There is another side to The Smith Center. A stylish and intimate, 240-seat venue where you can grab a bite, lift a glass and enjoy a true cabaret-style experience. This is Cabaret Jazz, an elegant yet easygoing club where you can be entertained by the finest musicians from across the country. Located across from Reynolds Hall inside the Boman Pavilion, it’s the kind of place where live music can truly come alive.
Benjamin D. Hale and Zach Ryan present Wild, Restless and Blue
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Follow two traveling musicians across the lonesome and forgotten highways of America and stop everywhere along the way. Ben Hale and Zach Ryan present Wild, Restless and Blue, a show that explores the tall tales and dark corners of American roots music and 50’s Rock and Roll. They will be backed by an amazing and uniquely gifted four-piece band, as well as lovely female vocalists. Together they will take you on an unforgettable journey through haunting melodies, Latin rhythms, and rowdy guitar riffs. It is one unforgettable night you will not want to miss. Neither Ben or Zach are strangers to Vegas, both have called it home. Ben Moved to Vegas to perform in Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular after which he performed as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet. Zach came to Las Vegas to pursue working in the live music scene. Playing in three wildly different groups, and putting out 3 independent records, he maintained a loyal following locally and throughout the country. They have since reunited in Nashville, Tennessee and have been playing there locally and touring nationally within different groups. “Wild, Restless and Blue” takes you along with them through the lonesome highways and cheap motels of America, one song at a time
Frankie Moreno: With Plenty of Mistletoe
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Make this season bright by enjoying your favorite festive hits at Frankie Moreno’s special holiday show, “Frankie Moreno: With Plenty of Mistletoe.” Incorporating his classic showmanship flare and vintage flavor, Moreno will perform a fun mix of seasonal tunes with style in The Smith Center’s intimate Cabaret Jazz venue. Get in the holiday mood with this entertaining show!
Gavin Creel with Seth Rudetsky - POSTPONED
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wed, December 14, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Wed, January 18, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Wed, March 1, 2017 at 10:30 PM
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas is an entertainment forum that allows local composers and songwriters the opportunity to present original musical material to a supportive audience in an informal cabaret-style setting. Founded and hosted by Keith Thompson (Jersey Boys) and Michael Brennan (Le Reve), the showcase focuses on uniting the Theatre community of Las Vegas, giving creative spirits an outlet for artistic expression, laughing a lot and having a great time. The Composers Showcase is not "open mic." Each presentation is carefully planned. Composers and material are screened in order to provide the best and highest quality of entertainment. To purchase more than two tickets in the Mezzanine, four tickets on the Floor or to find available open seats at any table, please call the Box Office at 702.749.2000.
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Deana Martin: Holiday Cheer
December 16-17, 2016, 7:00p.m.
From the moment she walks on stage, Deana Martin takes her audience on a contemporary and exciting musical sleigh ride, with her non-stop dynamic energy, filled with classic yuletide tunes and songs honoring her legendary father, Dean Martin, and other great performers who shaped American music and popular culture for over four decades. The Deana Martin Christmas Show is a totally engaging, classy and contemporary presentation of the most beloved soundtrack of Christmases past and Holiday memories yet to be shared, capturing the swinging sophistication associated with her Dad and the Rat Pack. Combine the coolness of the Rat Pack with the vocal sophistication of Deana Martin, and you have The Deana Martin Christmas Show, the Christmas concert of the season. In the age-old tradition of a family Christmas, Deana offers a electrifying musical revue that’s a toast to the Holidays with some of the greatest songs ever written. Singing what has become the soundtrack of the season, Deana has hand selected a collection of timeless favorites such as Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, and many more. In the words of noted Jazz Reviewer Don Heckman: “Added to that Deana performs more far-ranging titles, including I Love Being Here With You, The Lady Is A Tramp, Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You and Miss Otis Regrets. That’s a group of songs that would challenge the skills of most artists in the contemporary pop music world. Deana handles it with an illuminating blend of musicality and interpretive skill.” One of the many highlights of The Deana Martin Christmas Show is a heartwarming duet of White Christmas that she recorded with Mr. Christmas himself, Andy Williams complete with a video montage. Critics and audiences agree, this is a moving and emotional experience that always brings a standing ovation. The Deana Martin Christmas Show will leave you with the happy wish that the Christmas spirit be celebrated everyday of the year! Treat yourself and those you love to a once in a lifetime evening of Holiday Cheers! See and enjoy Deana Martin, live!
