PRESS RELEASE
March 5, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Lisa Bautista, Entertainment Publicist
JFM Presents, LLC
jfmpresents@gmail.com
510.967.1109
New RRazz logo
The RRazz Room 
San Francisco's Premier Nightclub
222 Mason Street (at Ellis)
San Francisco, California 94102

 For Tickets And More Information:
800.380.3095 or

Tickets Now On Sale:

 http://therrazzroom.com/eventlist12.html  

 

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 415.394.1189

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JUST ADDED:
 
Bassist ROBIN DUHE & His Band
 Smooth Jazz and R&B with Original Member of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
The Soul Music Series co-produced with Shelly Tatum Presents
Tue, 4/10, 8pm
$25
Robin Duhe performed for three decades with the R&B group, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Duhe took an unexpected turn in 2004 with the release of his first solo CD, DO IT DUHE. In 2009, he released his second CD LIFE.  More...

VERONICA KLAUS
CD Release Engagement
Mon-Tue, 5/21-22, 8pm
$30
Named "Best Chanteuse" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Veronica Klaus delivers an extra special sizzling night of swinging jazz, romantic classics and soulful ballads with that extra Something Cool. Veronica is a critically acclaimed chanteuse who evokes the glamour and mystique of studio-era leading ladies with a bit of cool June Christy style, a glimmer of fiery blues inflections, and a voice that is purely her own.  More...


MARCH 2012
 

LUCIE ARNAZ: LATIN ROOTS  

with Musical Director, Ron Abel on piano
Tue-Sat, 3/6-10, 8pm

Sun, 3/11, 7pm
$45
Believe it or not, Lucie Arnaz is celebrating 40 plus years in show business. She began her long career in a recurring role on television on The Lucy Show, opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. At age 15, she became a series regular on Here's Lucy, a show which ran for six seasons. She starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show and later in the critically acclaimed Sons & Daughters on CBS. On piano, Musical Director Ron Abel joins Lucie for a night of songs, memories, and love Lulu style.  New CD "Latin Roots" (LML Music/2010)  More... 

Broadway, Musical Theatre, Actress, Singer, Dancer and Producer, Cabaret

  WALLIN & BARRETTA
A Tribute to Italian Singers
feat. The Kelly Park Quartet
Mon, 3/12, 8pm
$27.50
Wallin & Barretta have been one of the most requested duos paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Louie Prima, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon and many others. They have performed together throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas and Palm Springs for over 15 years. The nucleus of their band is comprised of four world-class musicians: musical director-pianist, Kelly Park, saxophonist Tony Malfatti, upright bassist Mike Bacile and drummer Thomas Moran.
  More...
Traditional Pop, Jazz

From THE OFFICE (NBCTV), HOMELAND (SHOWTIME) and TRUE BLOOD, SEASON 5 (HBO)
LINDA PURL
 

Great American Songbook With A Splash Of Jazz 

Tedd Firth, Musical Director
Tue-Wed, 3/13-14, 8pm
$35
Actress, singer, dancer, Linda is a main stay of TV. She has starred in over 40 TV Movies of the Week, and currently is seen as Helene Beesley on THE OFFICE as well as on LIE TO ME, a series led by Producer, Alexander Cary. She is probably best known as Charlene Matlock from the series Matlock and as Ashley Pfister, Fonzie's fiancée, from HAPPY DAYS. Linda began her career in the theatre in Japan, where she was raised and became the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy.  More...
Traditional Pop, Jazz


A Return To Elegance
a real music journey of hits & beyond
A Special Evening With Grammy Award-Winning Artist
JODY WATLEY
Thu-Fri, 3/15-16, 8pm
Sat, 3/17, 7 & 9:30pm
$40-45
Grammy Award winning artist JODY WATLEY has a history that speaks for itself. One of the '80s defining artists, the Chicago native is widely recognized as an innovative music maker and style-forging pioneer. Some of her classic multi-format hits include "Looking For A New Love," "Don't You Want Me," "Real Love," the groundbreaking collaboration "Friends" with Eric B. and Rakim and the ballad "Everything." A Return To Elegance: Motown, Jazz, Pop & Me is a new type of show. More...
Grammy Award-Winning R&B, Soul, Jazz, Pop Singer  


NIGHT BEAT AT THE RRAZZ ROOM WITH JONATHAN PORETZ & FRIENDS 

Sun, 3/18, 7pm
$29.50
What happened late night in Las Vegas now returns to San Francisco's elegant Rrazz Room. Jonathan Poretz, who has starred as Frank Sinatra in the long-running show, "The Rat Pack is Back," is bringing back the carefree spirit and fun filled nightlife that epitomized the casino lounges of the swinging 60s. Backed by his jazz and swing-infused trio, Jonathan creates an intimate, after-hours atmosphere for those late-nighters seeking a little nightcap to their evening's entertainment.  More... 

