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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM
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.
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.
Dru Young starring in The Stage Biographies of Sam Cooke & Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Dru Young gives an unforgettable performance in the stage biographies of Sam Cooke and Sammy Davis Jr., recreating all of their biggest numbers including "You Send Me", "Cupid", "Twisting the Night Away", "Birth of the Blues", "I Gotta be Me" and "The Candy Man". See rare photos and film clips with surprising stories. Proceeds benefit the Musical Arts Scholarship Program.
The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas
Wednesday, 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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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 & Saturday, March 11, 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.”
The Lon Bronson Band
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 9:30 PM
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Rocking Sin City for nearly 30 years, Emmy nominated Lon Bronson and his 14-piece funk, rock and soul band are delivering fans a special St. Patrick’s Day show. While the lineup won’t include Irish or Celtic tunes, audience members can still ring in the holiday to classic horn-band hits with special guest stars. Featuring an all-star ensemble of Vegas’ most accomplished musicians, the Lon Bronson Band has earned widespread acclaim and performed with world-class artists such as Huey Lewis and The Temptations.
Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin, Peter Sprague, Reginald Veal, Terreon Gully
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 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.
The Real La La Land with Two Jersey Boys - Graham Fenton with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Graham Fenton (star of Jersey Boys) & Dave Damiani (Sinatra 100, CBS Vegas) debut a new show ‘The Real La La Land.’ THE REAL LA LA LAND is a musical revue from the perspective from former jazz club bartender and singing waiter Dave Damiani. Dave and Graham met over 10 years ago at the famed Miceli's Restaurant in Hollywood as singing waiters pursuing their dream. Like Ryan Gosling's character in the film, Dave Damiani and his group of young talented jazz musicians are in pursuit of bringing back the class, style and swagger of places like the 500 Club, The Copacabana, Copa Lounge and The Cocoanut Grove. With stories of actual successes and failures working for such musicians as Michael Buble', Justin Timberlake, The Jersey Boys, Steve Tyrell and many more... This show will warm your heart with the true experience of being a working musician and singer in the jazz community in Los Angeles. We will feature Bijon Watson (trumpet player from the film LA LA Land), Alex Frank (from the film Jersey Boys), and impresario singer and producer Dave Damiani (responsible for bringing the 500 Club back to Atlantic City). This young big band has performed all over the world and will tell their tales of being a "working" musician or a "sideman" for other artists in their pursuit of success. They will perform songs from great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Mercer, The Beatles and many more!
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.
Daniel Emmet and Philip Fortenberry ”In Concert”
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Back by popular demand, an encore performance of “In Concert” featuring the incredible collaboration of vocalist Daniel Emmet and pianist Philip Fortenberry in the Cabaret Jazz Showroom. 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. Under the direction of Keith Thompson, this powerful artistic team presents a musical feast for the ears. The charismatic duo makes exciting, beautiful music that will lift you up and touch your heart while offering a rich collaboration of powerful dynamic vocals and masterful piano playing, two amazing artists together, ”In Concert.”
Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1, 2017
Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire at age 18, with the release of her debut CD “Far Away Heaven” in 2002. Her pure, clear voice makes her a natural performer of leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto). She is now recognized as one of Hawaii’s premier female vocalists and a keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition of the early to mid-20th century. Accompanying herself on ukulele, Raiatea interprets traditional Hawaiian songs with the mastery and control of a jazz vocalist and has been heralded as the successor to such Hawaiian music greats as Aunty Genoa Keawe. She has earned six Na Hoku Awards — Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards — including Female Vocalist of the Year and Favorite Entertainer. She has made Hawaiian history by becoming Hawaii’s first-ever solo female vocalist to be nominated for a Grammy. Helm is joined on stage by leading Hawaiian musicians, including: slack key guitarist Sonny Lim, who has performed on several Grammy winning Hawaiian music CDs; ukulele player Bryan Tolentino, whose eclectic stylings have been featured in dozens of recordings; as well as bassist and veteran recording artist Wailau Ryder.
Conversations with Norm with special guest Carrot Top
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 PM
“Conversations with Norm” is a quarterly interview presentation hosted by longtime Review-Journal man-about-town columnist Norm Clarke, who covered the celebrity scene until his recent retirement. His April 2nd guest will be the award-winning "Entertainer of the Year!" and local, Carrot Top.
Proceeds will benefit the education and outreach programs at The Smith Center.
Friday, April 7 & Saturday, April 8, 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.
Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Ace players.” – Rolling Stone Experience Billy Bob Thornton’s talents beyond the screen! The actor’s chart-topping American roots-rock band has entertained audiences nationwide, including opening for Willie Nelson. Also featuring Grammy winner J.D. Andrew and Teddy Andreadis — who has performed with artists such as Guns N’ Roses and Carole King — the band is hailed for its eclectic style influenced by pop, country, British mod and Southern American music. Don’t miss this group’s rich sound performing a mix of original songs and covers of pop, rock and country hits.
Steve March-Torme Touchstones: Legacy of Song
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Strong and true vocal chops.” – People Magazine Steve March-Tormé delivers a fresh, dynamic take on enduring songs from multiple eras. The son of Mel Tormé, Steve has developed his own captivating style that is on full display throughout a thrilling evening of music by Ray Charles, Cole Porter, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Mel Tormé and many more. Backed by his crackerjack quartet, Steve has electrified audiences in intimate jazz clubs and performing arts centers worldwide.
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00p.m.
