recordings by Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, as well as a classic version of "Porgy and Bess" featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. When describing the orchestral sounds that emerged from the West Coast jazz scene during the 1950s, the name Russell Garcia always comes to mind. Not only did he provide arrangements for many singers and instrumentalists, he recorded more than 60 albums under his own name. As if all that wasn't enough, his book, The Professional Arranger-Composer, has been a valued tool for both beginners and veterans since it was written in the mid-'40’s. In 2009, he and his wife Gina were awarded The New Zealand Order of Merit from the Queen of England for their Service to Music.
Shaynee Rainbolt (www.shayneerainbolt.com), one of today’s rising jazz singers, first worked with Garcia in 2007 when he entrusted her with the first-ever album of all Garcia originals entitled Charmed Life. Arranged by Garcia for his signature four-trombone band, this collaboration garnered two MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Awards for Best Jazz Recording (Charmed Life) and Best Song (I Remember, Music by Garcia and Lyrics by Rainbolt & Garcia.) A top seller on CDBaby, the album was also chosen by TalkinBroadway.com as one of their Top 10 CD’s of 2008 and the press also took notice saying, "Rainbolt breathes joyful new life into his oeuvre...her interpretations plugging straight into the core of Garcia's artistry. Beautifully sung...remarkable..." Jazzwise Magazine (UK); "This happy collaboration features Shaynee Rainbolt in inspired form…hear the magical combination of Shaynee Rainbolt and Russ Garcia." LA Jazz Scene; "When Shaynee Rainbolt navigates the shoals of Russ Garcia's arrangements, a beautiful artistic union forms - that of an emerging voice and an orchestral master." Downbeat; “The classic sounds of Garcia are alive and well in the capable hands of Rainbolt and should remain there for a long time.” Jazz Improv Magazine
Terese Genecco (www.teresegenecco.com), who Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal said “…if Frank, Dean and Sammy ever returned from the Great Casino in the Sky, the first youngish female singer that I'd recommend to join their clan is this high-voltage entertainer,” has the Longest Running Nightclub Act on Broadway at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. In her third year of an open-ended run of shows, she is a critic and audience favorite. Genecco and Garcia have a special connection due to Genecco’s award-winning, one-woman tribute show, “Drunk with Love: A Tribute to Frances Faye!” Faye is Genecco’s idol and was one of Garcia’s favorite collaborators as well as a close personal friend. Since relocating from San Francisco, where Genecco won the Bay Area “Entertainer of the Year” Award, there is hardly an award or accolade she hasn’t garnered. Terese is described as “addictive” and her fans call themselves “Geneccoholics.” The critics agree. This high-powered entertainer has won the 2009 MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Award for Outstanding Vocalist, a 2009 OUT Music Award for Outstanding Cabaret/Comedy/Theater Song; a 2008 MAC Award for Best Recording for her Live CD of “Drunk with Love: A Tribute to Frances Faye!” (which was also chosen as one of TalkinBroadway.com’s Top 10 CD’s of 2007) and the show itself won her the 2007 Bistro Award from Back Stage Magazine and a Top 10 Best Cabaret Show from Time Out New York Magazine for two years running (2006 & 2007).
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 8 pm:
Yoshi’s Jazz Club, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607; 510-238-9200; Tickets: $20.00; www.yoshis.com/oakland
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6, 6:30 pm:
BROADWAY-TV-RECORDING STAR LUBA MASON is now scheduled as the special guest star in Terese's show at The Iridium in NYC next week, Wednesday, October 12th at 8PM! She replaces Broadway star KAREN MASON who just booked a show in Chicago and has to leave right away to start rehearsals. Don't miss this one! If you can't be at the show in person, then watch it streaming live over the internet via www.Livestream.com/iridiumlive!
The only print publication dedicated to the art and business of cabaret sent new reviewer Stephen Hanks to Terese's most recent performances of her shows at The Iridium in New York City to see what's been going on at "The Longest Running Nightclub Act On Broadway!" Go to the "Press/Reviews" page to read what he had to say. He's a new "Genecc-aholic!"
Terese is honored to be awarded with the Rome Neal Shakere Award for excellence in jazz in "ALL OUT JAZZ," a part of the international Fresh Fruit Festival and an evening dedicated to LGBT greats in jazz. The event will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM and will also feature Yael Archer, Keith A. Dames, Tove Langoff, John Martin Green, David Brooks, and more! A special tribute to Marcel Christian, the late costume designer for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe will then be followed by a jazz jam! Come celebrate this special honor with Terese!