Crooner, Jazz, Traditional Pop, Swing

THE FABULOUS BUD E. LUV & HIS TRIO
A Loving Tribute To The Great SAMMY DAVIS, JR
Mon, 3/19, 8pm
$30 

Bud is back! With his loyal band mates -- Mikey Luv and Markey Luv -- Bud is a bona fide Las Vegas performer. He will charm you with his fantastic showbiz tales, and knock you out with his incredible vocal renditions of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis, Jr., etc. Come for the exciting mix of comedy and terrific musical stylings. This is Vegas by the Bay, baby.  More...
Las Vegas Comedy Lounge Act

4th Annual RRAZZiversary
Gala Celebration & Benefit For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Wed, 3/21, 8pm 

$75 General Admission Rear Of House Seating
$125 Preferred Seating
$175 Limited Golden Circle Seating (includes post-show wine and reception with the artists.)
San Francisco's Party Of The Year! 
A Special Evening In Celebration Of The Premier Nightclub Of The West Coast
Musical Director, KELLY PARK, and Special Guest Hostess Sharon McNight
Star-Studded Lineup**
Natalie Douglas
Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo & Peter Michael Escovedo
Edwin Hawkins
Linda Lavin
Deana Martin
Will & Anthony Nunziata
Freda Payne
CeCe Peniston
Billy Stritch
Mary Wilson
Pia Zadora
Introducing TOMMY IGOE
Leader of the TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND
Live at THE RRAZZ ROOM EVERY MONDAY
STARTING ON APRIL 2!

LYNDA CARTER

The Wonder of Song
Thu-Sat, 3/22-24, 8pm
Sun, 3/25, 7pm
$45-55
Best known for winning our hearts as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sell-out crowds around the world. In addition to her long acting career, Lynda has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated network television specials, several of which were Emmy-nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world's most popular singers, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Bob Hope, George Benson, and Ben Vereen.   

Actress, Jazz-County-Rock Singer

Sun, 3/25, 3pm 
Mon-Tue, 3/26-27, 8pm 
$40 

A delightful evening with two of Broadway's finest (and funniest) singing some of their most-requested songs, along with a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman.

With Alex Rybeck, Musical Director

 

 RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS  

with Kenneth R. Thompkins, Musical Director
Wed-Fri, 3/28-30, 8pm

Sat, 3/31, 7 & 9:30pm

Sun, 4/1, 7pm

$42.50-47.50

 Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics who garnered: 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles, a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," a plaque on the Walk of Fame in center city Philadelphia in 1974, as well as various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  More... 

Legendary Classic Soul, R&B Vocal Group  


APRIL 2012

STEVEN BRINBERG is "SIMPLY BARBRA"  

The What Matters Most Tour!

 Tue-Wed, 4/3-4 , 8pm

$35

Steven Brinberg performs his show, "Simply Barbra", to international acclaim both on stage and on television, as he pays homage to all that is Streisand. Steven does not lip sync his performances but portrays Streisand with his own voice. Steven Brinberg has appeared as a special guest with Marvin Hamlisch and the Symphony Orchestras of over a dozen cities across the country and was even hired by Miss Streisand's management to perform at her best friend Donna Karan's birthday party.  More... 

Musical Theatre, Broadway, Cabaret, Drag Performer, LGBT, Tribute Show

  

MELISSA MANCHESTER 

Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter/Actress 

Thu-Fri, 4/5-6,  8pm

Sat, 4/7, 7 & 9:30 pm

$45

Manchester's music has established her as a compelling singer/songwriter. She co-wrote "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Kenny Loggins, which became a radio classic. In addition, her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, and many others. Manchester wrote the score for Disney's "Mouse Detective" and "Lady & The Tramp II," released her 16th CD and celebrated four decades of performing all at the same time.  More... 

