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Steve March-Tormé's live show is called Snap, Sizzle, Pop!: finger snapping jazz standards, cleverly crafted original songs and enduring pop tunes presented in captivating, charismatic style by a singer whose extraordinary voice both smolders and electrifies.
Backed by a sizzling trio or quartet, Steve's brand of pop-jazz is served up with wit, charm, and a warmth that will leave your heart singing. He also performs his road tested show (a 30 city tour for CAMI) Tormé Sings Tormé: a tribute to Steve's dad Mel, featuring an all-star ten piece band, arrangements by Mel and Marty Paich and an audio/visual presentation, featuring never before seen photos and video of Mel and Steve performing together.
In addition, he is now offering two different symphony pops concerts; Bernstein to the Beatles, Mercer To Mel, a project he and his musical director, Steve Rawlins spent four years developing, and his Holiday Pops Concert, a collection of holiday classics including Let It Snow, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and of course his father's iconic The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting). Steve has now performed these concerts with the Great Falls Symphony in Montana, the Charlotte S.O., the Green Bay S.O., the New Bedford S.O and the Elkhart S.O.
In addition to his live performing schedule, Steve hosts a drive time (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST) radio show, Monday through Friday on 91.1 The Avenue, in Wisconsin along with his own 2 hour show on the
Music of Your Life radio network, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. Also, listen to Steve's music on HotMix 106.com
May 17 The Grand Opera House Oshkosh, WI
June 7 Here, There and Everywhere Beatles Tribute Show
Leach Amphitheater Oshkosh, WI
August 14 Private Party
Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia
August 29 - September 1 Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza and Campus Martius, Detroit
September 6 JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Series and Gottlieb Family Festival of the Arts
Bermen Center for the Performing Arts, West Bloomfield, MI
December 10 Two holiday shows at the Sharon Lynn Wilson PAC
February 14 In concert with the Muscatine Symphony
ENJOY STEVE'S LATEST CD INSIDE/OUT
Steve's new CD, "Inside/Out" is rooted more in his pop underpinnings than his four recent jazz offerings.
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A compilation of the best of his first 3 CDs
TORME SINGS TORME
AIX Records has released "Tormé Sings Tormé," a two-disc, four-sided DVD/CD featuring a full concert performed by Steve and his Dektette shot in HiDef and recorded in 5.1 channel surround sound inside the auditorium of the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles.
Among the special features are separate interviews with Steve and his dad Mel; an early duet featuring father and son; rare footage of Mel and George Shearing rehearsing together; photo galleries featuring Steve, Mel and their family; live concert footage from the first performance of "Tormé Sings Tormé" at the McCallum Theater in California; and interviews with various musicians who participated in the project.
AIX Records has 1,000 Special Edition versions numbered and signed by Steve available now. "Tormé Sings Tormé" is a "can't miss" for fans of Steve's or Mel's.
Songs on iTunes | DVD on Amazon
NEW! Read reviews from Steve's Las Vegas shows!
Read a review of Steve's show in London
I wasn’t sitting in the corner of the room, but I was definitely in veteran Steve March Tormé’s corner. I’ve long followed his crisscrossing chameleon-like career on disc, etc. Casual, but hard-working, he gave his all. A true pro from the word “go,” he can be jazzy/loose or big/ brash—always old-school cool, yet warm. He gave it and I “got” it. Sentimental without a niblet of corn, he’s down to earth. Chatty as if with old pals, big on small talk, he discussed the two men he’d called Dad—Hal March and Mel Tormé—being a dad himself, moving with his wife to a teeny-tiny town to raise them. Kern and Hammerstein’s home-sweet-home ode, “The Folks Who Live on the Hill,” thus rang sweet and true (nod to memorable Mel-odious versions). “You Don’t Know Me” was tender, but eschewed self-pity. Standards and swingers were aced with ease, played with grace and taste by fellow Steve, pianist Rawlins. But the original material was impressive for its own real-feel and fine craftsmanship.One senses a strong work ethic and enjoyment of his trade. He was glad to be there. So was I. The man knows what he’s doing. And sounds terrific.