After 2 years of performances at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, ScoBar Entertainment and BUG:OUT:MUSIC are pleased to announce the extension of TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND through 2011 and beyond! Now adding vocalist NICOLAS KING plus the three lovely TROPICABANA GIRLS to each show, this high-energy, Las Vegas-style show continues indefinitely, featuring songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Jack Jones, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Marilyn Maye, Frances Faye, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and new original material written especially for Terese and her band by composer Bill Zeffiro and by the writing team of Barry Levitt & Peter Napolitano.
Genecco will continue to perform at The Iridium on the Last Tuesday of Every Month with two different shows at 7:00 and 9:00 PM. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 212.582.2121. Tickets may be purchased in advance by going to the website and clicking on the calendar listing for the last Tuesday of each month at www.TheIridium.com.
Terese is pleased to announce that Broadway actor/vocalist NICOLAS KING will be the monthly featured guest vocalist in her "longest running nightclub act on Broadway" at The Iridium on the last Tuesday of every month!
Nicolas King, ”the precociously polished crooner” (NY Times) has been performing since age 4. He was seen first on Broadway in ‘Beauty & The Beast’, then in ‘A Thousand Clowns’ opposite Tom Selleck, and ‘Hollywood Arms’ directed by Hal Prince, all before age 13. Other credits include 8 consecutive annual performances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, ABC’s ‘The View’, NBC’s ‘Today’ show, ‘Liza & David’, and ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno. Nicolas went on the road with Liza Minnelli to perform as the opening act during her 2006 tour. The Mabel Mercer Foundation awarded Nicolas their coveted ‘Julie Wilson Award’ at the 2010 Cabaret Convention at Rose Hall at Jazz @ Lincoln Center. He has also appeared in more than a dozen national television commercials and various performances across the country, including ‘Talent America’. He has a brand new album (“Nineteen”) available now on Apple iTunes and other online music retailers.
We had an unexpected holiday surprise on December 24th when The Wall Street Journal's Will Friedwald included Terese in his regular column "The Jazz Scene" among his other show recommendations for the holiday leading up to New Year's Eve in New York City! She's in some mighty fine company (see the list of major artists mentioned below.) Mr. Friedwald wrote the definitive biography of Frank Sinatra - so we think he may have some insight into the world Terese has been inhabiting these past few years! Here's what he had to say:
"There were no 'mice' in the Ratpack—it was strictly an all-boy's club. But if Frank, Dean and Sammy ever returned from the Great Casino in the Sky, the first youngish female singer that I'd recommend to join their clan is this high-voltage entertainer. Ms. Genecco is deeply rooted in the early 1960s, the colorful last gasp of the era of swingin' lovers, and, as such, draws equally from Louis Prima and Sammy Davis on one hand and Ray Charles and Elvis on the other. On the last Tuesday of each month, she and her three horns and five rhythm put on an unstoppable juggernaut of a set at the Iridium, with one hard-hitting swinger after another, pausing only for what she describes as a mandatory 'two-ballad minimum.' The calendar may say Dec. 28, but Ms. Genecco makes every show seem like New Year's Eve."
Other artists recommended in Will's column were Paquito D'Rivera & Tango Jazz Celebration @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Cedar Walton Quartet @ Village Vanguard, Steve Turre Quintet @ Smoke, and the great Freddy Cole @ Birdland. Mighty fine company, indeed. It's a great week in NYC! Happy Holidays, everyone!
Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band are extended into 2011 at The Iridium NYC on the Last Tuesday of Every Month (1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26 etc.) And don't forget about the big year-end celebration on 12/28/10 at Iridium!
In an article published in the New York Times Style Magazine on July 12, 2010 by Christopher Petkanas, TERESE GENECCO is mentioned in conjunction with her musical idol Frances Faye! Click HERE for the entire article or read the clip below. Congratulations Terese!
"If you own nothing of [Frances] Faye's, "Caught In The Act" is a good place to start. So is Terese Genecco, who performs songs identified with Faye at the New York club Iridium. Please don't stop reading. Genecco is no dumb tribute act. She does not want to be Frances Faye; she does make you understand why she's so important."
In keeping with her desire to only bring the best musicians, vocalists, and comedians to share the stage with Terese and her *little big band,* we're pleased to announce this summer's Special Guest Stars!
On May 25th, Terese and the band will be joined by "Drummer Conductor Extraordinaire" MICHAEL BERKOWITZ! Michael is most recently associated with Liza Minnelli in "Liza's At The Palace" as drummer and musical director (nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.) Mike has played and recorded with jazz and pop music icons including Billy Joel, Elton John, Linda Eder, and Bette Midler. Michael is also the Principal Pops Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in Northern California.
