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.
“Songs, Music & Memories” featuring Everlita Rivera-David and Relly Coloma
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00p.m. & Sunday, October 30, 2016, 4:00p.m.
A duo of world-class performers who started their international music careers in the Philippines as concert, TV and recording artists will be featured at The Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz. Acclaimed Filipino-American soprano Everlita Rivera-David and multi-awarded Yamaha keyboard champion and renowned instrumental recording artist Relly Coloma, assisted by the talented pianist-composer-arranger Larry Walker, will perform beautiful classical and modern arrangements of top hits, movie themes, Broadway, opera, Filipino ballads and gospel songs for an exciting evening of “Songs, Music & Memories”!
Cabaret Jazz Sponsored by
October 28-29, 2016, 7:00p.m.
Tony and Golden Globe nominee Lainie Kazan is the embodiment of the word entertainer. Her acclaimed cabaret show, for which the New York Times labeled her "THE Torch Song Diva," takes audiences on a journey through her nearly five decades-long career, from her start as Barbra Streisand's understudy in Broadway's "Funny Girl" to appearing on "The Dean Martin Show" a record 26 times. Her most recent work can be seen in theatres currently, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” reprising her beloved role as Maria Portokalos. Along the way, Kazan pays homage to her idols Judy Garland, Ethel Merman and Sophie Tucker in a show the Los Angeles Times called "Entrancing."
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 10:30p.m.
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.
Cabaret Jazz Sponsored by
Rumer Willis: Over the Love Tour
November 4-5, 2016, 7:00p.m.
While she might boast famous parents, Rumer Willis has built her own impressive career with her powerhouse vocals. After playing the lead role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of “Chicago,” she recently starred in the film adaptation of musical “Hello Again,” followed by her solo cabaret debut at the famed Café Carlyle. Her performance garnered glowing reviews, with the New York Times hailing that “Rumer Willis poignantly makes the lyrics her own.” Now expanding her nightclub performing to Cabaret Jazz, she will bring her own style and interpretation to a collection of popular contemporary adult hits and classic jazz pieces.
Conversations with Norm with special guests Greg Maddux and Jack Sheehan
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:00p.m.
“Conversations with Norm” is a quarterly interview presentation hosted by Clarke, former Review-Journal man-about-town columnist and long-time sportswriter.In a departure from his usual show business interviews, Norm will be featuring one of our city’s biggest sports stars, Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and his close friend, prominent Las Vegas-based author Jack Sheehan. Maddux, a Valley High graduate, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 after a 23-year career that saw him win 355 games. That ranks eighth on the all-time winningest pitchers list. He won four consecutive Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Glove Awards. Sheehan wrote Maddux’s profile for the Hall of Fame book and collaborated on his Hall of Fame speech. Sheehan has published 25 books.
The event will be announced by Greg Bennett of KTNV, Channel 13.
Proceeds will benefit the education and outreach programs at The Smith Center.
November 11-12, 2016, 7:00p.m.
SASS! BRASS! VIM! VERVE! GIN-AND-TONIC! MOXIE! NERVE! When Ana Gasteyer steps up to the mic, she evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for good time. The patter is real, the themes adult; the lyrics are timeless, and the music swings like crazy! From songs like “One Mint Julep” and “Proper Cup of Coffee” to a surprisingly smooth rendition of Carrie Underwood's “Before He Cheats,” Gasteyer's saucy selections tell stories with humor, heartbreak...and just a little splash of soda. Her vibe recalls that of a time when entertainers truly entertained, an era when a broad could bring home the bacon, swing a set of sultry standards and still be a gracious hostess. Ana's heroes are those fun-loving dames who downed a cocktail, donned a dress and fronted a band of dapper gents in sharp suits wielding shiny horns -- think Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire as she captures Gary Cooper's heart. And then breaks it. A violin player from the tender age of five, Gasteyer always had an ear for music and a knack for timing. Years later, after a formal education as a classically-trained singer, she made the fateful discovery that she could get people laughing -- and laugh they did every Saturday night at NBC's Studio 8H. Audiences fell in love with Gasteyer's flair for irony and character driven comedy on six seasons of SNL, where she unabashedly played, and often sang, at full-tilt. Eventually, Broadway came calling and Gasteyer spent several years belting out superstar vocals in shows like Wicked and Rocky Horror. But she felt most at home crooning and chirping with a big band in a nightclub, amidst laughter and the inviting clink of ice in a glass. Her acclaimed shows, Let it Rip andElegant Songs from a Handsome Woman, earned praise from audiences and critics alike who hailed the acts as "exuberant and rollicking entertainment" with "high-octane vocals" and "a topnotch swingin' ensemble." Ana Gasteyer has teamed with producer and "New York Nightclub Supernova" Julian Fleisher to record her current release I’m Hip, a Moxie Jazz album with an eclectic range of covers and reimagined classics.