Rob Lester Cabaret Scenes
"Hiring Steve March-Tormé was one of the best ideas in years! As an executive director, I can tell you that he ranks at the top of soloists to work with; he is professional, friendly and really "gets it." Then comes the best part: as a singer and showman, he is amazing. He performed to over 2000 people, one of the best attended Edison Pops at Sunset events in several years. We have received so many calls and e-mails asking when he'll be back. Here at the CSO, we are hoping soon!!!"
--Chari Stanley Leitch/Exec. Dir. Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Steve March-Tormé, American singer and songwriter son of the great Mel Tormé is currently appearing at the Crazy Coqs. His parents divorced and his mother married actor/comedian Hal March who became Steve's stepfather and brought him up. Steve came under the influence of different musical genres as well as jazz, which he proceeded to share with us.
Steve March-Tormé is not particularly known here, and to appear in a new space in a town new to him just a few hours after stepping off the plane is a tall order. He performs a musically mixed set of mostly smooth sounding jazz with beautifully arranged medleys – some of which were put together by his pianist Steve Rawlins, others by Mel Tormé himself – and the evening also includes a selection of Steve’s own compositions, many of which are gentle thoughtful ballads.
It took him a while to settle down and find his feet. Our natural reserve perhaps didn’t initially warm to Steve’s slick trans-Altantic style, and it took him some time to get the feel of his audience. To his credit, however, he very much won us over by the end of the evening. His real engagement with the crowd began to take off when telling us about his move from Scarsdale, New York to Los Angeles where his stepfather took up a job. He began mixing with the children of major stars such as Desi Arnaz Jr.., son of Lucille Ball, and his stories became charmingly self-deprecating as compared his own early song-writing skills with those of his legendary father at a similar age.
It is a well programmed evening with good pacing and variety. He moves very well on the tiny stage shared with a rhythm section consisting of piano, double bass and drums and, unlike many jazz singers, keeps the conversation with the audience going through his songs, using the lyrics to great effect. Standout numbers were an unusually upbeat version of Rogers and Hart’s “Blue Moon” sung just with the accompaniment of the bass player, his own composition “A Lotta Love For You” with a nod at the end to various jazz composers including Gershwin, and a particularly lovely rendition of Jerome Kern’s and Hammerstein’s “The Folks Who Live On the Hill”.
His band consisted of his arranger Steve Rawlins on piano, Elliott Henshaw on drums, and the excellent Dave Olney on bass. If you enjoy your jazz debonair and sophisticated rather than cool and edgy, and want to experience it in a room designed especially for it, this would be a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
--Fiona-Jane Weston/Stage Won
"Steve March-Tormé was our headliner for the 2010 Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art. Steve was so down to earth and approachable. He connected with and engaged in ways not exemplified by many artists. His family stories were heartwarming and gave the audience such insight to his beloved father, Mel Tormé. Steve showed his many talents in his arrangements, which varied from singing his father's sensational hits to his very own repertoire of pop and jazz classics."
--Susan Bryant/Marketing Dir. STRAND MEDIA GROUP
"Steve March-Tormé should be a household soloist with every single symphony orchestra! He has beautiful orchestrations that compliment his powerful, yet sensitive singing. While he brings the highest standards to his performance, at the same time he is very easy to work with. It is a conductor's delight to make music with Steve March-Tormé. Of course I discovered that it was also a delight for my musicians and the audience, who were wildly excited! Steve March-Tormé's show is a sure grand slam home run for you!"
--Francis Wada/Conductor Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
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David Wilont Korst Very nice article, Steve! Have a great Thanksgiving....over there! :-)"
Michael Spound:"Great review! Although no mention of the popular "Boys Town" and no softball stories? Very happy for you Steve- and everyone that gets to hear you this Thanksgiving!"
Ken Fritchman: "A friend of mine finally transferred my copy of your first album Lucky onto a CD. It has always been one of my favorite albums. You listed Todd Rundgren as one of your many musical influences; I always suspected that Lucky was constructed much like A Wizard A True Star (the quacking ducks gave it away). I regret not bring my copy with me when I saw you perform several years ago, at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO. My CD also includes 5 songs from a 1977 demo tape you made with some Central Illinois musicians who were friends of ours. The songs are; Has Anybody Seen My Little Girl, Creeps, Shufflin', No More You and Me & The City. My friend can only play a few piano licks and one of his favorites is the one from Shufflin'. Anyway, thank you for all the great music, both past and present.
