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Broadway's hottest couple, Andy Karl and Orfeh, make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with Legally Bound. After love at first sight in Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and marriage in 2001, this duo famously appeared together in Legally Blonde, a show that led Orfeh to a Tony nomination in 2007. Andy received back-to-back nods himself, one for his star turn as the title character in Rocky in 2014 and another for his role as Bruce Granit in the Broadway revival of On the 20th Century in 2015. He most recently received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and his third Tony nomination for his critically acclaimed role as Phil Connors in the Groundhog Day musical.
Reuniting onstage, Andy Karl and Orfeh are joined by music director Steven Jamail in an unforgettable evening of chart-toppers and showstoppers in a performance directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.
Frank Silletti and daughter Ava Vukic return to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate the release of their first CD, Yours and Mine - The Judy & Liza Effect. The "Judy and Liza effect" is the precise moment the climactic note of a Garland or Minnelli song, or even just a word or phrase, grabs you, holds you, and makes you want to break free from the ordinary and burst out in song. It has inspired generations to do exactly that. Frank has been under the influence since childhood and now Ava has the bug too. In this special performance and CD release, father and daughter honor the work of mother and daughter with performances of their iconic songs by Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Roger Edens, and others.
Just in time for Mardi Gras come musical mayhem, marching band madness, and a powerful blow-out-the-windows sound. These qualities are the hallmarks of San Francisco's most raucous and sought-after New Orleans fusion band, the Brass Mafia. The ensemble includes trombone, trumpet, sax, drums, and tuba. Together they perform music from different decades and continents as well as unexpected mash-ups and some of their originals. They are joined onstage by guest vocalist Yvette Pylant.
The Brass Mafia emphasize heavy backbeats, creative improvisation, and unique arrangements. They have been featured at events for SFJAZZ, San Francisco's annual Fat Tuesday parade, and have collaborated with Lyrics Born, Thomas Dolby, Peter Rowan, and Nicki Bluhm.
Singer-songwriter and Bay Area native Eve Marie Shahoian performs locally and nationally, and makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrates the recent release of her second CD Believe, which includes her interpretations of standards such as "Autumn Leaves," "My Mama Done Told Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "No More Blues." The East Bay Times praised Shahoian's "vocal ability to tackle each song with her pleasing style and flair." Submitted for consideration to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the CD also include a remix of her original song "Waiting for You," which was the recipient of an honorable mention for outstanding original song from Billboard.
Shahoian will be joined onstage by a top-shelf band including John R. Burr on piano and two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling.
Franc D'Ambrosio is best known as "The Iron Man of the Mask," having played the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera for more than 2,300 performances — a record he held for a decade. Because of this notoriety, D'Ambrosio was cast by Barry Manilow as the lead in Manilow's touring production of Copacabana.
Another favorite role of D'Ambrosio's was Anthony Corleone, Al Pacino's opera singer son in Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-nominated film The Godfather: Part III, a performance that afforded D'Ambrosio the opportunity to study with legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Now D'Ambrosio is celebrating more than 10 years touring extensively as both a solo performer and a guest artist in the pop series of many American symphony orchestras.
Romantic crooner, world-renowned guitarist, and entertainer extraordinaire, George Cole is signed to Acoustic Disc for worldwide distribution of his recordings Riverside Drive, George Cole Live, and his new EP Cole Swings Cole, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer John Cuniberti. Featured in the January 2017 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, George Cole is a musician whose career reads like a Hall of Fame plaque. Current guitarist for David Grisman, George has also taught Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for 10 years. Cole has toured with Joe Walsh of the Eagles on his Anthology Tour, recorded with Chris Isaak on his platinum selling Forever Blue CD, and sang duets with jazz legend Keeley Smith.
Joined onstage by the George Cole Trio, Cole Swings Cole will highlight the timeless music of Nat King Cole in a show perfect for Valentine's Day and ideal for the young and the young at heart!
Star of such box office juggernauts as The Fly, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum is more than a talented actor. He's also an acclaimed jazz pianist. Goldblum and a band of friends and compatible musicians call themselves the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (named after a family friend) and perform regularly at Los Angeles's Rockwell Table and Stage (the advice to play a weekly gig was given to him by Woody Allen). John Storie (guitar), James King (tenor saxophone), and Lorca Hart (drums) make up the band.
The group returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko following a sold-out engagement in 2015. Don't expect a staid musical recital; Goldblum's show is anything but that. The proceedings often feel extemporaneous, and Goldblum himself usually appears before the show starts as his own opening act, asking the audience movie trivia and true-or-false questions.
