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…

The Sinatra Project is an Amazing Feinstein Experience!

It really wasn’t fair. I put Michael Feinstein at a bit of a disadvantage before his performance last Thursday in Austin. After spending three days listening to and reviewing the newly remastered Sinatra-Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings … Read More...

Louis Prima Jr.’s Album Debut Swings…

...and Rocks! Louis Prima Jr. commingles the punch and energy of his rock band heritage with his famous dad's classic (and lesser known) material, rendering a very strong debut LP release --  Return of the Wildest!. LPjr specifically sets a … Read More...

Robert Davi owns the desert night!

Last Saturday... ...at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto CA., I caught the second leg of the "Davi in the Desert" tour. OK, there's no official "Davi in the Desert" tour, but Robert Davi followed his sold out, three show Vegas debut at the … Read More...

Sammy Davis Jr. sings…

...Laurindo Almeida plays My review of The Concert Sinatra a couple of weeks ago triggered several email exchanges with some Sinatra fans, and one of those conversations gravitated to the Sinatra-Jobim studio LPs. Chatting about Frank's Jobim … 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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