FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post will continue its Fall 2012 season with the premiere engagement of Grammy nominated jazz singer, SUE RANEY. For her first New York nightclub engagement in 25 years, Raney will be accompanied by her longtime colleague Alan Broadbent on piano, in addition to Harvie Swartz on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. Part of the evening’s repertoire will be drawn from their last two albums together: Heart's Desire: A Tribute to Doris Day and Listen Here. The show will run from November 7 to 10 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
SUE RANEY was born in McPherson, Kansas and by the time she was twelve had her own radio show. By age sixteen her family had migrated to Southern California and she became a regular on Jack Carson’s radio show. Within the next year she would have a contract with Capitol Records and her first album, When Your Lover is Gone, with Nelson Riddle. She appeared on numerous TV variety programs, led by countless appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” as well as the Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas, Dean Martin, Danny Kaye and Red Skelton TV shows. She appeared with Bob Hope, and co-starred with Don Rickles and Bob Newhart in their Las Vegas shows. In more recent times, Ms. Raney has performed across the country with pops conductor Richard Kaufman. She has also toured with Michel Legrand and performed in jazz festivals in the US and abroad. Most recently she was seen in Rex Reed’s 2012 92nd Street Y production “It's Magic: Nine Decades of Songs from Warner Bros.”
A four-time Grammy Award nominee, in 2007, Ms. Raney found herself back in Studio A of Capitol Records, where she had cut her first record, to make the CD Heart's Desire: A Tribute to Doris Day. She was accompanied by a full orchestra arranged and conducted by the Grammy Award-winning Alan Broadbent, and the disc received some of the best reviews of her career. Last year, she reunited with Mr. Broadbent – this time alone at the piano – for Listen Here, a set of classic songs. It received among the best reviews of her career: Rex Reed called it a genuine masterpiece no serious fan of the Great American Songbook can afford to miss," and according to Will Friedwald, she is “singing better than ever.”
The last time Sue Raney appeared in New York, prior to her recent 92nd Street Y engagement, was in 1985 at Fat Tuesday’s. Between then and now, her professional activities, involving teaching vocal students, West Coast club engagements, symphonic pops concerts, etc., have made the goal of bi-coastal performing somewhat daunting. But the demand from fans and critics has finally given her the nudge she's needed to make the leap. And Feinstein's has always been her logical choice for a Manhattan venue. Says Raney, “There have always been, over the year, those major rooms and supper clubs in which to perform, not only for career moves, but also for the pleasure of performing. I got to sing in a lot of them. Feinstein’s is definitely one of those places and I’m so thrilled to finally be singing there.”
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present SUE RANEY from Wednesday November 7 through Saturday, through November 10 at 8:00 PM, with an additional 10:30 PM performance on Saturday evening. All shows have a $30.00 cover with $50.00 premium seats and $60.00 up-front seats. In addition, there is a $25.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095.