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…

Johnny Mathis … the remastered Mercury Years

The first re-release... ...of Johnny Mathis' heretofore "lost" Mercury Records recordings was released this week -- the dual-CD compilation Tender Is The Night/Wonderful World of Make-Believe. After carpet bombing the charts with dozens of hit … Read More...

A night with Nikki Yanofsky

I want to hit the Fresh Faces category hard right out of the chute with a quick review of one of my new favorites - Nikki Yanofsky. Took in Nikki last fall at the One World Theatre in Austin, Tx. All I can say is wow… at least for the most … Read More...

The Ella Sings Series (Part 2) … the Cole Porter Song Book

As I mentioned in 'The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books' post last week, I will review each of the eight album releases in that box set over the next few weeks as a series. First up, The Cole Porter Song Book... The perfect place to start... Not … Read More...

“SINATRA: Best of the Best” review

Is this CD really Frank's Best of the Best? Well ... ... yes and no. It sort of depends on where you fall on the Frank Sinatra listening experience and collector scale. If you're  just finding your way to Frank Sinatra this is a clear winner ... … 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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