“An effortlessly engaging, deeply expressive vocalist and an insightful, charismatic and disarmingly witty songwriter.” —Ventura County StarNoted for her performances with Grammy® winners Snarky Puppy and Pink Martini, Lucy Woodward is a singer-songwriter who effortlessly crosses genres, blending elements of blues, vintage jazz, swing and Latin rhythms into songs that have earned her numerous awards and critical acclaim. In her live performances she brings a “sultry intensity” and a “scorching sensuality” to the stage, leading one reviewer to describe a Lucy Woodward show as a “jawdropping listening experience.” For her return to The Smith Center's intimate, 240-seat Cabaret Jazz club, she will be singing material from her new album, released Summer 2016 on GroundUP/Universal.
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Bruce Harper Big Band with Elisa Fiorillo: Give Me The Simple Life!
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 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.
David Perrico - Pop Strings Orchestra & Pop Evolution Big Band Latin-Salsa Concert
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Graceful, grounded and unmistakably cool.” – NPR Acclaimed singer/songwriter Lizz Wright, praised by The New York Times for her earthy alto voice, offers an engaging evening of original songs and popular covers blending a variety of styles. With strong roots in jazz and gospel, her albums have topped Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts and garnered rave reviews. Her latest single “Lean In” landed on President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Critically acclaimed entertainer Erich Bergen returns to the Cabaret Jazz stage after his sold-out run last year with a brand-new show! Best known as Blake Moran on the CBS hit Madam Secretary, and to local audiences as Bob Gaudio in the original Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys (a role he reprised in Clint Eastwood’s film version). Filled with songs from the Great American Songbook all the way through today's top hits, Erich and his band will have you laughing, crying and singing along for the entire show.
Christian McBride and Tip City
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Forceful and kinetic.” – The New York Times Four-time Grammy winner Christian McBride has remained a prolific figure in jazz for 20 years as an acclaimed bassist, composer and educator. One of the most recorded musicians of his generation, he has played with and arranged for top artists such as Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting and Carly Simon. Performing on his bass with a pianist and guitarist, he promises an evening of lively jazz standards alongside his original compositions.
Betsy Wolfe & Adam Kantor
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years. Las Vegas audiences got to see them reprise their roles in 2014’s Nevada Conservatory Theater/Dr. Keith Boman production. As The Smith Center looks back on the last five years, we are thrilled to welcome Betsy and Adam back to Las Vegas. In addition to their numerous Broadway credits, Betsy was most recently seen in Falsettos, while Adam appeared in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. Together, they will sing and share their favorite Broadway tunes and stories in a cabaret show that is sure to please.
Chris Mann: A Night With The Phantom
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“A bona fide breakout star!” – Yahoo! Music Hailed by critics as "the best Phantom since Michael Crawford," Mann starred in 700 performances of Cameron Mackintosh's smash new production of "The Phantom of the Opera." Mann now invites audiences to spend "a night with the Phantom" to celebrate Broadway's greatest hits. After making it as a finalist on “The Voice,” his albums have topped the Billboard Charts. Mann also headlined his own symphony tour across the U.S. sharing his golden voice and hilarious stage stories.
Soul Men starring Spectrum
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Spectrum, Las Vegas’ own award-winning soul and R&B quartet returns to Cabaret Jazz. The group boasts four incredible singers, who combine their voices and dexterity to create the angelic harmonies and deft choreography that has become their trademark. They were voted Best of Las Vegas in 2005 and 2006, received the Las Vegas Living Legends Award in 2009 and were awarded a star on Las Vegas’ Walk of Stars in 2012. The look, class, style, choreography, harmonies and costuming are captured as only Spectrum can. Internationally acclaimed, they will leave you wanting more with stirring renditions of classic hits by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Marvelettes, Vandellas, The Miracles, The Stylistics, Donna Summer and more.
George Bugatti's Piano Bar with Special Musical Guest Star Antonia Bennett
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00 PM
Antonia has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with Legendary American icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Don Rickles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Gene Kelly. For The past 10 years she has what she considers the distinct honor of opening for her father all over the world. She continues developing her craft while performing in a myriad of venues from jazz clubs and casinos to prominent venues; Radio City Music Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Newport Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall and many others. Her latest release is dedicated to the great American songbook and is performed in an intimate classic trio format. Enjoy the vocal prowess of this unique singer of great distinction who endeavors to cultivate new musical horizons. George Bugatti’s Piano Bar is a new series presented in Cabaret Jazz. The Host, Las Vegas long time resident George Bugatti opens each show with songs and experiences of his early days performing in New York and Los Angeles piano bars and will present celebrity guest artists he met while performing there.
G’Day Las Vegas Starring Greg Bonham with special guest Ryan Ahern
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Aussie Powerhouse entertainer Greg Bonham, with his rich voice and sizzling trumpet, returns to Cabaret Jazz. Before the USA came calling, this “boy from the farm” made numerous television appearances in his native Australia, scored his own television special in the UK and sold over 14 million records in Russia. Headlining across America, Greg is excited to return to the Smith Center. He storms the stage with music from Maynard Ferguson to U2, his show-stopping originals, plus classics, including “Hallelujah.” Greg’s special guest, award winning pianist entertainer, Ryan Ahern is beyond compare. His exciting performance includes the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Boogie-Woogie, Queen and Ray Charles. Backed by Greg’s superstar band, this "feel good" concert will steal your heart and take you for the ride of your life.
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Her voice is impressive in its size, range and brightness.” – The New York Times One of contemporary jazz's leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. With a distinguished recording career spanning three decades, the two-time Grammy winner explores every corner of the classic American songbook with her talented quartet. Though blind from birth, she is gifted with perfect pitch and is known for her pure, resonant voice and humorous engagement with audiences during every show.