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...]

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

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

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

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…

‘Robin and the 7 Hoods’ … the best of the Rat Pack flicks

Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin AND Bing Crosby... ...singing with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra; together delivering a raft of musical numbers written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen -- I mean, how could this NOT be one of the best … Read More...

Steve Tyrell … Like We Did Last Summer

The Austin summer... ...was brutal this year. We had something like eighty 100+ degree days, but it was all cool by me because I had a chance to bracket the hot, hot summer with two balmy evenings with Steve Tyrell. One back in May at the fabulous … Read More...

Tyrell’s ‘Back to Bacharach’ … a great tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David

The pantheon of American Song Book writers... In my recent Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books article, I called out Burt Bacharach and Hal David (others) as song writer/composers that belonged in the same conversation with the greats that Ella and … Read More...

James Tormé’s “Love For Sale”…

I'm buy'n... Not sure if I'm just still in an R&B state of mind after the Bobby Caldwell gig last week, but I'm sort of enchanted by Mel's kid and his debut LP. James Tormé brings an R&B, Standards and Pop fusion orientation to Love for … Read More...

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Dining with The Rat Pack…

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...

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...

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...

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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