The Christmas Concert featuring an All-Star Student Cast from The Musical Arts Scholarship Program
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Come celebrate the holiday season with an all-star cast of students from the Musical Arts Scholarship Program, featuring special guest star veteran Las Vegas entertainer, Glenn Williams. Then join in the fun, at the end of the show, with an audience sing-a-long of Yuletide favorites. Proceeds benefit the Musical Arts Scholarship Program.
Trina Johnson Finn: LipStick Diva! Born To Sing
January 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM
A Jazzy and Sophisticated show that celebrates some of the most Iconic Female Voices of our time. Trina Johnson Finn will dazzle you with her vocal performance and stage presence as she pays homage to the women who inspired her to sing. LipStick Diva will take you on a musical journey that will satisfy your soul and quench your thirst for classic entertainment. Performing a wide range of songs made famous by Billie Holdiay, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston to name a few. As a performer, Trina has shared her talents and graced the stage with incredible recording artist over the years ranging from Barbara Streisand to MC Hammer to The Family Stone. Johnson Finn has also appeared in Film, Television and numerous production shows including her self-produced show called "Queen of the Night! Remembering Whitney.
More Music of the Classic Horn Bands with the Lon Bronson Band
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM
The iconic Lon Bronson Band return to their roots once again with an entire concert of classic horn band favorites: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tower Of Power, Chase, Chicago, and many more classic horn groups will be faithfully recreated by this venerable 14 piece All Star Band. Now in their 27th year as Vegas headliners, the Lon Bronson Band always deliver a memorable show!
January 20-21, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Cuts a broad swath in both style and substance.” – The Intelligencer George Winston’s solo piano recordings have sold millions of copies, showcasing his diverse style that includes rural folk, stride jazz and New Orleans R&B. Winston will perform a variety of his favorite seasonal tunes, including Peanuts pieces from his tribute albums, melodies inspired by the New Orleans piano and the stride piano traditions, and additional original compositions. Audiences will be amazed by the variety of styles featured in one concert. Winston has released 13 solo piano albums over approximately 40 years. Concentrating mainly on live performances, he tours regularly playing solo piano concerts, solo guitar concerts and solo harmonica concerts.
Storm Large: Stormy Love
Friday, January 27 - 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm
“A powerful, refreshingly unaffected style.” – Seattle PI Many recognize singer/songwriter Storm Large as a former finalist on the reality show “Rock Star: Supernova.” She has achieved much more with her haunting voice: Performing internationally, she has sung at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, toured around the world with band Pink Martini, and is also an accomplished big-band singer. Storm and her band, Le Bonheur, put on a sizzling live show that electrifies audiences with a tour through the American songbook, Broadway tear-jerkers, classic rock anthems and some of Storm's own originals.
Bruce Harper Big Band with Elisa Fiorillo: Let The Good Times Roll!
Tuesday, February 6, 2017, 7:00 PM
Jazz Recording artists Elisa Fiorillo and Bruce Harper join an amazing 19 piece big band filled with Las Vegas’ finest musicians. The band plays jazz standards and classics from the American songbook- highlighting the brilliant compositions of Allen Imbach.
Ramsey Lewis Trio
February 17-18, 2016 at 7:00 PM
“When Lewis suddenly and unexpectedly shifts the mood, he can locate and stir the very deepest of emotions.” – JazzTimes Known internationally for chart-topping hits such as “Hang on Sloopy” and “The In Crowd,” three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis continues to perform in the U.S. and abroad with a wide variety of artists and musicians, performing polished setlists that showcase jazz and popular standards, including his own hits. The composer and pianist’s current tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of his hit albums “Hang on Ramsey” and “The In Crowd.”