Jonathan Poretz, the Bay Area's favorite big-band crooner, returns for an all-new edition of When Vegas Was Vegas!, honoring the entertainment icons who transformed the Vegas desert heat into an oasis of cool. Backed by his ultra-swingin' mini-big band, Poretz once again re-creates the heyday of 1960s Las Vegas, bringing a Rat Pack vibe to the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage.
Poretz's authentic, big-band arrangements of everyone's favorite songs from the vast catalogues of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Bobby Darin, and Tony Bennett include such standards as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I've Got the World on a String," "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," "Everybody Loves Somebody," "Beyond the Sea," "Mack the Knife," "Mr. Bojangles," "What Kind of Fool Am I," "My Way," and "New York, New York."
Gospel Christmas, the annual tradition, features acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley performing all your favorite holiday songs accompanied by the swelling, soulful Hammond organ played by the incomparable Tammy Hall with Michael Zisman (electric bass) and Kent Bryson (drums). Expect some special guests and a few sing-a-longs at this rollicking joyous family-friendly concert.
Kim Nalley is an internationally acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist, twice named San Francisco's best. She also has numerous acting credits on her resume including an engagement as Madame ZinZanni in Teatro ZinZanni. Her CDs have been shortlisted for a Grammy Award and have charted in the Jazz Top 20.
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country, and jazz. Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and has since established herself as one of the greatest voices of our time known for interpretations of Broadway, pop, country, and jazz favorites.
She has recorded 16 solo albums, including her most recent, Retro, a special collection of compositions written during the past 20 years for shows or projects that did not happen despite the beauty of the songs. Linda thanks the composers, lyricists, arrangers, orchestrators, and musicians that helped finally bring this music to life.
Back by popular demand, actor, singer, dancer, and Emmy Award-winning daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz explores her Latin roots during her return to Feinstein's at the Nikko. Latin Roots is Lucie's heartfelt musical tribute to the rhythm of her roots and features many of Desi's orchestral arrangements of songs by him, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona, and Lucie herself.
Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and king of epic film scores: composer John Williams. Listen to orchestral selections from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. Relive all the adventure, fun, and magic of these classic films.
Note: This concert does not contain film clips.
From the poignant and heartrending songs of Édith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry.
In the style of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé and other husband-and-wife acts, Rebecca and Frank Faiola make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrate Sinatra. Their band, JetBlacq, includes musical director Brian Cooke, who played piano for Chet Baker and is an arranger and multi-instrumentalists creating charts with a fresh new feel. Fred Randolph, a veteran of the local jazz scene, joins in on bass, and world-class player Jack Dorsey is at the drums.
Few vocalists own the stage like Terri Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over audience members. They're about to take a ride on the highs and lows of soul music delivered by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with both high energy and quiet poignancy. Odabi's finely honed instrument is matched only by her generous spirit and wit. She is a 2017 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Female Artist, and her 2016 CD release My Blue Soul ranked in Living Blues's Top 50 Best Albums in 2016. Odabi performs original stirring blues straight from the soul with compelling arrangements and witty lyrics that appeal to a wide contemporary audience.
A classically trained vocalist with a three-octave range, Vandana Bali has performed standards, Broadway, power ballads, and pop songs to sold-out audiences from coast to coast. She has performed at European festivals, at Don't Tell Mama in New York City, sang the national anthem at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, and has performed at the Plush Room, Martuni's, and Society Cabaret in San Francisco. Her primary influences include Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan, Céline Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LuPone, Olivia Newton-John, and Whitney Houston.
Making her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with her Follow Your Heart show, Bali invites you to enjoy songs and stories about all facets of love, hope, and determination from Broadway composers including Stephen Schwartz as well as songs by pop icons and jazz legends. She has three independent CDs available online and at shows. www.vandana.net. Vandana will be joined onstage by pianist and award-winning musical director Ben Prince.
Vonda Shepard returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her stellar trio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit television series Ally McBeal. Come relax, reminisce, laugh, and sing along to favorites from the show, including "You Belong to Me," "Searchin' My Soul," and "Tell Him," as well as Shepard's original material from her 14 albums, including "Maryland" and "Baby, Don't You Break My Heart Slow."
Shepard has sold over 12 million records, won two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She will be joined onstage by James Ralston on guitar (Tina Turner) and Jim Hanson on bass (Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell).
Following two previous sold-out engagements, Well-Strung — an all-male string quartet — returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko. The classically trained foursome performs pop-classical mash-ups incorporating hits by Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, the Outfield, Queen, the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Jules Massenet, Henry Mancini, and Pasek and Paul. Well-Strung is composed of Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Chris Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola). Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome formed in 2012 and has since gained international attention.