peggy tour front
photo by www.joseaguzmancolon.com

 

 

"Glamour. Style. Poise. Presence. Voice. These are the first five things that are abundantly apparent in the opening moments of VERONICA KLAUS SINGS THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK..." Mike Ward, Broadwayworld.com

 

Take a look at the new interview!!

 

Richard Skipper Celebrates Veronica Klaus Interview 

--Click here!  

 

 

 

I'm so excited about our upcoming dates for this show in 

SF NYC and LA! 

 

More exciting news and previews after the gig dates!  

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In San Francisco

Friday August 24th

Saturday August 25th

10pm shows!  

 

The Rrazz Room

222 Mason St. @ O'Farrell 

Hotel Nikko

SF CA

For SF ticket sales and information click HERE! 

 

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In New York City 

Wednesday, August 29th

7:30pm show!

 

Joe's Pub 

@The Public Theater

425 Lafayette St. 

New York, NY

For NYC tickets or more information on Joe's Pub NYC show CLICK HERE! 

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In Hollywood

Friday, September 21st

Saturday, September 22nd

9pm shows 

 

The Gardenia 

7066 Santa Monica Blvd

West Hollywood

 

For ticket sales and information in LA click HERE!   

 

If you have friends in these cities, please do me a big favor and let them know! You can forward this email directly to them!  Thank you!!    

 

Veronica live photo
                                          photo by James Knox

 

 

3 radio interviews coming up this week!  

 

Tammy Hall and I will be guests of Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs on KKUP in Cupertino on Wed. morning at 10am.  Go to http://kkup.org to listen in!  

  

Tune in on Thursday evening at 7pm when I am Marilynn Pittman's guest on KALW Out In The Bay!  http://www.outinthebay.com/   The sound of LGBT culture!  

 

I'll be Alisa Clancy's guest on KCSM's Desert Island Jazz program on Friday, Aug. 17th at 9am.  I've always wanted to be on this program and am very grateful to be asked!  I pick the 8 songs I would bring along to a desert island along with a few other items and we play songs from SOMETHING COOL--my new CD recorded with the Tammy L. Hall Quartet--along with my faves and talk about them!  Spend an hour stranded with us!  Tune in to www.KCSM.org or FM 91.1 to hear!  

 

Also, here's a little plug for the NYC show on Broadwayworld.com's STAGE TUBE!  Click it!  

  

Check out the newest SNEAK PEEK of the Peggy Lee Songbook show from our studio session!  Here's my live HD video recording of Peggy Lee's I Love Being Here With You with The Tammy L. Hall Quartet!  

 

 

Here's the rest of Mike Ward's review....

 

"Tammy Hall Trio provides accompaniment, with the ever-magnificent Hall's multi-dynamic piano mastery...Klaus does remarkable work on so many of the tunes. Rogers & Hart's "Lover" (the "Love to Love You Baby" of its time after Lee's treatment, Klaus shared) went from a gentle waltz to a hot Brazilian Samba. Klaus serves a spiced-up vocal with Kent Bryson's scorching solo turning up the heat. "Moments Like This" is a crisp lesson in the mastery of dynamics, both in her interpretation of the song & how she works the audience. "He Needs Me" is a winning example of less is more, a clean simplicity creating a rich specificity in her delivery.

 

"I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" gives Klaus opportunity to display more versatility, but it is proof-positive that the Bay Area is the home to a pianist (Hall) whose skills blur boundaries of distinction, mastering a wide array of styles. Sublime, oft-times surprising when she melds styles within a passage, Hall is able to hold an audience rapt with her solo skills in a way that is magical, as if conjuring some grand force from the beyond.

 

Saving the best for last, as in encore, what Klaus does with the penultimate Lee classic "Fever" is nothing short of a master class in how to take an iconic tune & make it your own. From the intro, which has a near-recitative quality that draws the audience closer in, to Klaus' own custom lyrics in the spirit of the original, to her saucy, playfully-knowing phrasing, to a clear self-awareness that she knows how to do this tune justice and then some, every moment of "Fever" raises the mercury higher in the thermometer. An endless supply of extra-strength Tylenol couldn't quash this "Fever" - Klaus delivers the hottest, version of this song this writer has ever heard. An indescribable excitement washes over an audience when they've witnessed the rebirth of a classic & at song's end, the audience will assuredly leap to their feet as they did during the April performances.

