SAN ANTONIO, TX - The number-one male jazz singer in the home of the Alamo will return to the Big Apple Thanksgiving Weekend for his third performance at the popular Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street.
His new show, “I’ve Got a Crush on New York Town,” is slated for Saturday, November 29, at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25, $85 and $115 and are available at Metropolitan Room
or by calling 212-206-0440. Special discounts are available for members of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).
Ken Slavin – whose jazz star continues to rise coast to coast, thanks to cable TV’s Music Choice, online music services such as Spotify, and generous commercial and internet radio airplay – made his New York City debut at the club last fall. He released a CD of the debut in December, did a second show in January and now will return just in time for the start of the Holiday Season, entertaining in what Zagat has recently ranked as Manhattan’s top jazz cabaret room.
Accompanied by a classic jazz trio, Slavin will present an eclectic collection of great New York City-themed standards and jazz classics, including an expanded version of his popular New York medley from which the show takes its name. And in honor of the first weekend of the 2014 Holiday Season, he will toss in some jazzy versions of beloved Christmas classics.
Prior to the November 29 show, New York area cabaret and jazz aficionados will have a chance for a “sneak peek" when Slavin performs a number at the popular open-mic event, Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., on Monday, November 24, at 9:30 p.m.
While in New York, Slavin will also sing live on John Bohannan’s “The Jazz Café” at Hofstra University on Long Island and will appear on John Lombardi's Lounging with Lombardi" on City World Radio.
For more information, visit KenSlavin.com. Or call Len Triola of Len Triola Promotional Services Inc. at 516-782-9635 or 516-781-2749.GROWING POPULARITY IN NEW YORK
Slavin is currently enjoying a surge of popularity on New York area radio stations and on nationally syndicated radio programs with his newest CD, “You Gotta Have Heart: Ken Slavin Live at The Metropolitan Room in New York,” executive-produced by Tony Award-winning theater “angel” Paul Boskind of New York and San Antonio. (Boskind won a 2011 Tony for “Best Revival of a Play” as one of the backers of the critically acclaimed “The Normal Heart” and his most recent production, “Mothers and Sons,” starring Tyne Daley, received Tony nominations for “Best Play” and “Best Actress.”)
A native of the Tri-State area – he was born in New London, Connecticut, and spent his childhood years on Staten Island, in Newark and in Greenwich, Connecticut – Slavin has been performing in Texas for nearly 25 years. A self-described “late bloomer,” he began his music career just before he turned 30.
Now 53, Slavin has racked up numerous awards and glowing reviews across the country and overseas. His CDs are programmed on many traditional and internet radio stations in the USA and Europe. His critically acclaimed I'll Take Romance" has been spotlighted on U.S. radio programs from Alaska to New York and as far away as the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, New Zealand, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic and Mexico - and is currently programmed on the Singers and Swing" channel of cable TV's Music Choice network, headquartered in New York City. It is also a Spotify and Apple iTunes favorite.
His unique interpretations of jazz, pop, blues and Spanish language classics and his charismatic stage presence have made him the top male jazz vocalist in Texas - popular everywhere from the country club set" and sophisticated nightspots to jazz festivals and college campuses. Slavin has opened for such jazz legends as The Four Freshmen, Eddie Palmieri, Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Sanborn and Chico Hamilton. He also has performed in concert with the internationally acclaimed Jim Cullum Jazz Band, legendary New York-based jazz pianist Johnny O’Neal and internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Gerry Gibbs, son of renowned jazz vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. He also has given private performances for Grammy Award winners Helen Reddy and Vikki Carr and recently opened for smooth jazz saxophone sensation Jeff Kashiwa of Seattle at the annual San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival.
In 2011, Slavin was invited to appear on BBC London's popular program, “Late Night with Joanne Good." That same year, after being discovered on You Tube by Diane Linden Thomas, producer of the internet radio program “A Visit With Connie Francis" (which streams every week on Baltimore Net Radio), Slavin was invited to guest-host four of the broadcasts - which he researched and scripted himself. It was a definite thrill for the crooner, who is a lifelong fan of Francis’ music.
In 2012, the San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival presented Slavin with the “Lifetime Achievement Award" for his musical contributions to the community - most notably for a six-year series of concerts and a special CD he produced to benefit the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.