"The Great American Soul Book" The Lon Bronson Band with Special Guest Star Larry Braggs
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The Lon Bronson Band joins forces with former Tower Of Power Lead vocalist, and current Temptation (The Temptations), Mr. Larry Braggs, for an evening of classic 60's & 70's Soul. The music of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and naturally TOP and The Temptations will be ceremoniously recreated by Vegas' favorite eclectic horn infused 14 piece Lon Bronson All-Star Band. Universally hailed as one of the world’s leading Soul Singers in his own right, Larry returns to Cab Jazz after garnering rave reviews from his last Smith Center appearance. Larry is best known for his 11 year reign as Tower of Power's lead vocalist and front man, a rare talent not to be missed.
Bre Lawrence Stars in the Stage Biography of Diana Ross
Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Bre Lawrence stars in the stage biography of the legendary Diana Ross. Bre brilliantly recreates more than a dozen of Ross's #1 Motown hits including "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "You Can't Hurry Love". Narrated by Frank LaSpina, and featuring rare photos and film clips, you'll hear surprising stories about this entertainment icon. Performance benefits the Musical Arts Scholarship Program. <div class="video-container"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nkeMU3olhxE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
Daniel Emmet and Philip Fortenberry ”In Concert”
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Vocalist Daniel Emmet and pianist Philip Fortenberry perform ”In Concert” at the Cabaret Jazz. Under the direction of Keith Thompson this powerful artistic team presents a musical feast for the ears. Renowned critically-acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry and emerging star vocalist Daniel Emmet raise the bar as they perform across genres from classical to Broadway and pop. This charismatic duo makes exciting, beautiful music that will lift you up and touch your heart while they offer a rich collaboration of powerful dynamic vocals and masterful piano playing, two amazing artists together, ”In Concert.”
Monday, October 24, 2016, 8:00p.m.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8:00p.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 8:00p.m.
Twice named Las Vegas Headliner of the Year, Frankie Moreno has been wowing audiences from coast to coast with his mix of rat pack glamour, original and classic hits and vintage funk-infused sounds. A piano prodigy and multi-instrumentalist, Moreno has performed with many greats, including award-winning classical violinist Joshua Bell, and in venues from European clubs to Carnegie Hall. Now, Moreno takes his sound more intimate and unbound with this special performance at Cabaret Jazz.
Jim Brickman Pure Piano: The Greatest Hits
November 18-19, 2016, 7:00p.m.
Jim Brickman, award-winning songwriter and pianist presents his most entertaining and romantic concert of the year, Jim Brickman Pure Piano: The Greatest Hits. Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music that touches the heart. Brickman leads the audience on a personal escape with stirring solo piano and vocal collaborations including hits like “Angel Eyes,” “Valentine,” “If You Believe” and “Love of My Life”. Jim Brickman in Concert strikes the perfect balance of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and a personal connection with every seat filled.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
November 25-26, 2016, 7:00p.m.
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner recently won the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz. Signing with the Universal Music Group as a producer (Bridgewater produces all of her CDs), Bridgewater released a series of critically-acclaimed titles beginning with Keeping Tradition in 1993. All but one, including her wildly successful double Grammy Award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella - have received Grammy nominations. Bridgewater also pursued a parallel career in musical theater, winning a Tony Award for her role as “Glinda” in The Wiz in 1975. Her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen, Cabaret and the West End Production of Lady Day, for which Bridgewater received the British Laurence Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bridgewater continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger. She also hosts NPR’s award-winning weekly syndicated show, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater (WBGO), which celebrated over 20 years on air.
Hymns of Hawai'i
December 2-3, 2016, 7:00p.m.
Three award-winning Hawaiian Music Masters--and ordained kahu (ministers)-- share their deep love of Hawaiian hymn traditions for the holidays. Four-time Grammy-winner and master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr, National Heritage Fellow Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i, renowned for ‘ukulele and leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto), and multi-award-winning slack key guitarist Kawika Kahiapo mix Hawaiian music favorites with hymns that are distinctly Hawaiian with roots in church songs audiences will recognize. Many himeni hark back to an earlier era, learned in childhood singing with parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins.
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 & 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!
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!
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
Tuesday, 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, 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.
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.”
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.