Bringing added heat to fuel this "Fever" is the weaving of inspired piano work by Hall. Bryson's crafty drum breakdown invokes the original, then sways to Klaus' bold original take. Fabricant's wicked-hot bass solo burns a hole in the Rrazz floor (audiences in April appreciatively offered up wolf whistles & howls).
  Selecting music from an artist whose career spanned nearly six decades & over 500 recordings is daunting, Klaus shared. Understandable. Finding which pieces to connect an evening together is always the greatest task in a tribute-style cabaret show. Yet Klaus has managed to craft an evening of music worthy of honoring Peggy Lee, providing some delightful, insightful pieces of personal history on the lady and her music, all while keeping a good steady flow to the evening.



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Below is more information about our newest cd release!  
SOMETHING COOL - Veronica Klaus with the Tammy L. Hall Quartet



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cd cover
Photo: www.joseaguzmancolon.com
Design: Kent Taylor
Greetings!

SOMETHING COOL is here! Thank you for all the wonderful feedback we have been receiving!  It's great to know that you like it too! 
 
I want to share our first official review, but first let me tell you that SOMETHING COOL IS NOW AVAILABLE at www.cdbaby.com,  itunes, www.spotify.com, as well as at our upcoming performances! 
 
ALSO, it is available in HD format too, by responding to this email. Here are the details about this state-of-the-art format option: 

 

"Something Cool" is available on traditional CDs, as well as an extended version distributed on a USB memory stick. The extended version includes the album in both standard and high resolution*, as well as a music video and high-resolution artworks. The high resolution tracks are a direct copy of the studio master, and sound just amazing!

* High resolution tracks are delivered in both ALAC format for iTunes users (plays on iPods/iPhone), and in FLAC format for PC users (plays on Android phones). The content was mastered at Trilogy Studio in 88.2kHz, 24 bits format, and is originally preserved on those tracks. Proper playback system setup may be required to play back high-resolution content natively. 
 
 *****

A recent review from www.cabaretscenes.com!  
 
"Something Cool, the new CD from San Francisco's favorite chanteuse Veronica Klaus, is a perfect representation of why she's so beloved: sassy, hip renderings of perfectly chosen gems performed con- fidently with abundant style. Klaus carefully and smartly chooses her material to represent her persona through the lyric, enhancing the dramatic effect with her strong contralto and sultry mannerisms.
Backed by the Tammy L. Hall Quartet and some fabulous trumpet work by Mike Olmos, Klaus borrows from the greats (Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Ruth Brown, Anita O'Day and Peggy Lee) while also honoring modern singer/songwriters. Joni Mitchell's sardonic "For Free" and the lovely Phoebe Snow song "Something Real" mix seamlessly with gems like "Old Devil Moon" (Lane/Harburg) and "Just Squeeze Me" (Fats Waller/Clarence Williams). "You're My Thrill," with its muted aching trumpet solos and tightly syncopated drum beat (Kent Bryson), sets a high standard that Klaus maintains throughout this CD. The Holiday hit "Trav'lin' Light" (Trummy Young/Jimmy Mundy/Johnny Mercer) and the Wilson-recorded "Save Your Love for Me" (Buddy Johnson) show an intelligent entertainer blessed with great arrangements and comfortable with her voice.

Klaus can be soft and vulnerable on a ballad, like the June Christy standard "Something Cool" (Billy Barnes), or raucous and energetic as on "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too)" (Kansas Joe McCoy) and the Ruth Brown lesser-known gem "Somebody Touched Me" (Ahmet Ertegun). Klaus has become a local treasured icon, deservedly so. Her CD title is aptly chosen."

Steve Murray
Cabaret Scenes
July 1, 2012
www.cabaretscenes.org
 
Please tell your friends about it if you enjoy SOMETHING COOL.  Word of mouth is the best publicity!  Now that the music is made the hard part starts---getting it out and heard.  Any help spreading the word would be GREATLY appreciated!   
 
 
Thanks again for listening! 
xoxo V