Texas Jazz Crooner Ken Slavin Makes Don’t Tell Mama Debut With Acclaimed Saloon Show, “Shaken, Not Stirred”


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I’m thrilled to be making my first appearance at the most famous cabaret room in the Theater District!
The number-one male jazz singer in the home of the Alamo makes his Don’t Tell Mama debut during Tony Award Weekend with “Shaken, Not Stirred – With A Tony Twist!”

Slavin’s first engagement at the legendary cabaret at 343 W. 46th Street in the heart of the Theater District will feature two shows: Friday, June 9 at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. $20 plus a two-drink minimum. And there is a $5 discount for MAC members. Call 212-757-0788 or visit donttellmamanyc.com for reservations.

Slavin's performance will feature an elegant and eclectic program of great saloon and torch songs—all served up with swingin’ jazz touches. Several of the tunes will be from classic Broadway shows that were either nominated for or won the coveted Tony Award. “I’m thrilled to be making my first appearance at the most famous cabaret room in the Theater District,” Slavin said. “I am so grateful to Sidney Myer for making this possible!”

Though based in San Antonio, Slavin has made significant in-roads in New York after his Big Apple debut at the Metropolitan Room on Halloween Night 2013. His latest CD, recorded on that special night and produced by Tony Award-winner Paul Boskind (co—producer of the revival of “The Normal Heart” in 2011), is heard on jazz radio stations coast to coast and has received excellent media reviews. He also recently became a voting member of The Recording Academy, which produces the annual GRAMMY Awards.


Ken made his New York City singing debut on Halloween Night 2013 at the famed Metropolitan Room. Since then, he has enjoyed increasing 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-winner Paul Boskind, co-producer of 2011’s “The Normal Heart.”

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 27 years. A self-described “late bloomer,” he began his music career just before he turned 29.  Now 55, Slavin has racked up numerous awards and glowing reviews across the country and overseas. His CDs sell regularly in Japan, Europe and Latin America. And he is currently ranked #1 on ReverbNation’s jazz charts for San Antonio and for the Southwest Region—and has been in the Top 10 for its U.S. and global jazz charts for several weeks.

Slavin is a member of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs and a voting member of The Recording Academy, which produces the annual GRAMMY Awards.

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 The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, legendary New York-based jazz pianist Johnny O'Neal and internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Gerry Gibbs, also based in New York, who is son of renowned jazz vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. He 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. 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.

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