The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub announces upcoming performances for January, February, and March.
MADS TOLLING QUARTET
Two-Time Grammy Award Winning Jazz Violinist Returns To The RRazz Room
Mon, 1/16, 8pm
As a long time member of bass legend Stanley Clarke's Band Mads likes to explore the fusions in music. His set will include music from the one of the great fusion ensembles, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. Mads will go with some of the humor & show of Frank Zappa, and then he will dive right into tackling jazz masters Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley. Mads is a prolific writer, and his quartet will tackle some of his compositions from their latest album "The Playmaker...."
Jazz Fusion Violinist
Legendary 2-Time Grammy Winning Vocalist Makes His RRazz Room Debut!
Tue-Sat, 1/17-21, 8pm
Sun, 1/22, 5pm
Jack Jones is one of the greatest singers of all time. A true Singers' Singer and luminary. A double Grammy winner, Jack performs around the globe to sold-out audiences in venues ranging from Jazz clubs to the London Palladium. Jack Jones is the very definition of a complete and total entertainer. The New York Times raves, "he is arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer...." There is only one Jack Jones, and he makes his RRazz Room debut with six not-to-be missed performances.
Traditional Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Musical Theatre, Singer/Actor
Hosted by Nikki Thomas of 102.9FM KBLX and the Nikki Thomas Network
Fri-Sat, 1/20-21, 10pm
$20 ($30 Ltd VIP ~ 30 seats)
One of the greatest young performers in the nation, HBO Def poet and Hip-Hop artist Ise Lyfe performing a musical and spoken word tribute to DR. Martin Luther King Jr.
Poet, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word artist
NIGHT BEAT AT THE RRAZZ ROOM WITH JONATHAN PORETZ & FRIENDS
Sun, 1/22, 7pm
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.
Crooner, Jazz, Traditional Pop, Swing
JIMMY KANSAU AND HIS TRIO
Mon, 1/23, 8pm
It is his love and appreciation for the music of early to mid 20th century Latin America and the Caribbean combined with his understanding of the elegance of classic American jazz that inspires Jimmy to fuse the best of both worlds. It is to that exquisite nexus of sensuousness and musicality where he and his musicians take us with a smile.
Latin, Opera, Jazz
All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead
Tue, 1/24, 8pm
Matthew Martin returns to The RRazz. Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Katharine Hepburn and other Hollywood royalty will be conjured in tribute to their careers, and the gay audiences that have kept their memories alive and well. Stars never die, and these legendary ladies are the landmark of gay culture. Fasten your seat belts, San Francisco; it's going to be a bumpy night.
Tribute, Musical Theatre Singer, LGBT
Celebrates Historic Milestone in 2012 With Residency at The RRazz Room
San Francisco Legendary Band Set To Perform Their 2,000th Show Since Launching in 1974!!!
Wed-Fri, 1/25-27, 8pm
Sat, 1/28, 7 & 9:30pm
Sun, 1/29, 7pm
The special acoustic/electric themed performances shall feature a luminary assemblage, fronted by Grammy nominated lead vocalist Cathy Richardson who starred on Broadway in "Love, Janis." Joining Richardson, Freiberg & Kantner & keyboardist/bassist Chris Smith who joined the band in 1998 after years with The Supremes, will be vocalists Darby Gould & Linda Imperial, legendary Bay area folkie Jack Traylor & acclaimed violinist Aaron Redner from Hot Buttered Rum appearing on successive nights.
Legendary Rock, Progressive Rock Band
Hear My Song: An Evening With G. SCOTT LACY
San Francisco favorite CHRISTOPHER M. NELSON
Broadway/Film/Television and cabaret star Emily Bergl
to guest star with G. SCOTT LACY
Mon, 1/30, 8pm
G. Scott Lacy is one the country's most sought-after talents. He has musical directed over 120 productions working with such theatre companies as the Tony Award Winning La Jolla Playhouse, the award winning Lamb's Players Theatre, the Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, the Emmy Award Winning Malashock Dance Company and others.
Broadway, Traditional Pop, Cabaret, Musical Director/Vocal Coach/Recording Artist, LGBT
The Soul Music Series co-produced with Shelly Tatum Presents
A Gospel Soul Experience starring
LYNETTE BAILEY & BRIDGETTE BAILEY
& Special Guests
Tue, 1/31, 7pm
Sisters Bridgette E Bailey and Robin Lynette Bailey, known to many as "Lynette,"are native San Franciscans born into a musical family. Their grandfather LB Edwards was the founder of Providence Baptist Church Male Chorus and their grandmother Arnette Edwards was one of the lead altos in Providence Baptist Church Chancel Choir. The Edwards family, longtime members of Providence Baptist Church, are well known singers amongst the church community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gospel Soul Singers
The RRazz Room Comedy Club Series With:
Thu, 2/2, 8pm
Fri, 2/3, 9pm
Sat, 2/4-5, 9 & 11pm
Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. You've seen him on Comedy Central's award winning and critically celebrated "Chappelle's Show" as "Ashy Larry," the 70's jheri curled "Beautiful," and numerous other characters he's played. Donnell is the franchise player Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan wanted as a writer and prime time player on their team. "Hilarious" is what Linda Stasi of The New York Post calls Donnell's performance as host.