George Bugatti's Piano Bar; A New Musical Series with Special Musical Guest Star John O'Hurley
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Television, film and theater actor John O’Hurley makes his debut at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz with his one-man show, “A Man With Standards.” Part of the new musical series “George Bugatti’s Piano Bar,” O’Hurley’s show offers a retrospective on the songs of The Great American Songbook, along with the musings from his eclectic life and career. Best known for his work with hit films and TV shows including “Seinfeld,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Family Feud,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and more, O’Hurley is also a veteran of the theater. He starred as Billy Flynn in Broadway’s “Chicago,” and has also taken the stage in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Brigadoon,” and “Pirates of Penzance.” A Billboard chart-topping piano composer, New York Times bestselling author, and vibrant screen personality, there is not much O’Hurley can’t do! Sponsored in part by Casa di Amore Restaurant, www.casadiamore.com.
Mary Wilson - Up Close & Personal
February 24-25, 2017 at 7:00 PM
"If Wilson’s command of stage and song surprises people, then they just haven’t really been listening for the past 30 years or so." - PopEntertainment.com Mary Wilson’s name is instantly recognizable as one of the three founders of The Supremes, known for classic pop tunes like “Reflections” and “I Hear a Symphony.” Her career has since included being a part of dozens of hit records, acting on stage and screen and recently performing shows at New York’s premier supper club, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. Often engaging with audience members during her shows, Wilson and her smoky voice wow listeners with a selection of audience-pleasing standards and easy-listening tunes, including the hits of The Supremes.
An Evening with Marilyn Maye Dedicated to the American Songbook
March 3-4, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“A sophisticated jazz singer and wise storyteller.” – New York Times Veteran cabaret performer Marilyn Maye electrifies the room when she steps on stage. Known for her hit recordings of “Cabaret” and “Step to the Rear,” her decades of acclaimed shows include performing twice at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Pops and selling out shows at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. With her powerhouse delivery and easy audience rapport, Maye revives many of the classic songs from her career for an evening of sharp wit and show-stopping melodies.
Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett – This Is Dedicated: Music’s Greatest Marriages
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm
“Original, dynamic, and warm.” – Broadwayworld.com Newly married Broadway veterans Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett celebrate marriage by bringing to life the greatest songs birthed from the greatest marriages. The couple explores themes of love, heartbreak and triumph in melodies tied to musical couples including Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Sonny and Cher, and Beyonce and Jay-Z. Who better to showcase these tunes than Spector and Barrett, who have starred in Broadway musicals such as “Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” and “Doctor Zhivago.”
Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin, Peter Sprague, Reginald Veal, Terreon Gully
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
“The most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.” - The New York Times One of the world’s top jazz vocalists today, Dianne Reeves has won five Grammys as a result of her unique vocal stylings. Her extensive career includes recording and performing with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as well as her music being featured in George Clooney’s film, “Good Night, and Good Luck.” She showcases her broad musical range by performing popular jazz standards alongside a variety of genres, sometimes including rock, funk and samba. Audiences will be left breathless by this diva’s talent.
John Pizzarelli Quartet
March 24-25, 2017
“The genial genius of the guitar.” – The Toronto Star World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has received widespread acclaim for his contemporary interpretations of the Great American Songbook and many popular standards. The Grammy-nominated musician has been a special guest on recordings for major artists, including James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Kristin Chenoweth. Backed by an exceptional jazz trio, Pizarelli delights audiences with his intricate guitar skills and playful stage presence.
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm
“One of the main contemporary purveyors of standards on the pop landscape.” – L.A. Times Grammy-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell has achieved incredible success throughout his four decades in the music business, with hits such as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “The Simple Life” earning him an international following. Tyrell has set the standard for interpreting the Great American Songbook, with all nine of his American Standards albums achieving top 10 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts. Still selling out shows, he continues to perform pop, swing and jazz tunes that highlight his polished performing style.