On June 29th, Broadway Diva KAREN MASON takes the stage for two swingin' sets with the band! Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, and recording and "has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!" (TheatreScene.net) Karen is a nine-time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year (the same category Terese was nominated in this year) for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and three Bistro Awards. Ms. Mason originated the role of Tanya on Broadway in Abba's MAMMA MIA! and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Mazeppa in JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY; Rosalie in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway's TORCH SONG TRILOGY; and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG. Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show KAREN MASON SINGS BROADWAY, BEATLES AND BRIAN. Her television appearances include the hit dramas ED and LAW & ORDER: SVU. Film credits include SLEEPING DOGS LIE and A CHORUS LINE.
On July 27th, the special guest is a returning favorite, West Coast Cool Jazz Vocalist and Platinum Lyricist MARK WINKLER! Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 150 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough and Lea Salonga. He has written lyrics for tunes by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Joshua Redman and David Benoit. A composition he co-wrote with David Benoit, "Land of the Loving", is featured in all of the Philippine National Tourism Board's 2008/2009 TV commercials. Mark has released 10 CDs in the US. His newest CD of mostly original Winkler lyrics, "Till I Get It Right" was released in March of 2009 on Freeham Records. It featured musicians Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Jamieson Trotter and Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer who sang a duet with Mark on an original Winkler composition "Cool". The CD has been named as one of the top 10 jazz CD's of 2009 by three publications: DOWNBEAT, JERSEY JAZZ and JAZZ TIMES. He is the co-writer of the hit Musical Review "Naked Boys Singing!" in its 10th year playing Off Broadway, and just released as a movie on DVD. He is the creator and co-writer of "Too Old for the Chorus" which has played successful engagements in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego. He has won both L.A. Weekly and Backstage West awards for best score for "Naked Boys Singing!" He has also co-written songs for the musical revues "Bark!" and "Hangin' Out". His jazz musical "Play it Cool" which premiered in Los Angeles in 2007 got "Critics Choice" in the L.A. Times. It was chosen to be part of the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in September of 2008 where it sold out all performances and got excellent reviews. It has just been nominated for Best Musical-Off Broadway by GLAAD. As an educator Mark has taught seminars in lyric writing at The Songwriters Guild and the Learning Annex, and he now teaches "Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriters Workshop" at UCLA Extension and several workshops on Jazz CD Production and Marketing.
The nominations for the 24th Annual MAC Awards have been announced with TERESE GENECCO named in the MAJOR ARTIST category alongside the duo of Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Baby Jane Dexter, and Eric Michael Gillett. Genecco is the 2009 MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Female Vocalist. This new nomination represents a bump up in the level of performance and recognition for this dynamic performer. Genecco has been appearing since March of 2009 in monthly shows at The Iridium Jazz Club with her 8-piece *little big band.* Their run has been extended through 2010 and beyond.
A complete list of nominees and winners can be found at www.MACnyc.com
TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND will be joined by West Coast singer/lyricist MARK WINKLER for Genecco's 1-Year Anniversary Shows at The Iridium Jazz Club on March 30th, 2010!
Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 150 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough and Lea Salonga. He has written lyrics for tunes by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Joshua Redman and David Benoit. A composition he co-wrote with David Benoit, "Land of the Loving", is featured in all of the Philippine National Tourism Board's 2008/2009 TV commercials.
Mark has released 10 CDs in the US. His newest CD of mostly original Winkler lyrics, "Till I Get It Right" was released in March of 2009 on Freeham Records. It featured musicians Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Jamieson Trotter and Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer who sang a duet with Mark on an original Winkler composition "Cool". The CD has been named as one of the top 10 jazz CD's of 2009 by three publications: DOWNBEAT, JERSEY JAZZ and JAZZ TIMES.
He is the co-writer of the hit Musical Review "Naked Boys Singing!" in its 10th year playing Off Broadway, and just released as a movie on DVD. He is the creator and co-writer of "Too Old for the Chorus" which has played successful engagements in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego. He has won both L.A. Weekly and Backstage West awards for best score for "Naked Boys Singing!" He has also co-written songs for the musical revues "Bark!" and "Hangin' Out".
His jazz musical "Play it Cool" which premiered in Los Angeles in 2007 got "Critics Choice" in the L.A. Times. It was chosen to be part of the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in September of 2008 where it sold out all performances and got excellent reviews. It has just been nominated for Best Musical-Off Broadway by GLAAD.
As an educator Mark has taught seminars in lyric writing at The Songwriters Guild and the Learning Annex, and he now teaches "Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriters Workshop" at UCLA Extension and several workshops on Jazz CD Production and Marketing.