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Steve Tyrell Rocks Austin…

I have to admit to a bit of trepidation... At first I was jazzed to learn that Steve's visit to Austin was timed with the release of That Lovin' Feeling --  his new LP. There's nothing like catching an artist performing new material he's really jazzed about. But when I saw the album promo materials emphasizing Tyrell singing "standards of another kind"... I have to admit I was concerned. "Hound Dog"... Really? After delivering 10 albums over nearly twice that many years that are … [Read More...]

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Frankie, Shirley and me…

Sorry for being MIA... ...the last couple of weeks. What started out as a well deserved rest between Christmas and New Year's turned into an extended hiatus with a couple of major infrastructure breakdowns around VS Manor, and an unexpected … Read More

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Godspeed Patti Page…

The New Year was off to such a great start... ...until last night. First, my new exercise regime played the muscle spasms card to let me know that I need to take things slower ... and then came the sad news of Patti Page's passing on New Years … Read More

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Jazz up your holidays with Dale Corn’s ‘Christmas at Our House’…

A couple of weeks back... ...while lamenting the dearth of good holiday releases this year, I mentioned Dale Corn's Christmas at Our House (EP) as one of the exceptions to this season's underwhelming holiday music rollout. At just three tracks, … Read More

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A Holiday Chat with Deana Martin …

I was lucky enough... ...to catch up with Deana Martin for a phone chat the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This was a VS bucket list event for me, and Deana turned out to be every bit as lovely and charming in person as she appears on stage! Deana … Read More

VS Reviews…

The Concert Sinatra (2012)

Review: The Concert Sinatra (2012 re-release)…

Frank and Nelson Got it Right the First Time... This is a really interesting album ... an unusual album even. Back in 1963 Frank eschewed the saloon titles, love songs and swing'n hits that made him a giant and grabbed four sound stages at the … Read More...

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Bobby Caldwell gig was a bit of a mixed bag…

Bobby landed the gig squarely at the corner of Rhythm & Blues... ...and that was just fine. Though Caldwell has turned out a couple of standards albums, far and away his hit singles come from the R&B realm and he pretty much stayed there for … Read More...

Tony Bennett - Duets II

Tony Bennett “Duets II” Review

In keeping with my unintended  "All Tony Bennett, All the Time" theme for this week... Tony Bennett released Duets II as a celebration of his 85th birthday -- happy birthday Tony! Sporting 17 tracks with an array of young and old artists that cross … Read More...

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tonight!

Winding down ... ...my live performance schedule for 2011 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at One World Theatre tonight. Though BBVdD is a pure-play swing gig more than a standards outing, I can't resist catching these guys while they're in Austin-town. … Read More...

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Dining with The Rat Pack…

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Ringing in 2013 with ‘The Thin Man’…

It's become a tradition... ... around VS Central to ring in the New Year by juxtaposing the consumption of a decadent meal with a midnight viewing of William Powell and Myrna Loy in "The Thin Man". Hey, nobody party's harder than Nick and Nora … Read More...

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Deana Martin goes toe-to-toe with Sophia Loren…

Would you take on Sophia Loren? ...On the proper recipe for Pasta Fagioli no less? Well, Deana Martin did exactly that! While interviewing Ms Martin for the Holiday Chat with Deana Martin article, we had a sidebar discussion about learning to … Read More...

Probably not Patsy's ... but who knows

Sinatra’s first Thanksgiving at Patsy’s Restaurant…

Frank Sinatra... ...had a 30+ year relationship with Patsy's Restaurant and three generations of the Scognamillo family that ran the place. Patsy's became a favorite haunt for Frank -- special to him for far more than just great food -- and that … Read More...

Fennel Crusted Salmon on white beans, fennel and tomatoes

The Fennel-crusted Salmon is great … but oh the white bean pan stew!

Endless summer in Austin... ...sort of has me down. Don't get me wrong, we're way better off than we were last year at this time -- after 2011's vicious wild fires and 70 days over 100 degrees -- but I've been hankering for one of my favorite … Read More...

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