The RRazz Room LEGENDARY BAY AREA GIANTS OF JAZZ Concert Series
MARY STALLINGS feat. DAVID UDOLF, AKIRA TANA & RON BELCHER
Fri-Sat, 2/3-4 , 7pm
Sun, 2/5, 5pm
Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well known as she should be. The niece of saxman Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5 and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster.
Jazz Singer, Bay Area Legend
David Udolf, piano
Akira Tana, drums
Ron Belcher, bass
Blue Tango Tour ~ The Encore!
Mon, 2/6, 8pm
Winner of the Gardel Prize, a Latin Grammy nominee and member of the Tango Hall of Fame, Maria Volonte is an Argentine singer, guitarist and composer celebrated for the intense passion and beauty of her songs as well as for her charisma and sensuality on stage. The "Blue Tango" show is Maria's exploration of the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues, as two genres steeped in sin, born in brothels, censored yet always resurgent and speaking directly to our souls.
CON FUNK SHUN feat. MlCHAEL COOPER
Tue-Thu, 2/7-9, 8pm
Fri-Sat, 2/10-11, 7 & 10pm
Con Funk Shun is a star-quality attraction delivering a superb, high-energy show with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and a dash of humor. They are, unquestionably, among the heroes of Funk with romantic ballads and dance-party hits galore. Memorable melodies, inventive horn arrangements and clav-guitar woven grooves, make the group absolutely essential to the evolution of funk. They charted 4 consecutive Gold and 1 Platinum album. SOUND OF GROWN MEN coming soon.
Funk, R&B, Soul
FREDDY COLE QUARTET
Sun, 2/12, 7pm $35
Mon, 2/13, 8pm $35
Tue, 2/14, 8pm $40
Special Valentine's Day Performance
Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday, and his timing swings a little more. His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected in jazz.
"Comedy For The New Depression" Returns!
Wed, 2/15, 8pm
"Comedy for the New Depression" is v4.0 of this uncensored, unfiltered and unhinged look at the news, Pop culture and life. Karel again takes biting wit, splitting comedy, painful truths, hysterical life stories, mixes in a few parody songs and creates one of the most unique and relevant stage shows around. "Comedy for the New Depression" is a roller-coaster ride that may not solve the economic crisis, but will certainly make it less painful.
Comedy, Political Satire
Thu-Fri, 2/16-17, 8pm
Sat, 2/18, 7:30pm
Legendary singer and actress. Born Deloreese Patricia Early in Detroit, Michigan. Reese began on the path that would lead her to show business by singing in her family's church at the age of six. Her talents landed her touring with gospel great Mahalia Jackson while still only a teenager. By 18, Reese had formed The Meditation Singers, the group that became the first to take gospel music to the nightclubs of Las Vegas. Reese began making records with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in the 1950s.
Legendary Actress; Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Traditional Pop Singer
Cece Peniston & HER LIVE BAND
Sat, 2/18, 9:30pm
Sun, 2/19, 7pm
$35 ($45 Limited VIP seats; only 60 seats)
When her first single ever was released in 1991 on A&M Records, she was immediately thrust into the music industry worldwide and CeCe has continued with success ever since. Cece Peniston's first single "Finally", achieved Billboard 1 chart status and has sold multi-platinum world-wide, in addition to being featured on more than thirty compilation albums. CeCe thrust passed the one-hit wonder mark with achieving an additional 13 Billboard Top Ten chart status singles. New single "Stoopid."
House, Pop, Soul, R&B
ZAPP BAND & SHIRLEY MURDOCK
Tue-Thu, 2/21-23, 8pm
$35 ($40 Ltd VIP)
An Old School Double Bill Night To Remember!
Zapp is a soul and funk band formed in 1978 by brothers Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman, and Terry Troutman. Known for hits such as "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Dance Floor," "Computer Love" and "I Wanna Be Your Man," the group was a partial source of inspiration to West Coast hip hop and G-funk. Zapp's hand-clapped, drum-beat styled funk of Zapp's records and Roger's use of the talk box became another reason for the group's impact and its success.
Funk, West Coast Hip Hop
Singer/songwriter Shirley Murdock is best known for the ethereal ballad "As We Lay," which was produced by Roger Troutman. Murdock started out singing gospel music in her native Toledo. Troutman hired her as a background singer for his family's group Zapp, who had several hits on Warner Brothers (or its Reprise imprint). Based on this success, Troutman began recording tracks with Murdock and lead singer Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players, among others, at his Dayton-based recording studio Troutman Sound Labs. Murdock's brand new inspirational CD & DVD LIVE: THE JOURNEY (Tyscot Records/Oct 2011) features the Top 30 Radio single, "Dream." She recently performed this song at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication in Washington DC a few weeks ago. The project also features special guests Kelly Price, Regina Belle, and Beverly Crawford.