Broadway, Musical Theatre, Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Jazz, Traditional Pop


CHARMAINE CLAMOR

on Easter Sunday
Hallelujah!: A Celebration of Rebirth
Sun, 4/8, 7pm
$30
Celebrated by The New York Times as "a gifted vocalist" and by The Los Angeles Times as "one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade," Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her Queen of Jazzipino crown.  More...   
Jazz Singer

 

THE BENNY GOLSON QUINTET:
BENNY GOLSON, NNENNA FREELON, JASON MARSALIS, RAY DRUMMOND & MIKE LeDONNE
   

  Wed-Fri, 4/11-13, 8pm
$40-45
Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend - a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer - and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. He has recorded over 30 albums for many recording companies in the US and Europe under his own name and innumerable ones with other major artists.  Benny Golson (tenor saxophone), Nnenna Freelon (vocals), Jason Marsalis (drums), Ray Drummond (bass), Mike LeDonne (piano)
More info on Benny Golson... 
Legendary bebop/hard bop, jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger
Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the "international voice of Jazz." A standing ovation from 20,000 in her star-making a cappella appearance on the Grammy Awards telecast! She has shared the stage or recordings with Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, Al Jarreau, the Count Basie Orchestra and more! Phenomenal performances at Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl, the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Newport Jazz Festival, and from Montreaux to London! Please join us for her debut at The RRazz Room "San Francisco's Premier Nightclub."
More on Nnenna Freelon... 

Jazz singer, composer, producer and arranger

"HEART & SOUL" THE MUSIC OF DIANA ROSS, DIONNE WARWICK & WHITNEY HOUSTON
Starring: Shoshana Bean, Sylvia MacCalla and Syesha Mercado 
A Chris Isaacson Presents Event - Part Of Upright Cabaret's American Icon Series
Sat, 4/14, 7 & 9:30pm 

$35 / $45 (Ltd VIP)

Whitney. Dionne. Diana. Three names that are synonymous with Excitement.  Greatness.  Heart.  And Soul.  Direct from LA's famed Upright Cabaret and producer Chris Isaacson comes the NEW show "HEART & SOUL," legendary lineup of songs from three of the most memorable voices of the past three generations.  

 

Be seduced by the sultry starlets of today as they capture the awesome vocal power of our favorite soul sisters.  Led by Musical Director Davy Nathan with the Upright Cabaret band, this show combines old glamour and new flair by reinventing the greatest hits of yesterday with a modern, hip feel.  

 

These stunning arrangements are accentuated with a larger-than-life montage of rare photos and videos that showcase the lives of these iconic women back in the day on their rise to fame.  The evening is a masterful tribute, evoking the charming nostalgia of three beautiful, trailblazing divas who never go out of style.

 

With special guest host Jake Simpson (2x Star Search Grand Champion & Oprah favorite)

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"Heart & Soul" One Sheets available upon request
R&B, Soul, Pop Tribute Show

AUSTRALIA'S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER
Sun, 4/15, 7pm
$35 ($55 Ltd VIP)
The internationally acclaimed Australian male revue show calls the nonstop, 90-minute, sensual journey a "World Fantasy" and its charismatic troupe helps make fantasy become reality with the blink of an eye.  Thunder has toured more than 15 countries...and now you can see them LIVE at the intimate RRAZZ Room in San Francisco!   More...
All-Male Revue, Girls Nights Out, Bachelorette Parties 

  

VARLA JEAN MERMAN  

The Book Of Merman
Featuring Tom Judson on piano
Sponsored by Manhunt and Fleet Naturals
*Tue-Sat, 4/17-21, 8pm 

Sun, 4/22, 7pm

Wed-Sat, 4/25-28, 8pm

Sun, 4/29, 7pm

$35-40 

*Opening Night Special $25

 Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman just recently starred in Willard Beckham's new musical Lucky Guy opposite Emmy Winner Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert Theatre. He also just completed shooting the feature film Varla Jean and The Mushroomheads which he wrote, starred in and produced. Jeffery guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty last year in the final season of the show. He was also featured on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge.  More... 