Nancy McKarney "I love your sound and your infinite good humor. Hope to see you live on stage sometime very soon.... if we could only get you to the West Coast now and again!"
Diane Weisman "Hi Steve, We worked together years ago at Cablevision on your show! Nice to see you are crooning the tunes and looking so handsome as always!"
Karl Stamey "I know he (your Dad) is watching you from above with pride! I always loved his music, as I love yours and the fact that you, through your voice and songs, keep him alive in our memories. Thank you, Steve and Happy Birthday Mel!"
Pal Moniz "Thank you for a wonderful show."
Ben Petrucci "Steve, Lou Anthony Bisceglia & I were blown away by your dynamic performance, at The Amazing Things Arts Center, in Framingham,MA, on Sunday afternoon,12/18/11. We saw your Dad Mel, a few times through the years. He always made time to talk with us. Even one time, when he was just about to go on. We are agreed, You are everything your Dad Mel was, & more. Lou sings & plays Piano. I'm an arranger - Saxophonist. In 1990, I wrote some music for a singer in LA. Her name is Ms.Gina Lombard. It was 2 arrangements for big band. She performed them on the same bill, as your Dad, in the Oscar Awards Theater in LA. The very BEST of SUCCESS in everything You do."
Kudos to Steve and the trio! Another fabulous show in Framingham, MA! WOW!!! Despite the small number of people in the audience, they performed as if there were 1000 in attendance! The mark of true professionals! Thanks for a great afternoon of fabulous music!!!
A true SMT "Junkie"
I am the Principal Percussionist for Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. (The latin guy playing triangle and many more.)
I enjoyed performing with you last Sunday. The tunes were perfect, with a nice blend of all the textures of the orchestra.
Anytime you pass through South Florida and you want a percussionist or set player, it would be a thrill to play for you again.
Richard Froemming 11/23/11
re: 91.1 The Avenue
Loved your take on the Beatles' "Blackbird;" that every guitar player should learn it. I've always loved playing that song.
Perhaps we should record together; some kind of duo/dueling guitar thing on "Blackbird."
Keep doin' what you're doing, Steve.
We love ya.
Richard & Jenni Froemming
Joyce Bauer 10/25/11
Thank you so much for being the emcee and special performer at our Doctors in Recital in Appleton, WI.
We are so amateur and you are so professional. Your energy and relaxed warmth really made the night for us and our guests/audience.
You can be our "Mr. Sandman" anytime. We look forward to seeing one of your shows.
Rudd Howell 10/23/11
Hi Steve, I always knew you would do what you loved. take care .your Painter friend Rudd
Vicki Forsberg 10/16/11
Thank you so much for the wonderful performence in Lake Havasu City, AZ Oct. 15, 2011. My family and I throughly enjoyed every minute.
We listen to your radio show every chance we get.
Again, thank you. Vicki
John Phillips 09/29/11
I'm a big Torme fan, Mel and Steve, and a one-time drummer who listened to nothing but Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, and the big bands. I've since befriended Steve and have really become a devoted listener (and friend). Here's what you don't know about SMT: He's incredibly funny, witty, and clever in print. I've worked as a writer at national magazines for 37 years, and I've developed an eye and ear for original writing. Steve's for real and should be encouraged to write his memoirs. An interesting man.
Gary Shulman 09/14/11
Just wanted to drop a line to say how much I enjoy listening to you on "Music of Your Life" as I sit and do my work. I also wanted to tell you how much I loved your dad's contribution to the world of great music. It is good to see that you are carrying on the tradition.
I wish you continued success with your own career. We need more music that allows you to actually understand the lyrics, enjoy beautiful melody and be moved intellectually and spiritually.
Susan Dewey Raspe 08/31/11
glad to hear you are still making music. i've been a fan of yours since name that tune. i used to own "lucky". i even traded correspondence with you in those days. you once sent me a shot of sunset in hawaii,and i sent you one of a sunset in bay village, ohio.i can't wait to hear your new cd.
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