Four week residency at Trousdale in Los Angeles starts April 25
James Tormé examines time-honored pop and classic jazz standards with swinging arrangements and an old-school R&B twist on Love For Sale, out on eOne Music/Tormé Jazz on May 31. For his debut, Tormé also premieres several original tunes reflecting a broad spectrum of musicality. Leading up to the release, Tormé will perform a four week residency at Los Angeles hot spot Trousdale. (See below for dates)
The son of legendary entertainer Mel Tormé, James was literally born into the musical traditions he celebrates on Love For Sale. While Tormé is his own man musically, he sets out to live up to the standards instilled in him by his father. Having performed around the world with his own jazz trio, Tormé assembled the producing team of jazz composer/trumpet player John Daversa and veteran musician/arranger/producer David Paich for this release.
Love for Sale features a number of James Tormé originals alongside covers including the big-band jazz of Alan Jay Lerner’s “Come Back to Me” and the Cole Porter penned title track. He also takes on the pop standards “Autumn Leaves” and “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” Tormé even manages to fashion songs like Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together" and Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" into signature songs of his own.
Tormé’s musical history has long been intertwined with that of his family. “My dad was a hero to me, and his lifelong love affair with music inspired my own,” he notes. “My musical vocabulary was born out of the music of my dad and his contemporaries mixed with my own childhood loves like Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind and Fire.” He continues, “Growing up in the U.K., things like Jamiroquai and The Brand New Heavies showed that it was possible to keep the jazz textures I grew up with—brass, strings and woodwinds—in my music, yet let it remain totally fresh at the same time.”
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