Actor, Singer, Drag Performer, LGBT

AN EVENING OF POWERFUL GOSPEL MUSIC WITH BAY AREA'S OWN MEN OF ENDURANCE
The Soul Music Series co-produced with Shelly Tatum Presents
Tue, 4/24, 8pm
$25 

Men of Endurance is one of the most exciting gospel singing groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their traditional quartet style is very powerful. The group was organized in the early '90s. Each member of the group has sung and played with some the best groups and choirs in the Bay Area. The group's debut CD "Live in Oakland" recorded at the James Moore Theater, has encouraged thousands of souls. The CD also opened many doors for the group. 
Gospel Group

POPPY CHAMPLIN presents THE QUEER QUEENS OF QOMEDY
All Hail The Queens starring Poppy Champlin
and Special Guests:
Christian Shirm (Showtime Comedy Special)
and
Kira Soltanovich (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) 

Sun, 4/29, 3pm
$30
There's a unique revue that's touring the country with some of the funniest, edgiest, talented and most outrageous comics, united by the single theme: The Queer Queens of Qomedy.  Producer and internationally known comedian, Poppy Champlin artfully selects the best of the best lesbian comics from across the county to join her at each venue.  Now in it's sixth year, Poppy and the QQQ are thrilled to announce that HRC has come on board as the official sponsor of the Queens in 2012.  More...
LGBT Comedy

 

MAY 2012  

Two-Time Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist
MAUREEN McGOVERN
Bay Area Premiere Of Her Brand-New Show
"dangling conversations..."
Musical Director, Jeff Saver

Tue-Sat, 5/1-5 , 8pm

Sun, 5/6, 5pm
$35-45
Maureen McGovern's new show "dangling conversations..." (Looking for Time and Love in the Digital Age) continues her celebration of the 2nd half of the 20th Century Songbook with classic songs by iconic singer/songwriters: Paul Simon, J. D. Souther, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Bruce Springstein, Don Henley, Pete Seeger, Laura Nyro and composer Burt Bacharach --including HELP ME; THE DANGLING CONVERSATION; FAITHLESS LOVE; IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND; AN AMERICAN TUNE; TURN, TURN, TURN; UP, UP and AWAY; TIME and LOVE, and more.

 More... 

Pop, Rock

AMY and FREDDY "WE GET ALONG"
Sat, 5/5, 10pm
$25
Chicago adored cabaret duo Amy & Freddy make their RRazz Room debut to support the release of their newest album, "We Get Along." This season marks Amy & Freddy's 15th anniversary performing together, gracing stages coast-to-coast, both large and small, on land and at sea with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They remain dedicated to their community involvement having presented numerous charity concerts over the years, raising over $15 million for LGBT charities worldwide.  More...
Cabaret, Comedy, LGBT  


The Soulful Gospel Sounds of MICHAEL NELSON

The Soul Music Series co-produced with Shelly Tatum Presents
Sun, 5/6, 8pm
$25
Born in Vallejo, CA, Michael got his introduction to music in the Church of Christ, where there are no musical instruments. The absence of instruments enhanced his ability to hear and understand harmonies, but did not stop him from learning to play the piano by ear before he was 7. His first taste of the music business came after joining an a cappella vocal group called "Joyful Noise" and recording a project with the group that led to numerous Bay Area appearances before opening for The Winans.
Gospel Singer With Full Band
 A Tribute to Nick Ashford
Tue-Fri, 5/8-11, 8pm
Sat, 5/12, 7 & 9:30pm
Sun, 5/13, 7pm
$45-55
Valerie Simpson wrote some of the greatest love songs of a generation with her husband and writing partner, Nick Ashford. But when he died of throat cancer in August at the age of 70, Simpson was cast adrift. After spending more than four decades together, she didn't know if she would ever get back on stage. Valerie will perform all their greatest hits in this moving once in a lifetime concert experience. The RRazz Room has been the Bay Area "home" of Nick & Val since its inception, and is proud to be the venue that Val chose to debut her new show.
Classic Soul, R&B

  

PETER ASHER

A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond
featuring the music of Peter and Gordon

