Russ Lorenson

Russ Lorenson

BandJazz

"Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick, he is his own man. " -Jazz Review "Lorenson is part of the neo-croonerism pack that includes Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum and Peter Cincotti." -San Francisco Examiner

Biography

Russ Lorenson has established a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading interpreters of jazz standards, with a sound and approach that place him at the intersection of Broadway, jazz, and pop - the very essence of the Great American Songbook. Jazz Review says that “Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick; he is his own man.”

Nominated for a 2007 MAC Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, Russ Lorenson’s passion for the stage started as a youngster, with a performing career that began at age seven in his home town of Philadelphia. As an actor he has appeared in musical productions with theatre companies throughout California and has toured with the National Theatre for Children. As a choral conductor and vocal coach, Russ was the Associate Conductor of the award-winning California Youth Chorale for 5 years. As a vocalist he has toured the US, UK and Europe, appearing in concert with such luminaries as Broadway stars Karen Mason and Dale Kristien, “Queen of Cabaret” Andrea Marcovicci, jazz diva Wesla Whitfield, and as the opening act for the legendary Eartha Kitt.

Lorenson is best known for his critically-acclaimed tribute to an American music icon in his show, "Benedetto/Blessed: Celebrating the Life and Music of Tony Bennett." Lorenson’s salute to the man whom Frank Sinatra called "the best singer in the business" premiered in 2006 as the opening act for the legendary Eartha Kitt. Since then, the show has enjoyed sold-out runs across the country, including San Francisco's Empire Plush Room, Sterling’s Upstairs in Los Angeles, Milwaukee’s Wilson Center for the Arts, and New York's famed Iridium Jazz Club. Lorenson’s previous nightclub show, "A Little Travelin’ Music," played to sold-out audiences on both coasts. His debut CD, of the same name, was released in May 2006 on the LML Music label and features songs from the show and includes duets with special guests Shawn Ryan and Klea Blackhurst. His second CD, the jazzy holiday collection "What I Want For Christmas," was also released on LML Music in 2006, and has received extensive radio airplay in major markets across the US. Both CD’s were included in the initial Nominating Ballot for the 2006 Grammy Awards in the category of "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" alongside such artists as Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, and John Pizzarelli.

Lyrics

"It's Raining Memories"

Written By: Russ Lorenson

It's raining memories,
Memories of you and me from long ago, so long ago.
It's raining memories,
Don't need no weatherman to tell me so.

It's raining memories,
No one's ever seen such rain before, such a downpour.
It's raining memories,
But the forecast just calls for more.

It rained the day I met you, when we shared a cross-town cab.
It rained the night you left me, taking all the love I had.
I'm freezing in the storm, without your love to keep me warm.
I'm out in the cold, soaked to the skin,
All alone with thoughts of "might have been.”

It's raining memories,
Though I try and try so to forget, just can't forget.
The way you broke my heart,
How I wish we'd never met.

[INSTRUMENTAL SOLO]

It rained the day I met you, when we shared a cross-town cab.
It rained the night you left me, taking all the love I had.
I'm freezing in the storm, without your love to keep me warm.
I'm out in the cold, soaked to the skin,
All alone with thoughts of "might have been.”

It's raining memories,
Man it just keeps comin' down, comin' down.
Without you here,
I am surely gonna drown.

Since you went away, I’ve been in agony.
It's raining memories,
Memories of you and me.

Discography

CD - "A Little Travelin' Music" (LML Music), 2006
CD - "What I Want For Christmas" (LML Music), 2006

Set List

Russ has four shows available for booking, and each show has three versions available, depending on the venue or event:

1. Two acts, total running time approximately 1:45, which includes a 15min intermission and the encore.
2. One act, total running time approximately 90 minutes, including the encore.
3. One act, total running time approximately 65 minutes, including the encore.

Visit http://www.russlorenson.com/shows for more information about any show.

Show 1: "Benedetto/Blessed: Celebrating the Life and Music of Tony Bennett"

The best is yet to come as Russ Lorenson honors an American music icon, the man whom Frank Sinatra called "the best singer in the business."

He’s that regular guy from Astoria, Queens, who left his heart in San Francisco. He's the civil rights pioneer whose groundbreaking friendship with an African-American Army buddy during World War II caused his superiors to punish him by making him dig graves. He’s the postwar heartthrob who inspir