Wed-Thu, 5/16-17, 8pm

Fri-Sat, 5/18-19, 9pm

Sun, 5/20, 7pm 

$40-45
Peter Asher is the legendary record producer, artist manager and 1/2 of British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon has a superb new multimedia show, which debuted at The RRazz Room in August 2010 for three sold-out performances. The show mixes video clips, photos from his personal archive, storytelling from Peter's history with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of other legends from his nearly five decades in the business. Live performances by Peter & full band.  More...
English Guitarist, Singer, Artist Manager, Record Producer  

 

CLAIRDEE AND HER QUARTET 

SoulO-ist
Fri-Sat, 5/18-19, 7pm

Sun, 5/20, 4pm

$30-35

 A rarity in this digital age, Clairdee is truly a spontaneous entertainer bringing sass and sophistication to the stage. At the crossroads of jazz, pop, blues and soul, she seamlessly blends the Great American Songbook and contemporary classic songs with buoyant rhythms, telling riveting stories in her distinctive style to create a fresh spark that suggests the music was written for today.  More... 

Jazz, Pop, Blues, Soul Singer

   

ELAINE STRITCH 

Singin; Sondheim...One Song At A Time

 Wed-Sat, 5/23-26, 8pm 

Sun, 5/27, 7pm

Wed-Sat, 5/30-6/2, 8pm

Sun, 6/3, 7pm

Wed-Sat, 6/6-9, 8pm

Sun, 6/10, 7pm

$45-55

Elaine Stritch has appeared in numerous stage plays, musicals, feature films, and TV programs. She is known for her performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch" in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical Company, her 2001 one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, and for her role as Jack Donaghy's mother Colleen on NBC's 30 Rock. She has been nominated for the Tony Award four times in various categories, and won for Elaine Stritch at Liberty. She received an Emmy Award in 2007 for her appearance on 30 Rock.   More...
Actress, Cabaret Singer 

 
FOR JUN-DEC 2012 PERFORMANCES, CLICK HERE...   

   

The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub, offers the finest in world-class Classic Soul, R&B, Traditional Pop, Jazz, Comedy, Revue and Cabaret entertainment.  This intimate and acoustically perfect venue has been the home for past performers such as: Ashford & Simpson, Oleta Adams, Larry Carlton, Bobby Caldwell, Spyro Gyra, Hiroshima, Ottmar Liebert, Diane Schuur, Ben Vereen, Martha Reeves, Miki Howard, The Zapp Band, Con Funk Shun, Pete Escovedo feat. Juan & Peter Michael Escovedo, Freda Payne, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Kenny G, Lil' Kim, The Angela Bofill Experience, Australia's Thunder From Down Under, All-4-One, Taylor Hicks, Marlena Shaw, Mary Wilson, Janis Paige, Mark Curry, Stefanie Powers, Davy Jones, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Keiko Matsui, Ruben Studdard, Eddie Money, David Campbell, Barb Jungr, Lenny Williams, Paula West, Kim Nalley, Wesla Whitfield, Amanda McBroom, CeCe Peniston, Jon Secada, Marilu Henner, Lynda Carter, Betty Buckley, Pia Zadora, Jerry Butler, Peter Asher, Judy Collins, The Shirelles feat. Legendary Original Member and Co-Founder Beverly Lee, Megan Mullallay, Rachelle Ferrell, Loni Love, Frank Jackson, Jack Jones, Jefferson Starship, Donnell Rawlings, Mary Stallings, Della Reese, Dick Gregory & Will Durst and Karyn White.  Host-escorted seating assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open 60 minutes prior to show.  The RRazz Room is a two-drink minimum, all-ages venue, and tickets are non-refundable.  Limited Club R VIP Memberships available: 415.394.1189 or Kris@TheRRazzRoom.com

Additional helpful information: The R2 Lounge and Bar is open daily at 4pm.  Happy Hour is from 4PM - 7PM, seven days a week.  Dress Code is upscale casual.  Inappropriate attire is: ripped jeans, flip-flops, baseball caps and jerseys.  No audio nor video recording without prior approval.  Absolutely no flash photography.  Please silence cell phones, refrain from use, and keep conversations to a whisper during performances.  With a validation from The RRazz Room, parking at the Mason O'Farrell Garage is $12 (up to five hours).  Enter the garage from Mason or O'Farrell Streets. 
  
Media Contact:
Lisa Bautista, Entertainment Publicist
JFM Presents, LLC
510.967.1109
jfmpresents@gmail.com  

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