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.
Michelle Johnson - Strictly Taboo
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Michelle Johnson presents her new production of “Strictly Taboo!” Enjoy the hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Etta James and more in this fast-paced musical revue featuring the music and fascinating, little known backstories of some of the world’s greatest female jazz artists. Scandals, love stories, triumphs, tragedies, gowns, gloves, feathers …. and all of that fabulous music! Featuring the Strictly Taboo Orchestra, a 17 Piece Big Band under the direction of arranger and conductor Joe Escriba, dancers and more. Starring Michelle Johnson with several special guest vocalists. Go back in time and be swept away! Musical Director/Conductor and Arranger Joe Escriba has worked with some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry, including Celine Dion, David Foster, Diana Ross, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Don Henley, Brian McKnight, Sheena Easton, The Ojay’s, Tower Of Power and too many more to mention. As a composer/arranger Joe’s music has found its way into countless showrooms and theaters around the world. Joe has written over 1000 musical arrangements for production shows, television, film, radio, celebrities, lounges, and education worldwide and is currently a musical director and arranger for the world famous Legends In Concert show at the Flamingo Hotel where you can see him nightly on the Las Vegas Strip. Guest artists for this show include these sensational talents: Elyse Branch, Genevieve Dew, Naomi Mauro, Mary Oliver, Kellie Wright, Avana Christie, a wonderful group of dancers, and more. For more information about the show and the cast bios, go to http://www.strictlytabooshow.com.
Ann Hampton Callaway - The Ella Century
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM
"Ann Hampton Callaway…superbly intelligent, singularly creative pop-jazz stylist who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Streisand, Ronstadt, Shirley Horn, and Dianne Reeves...” JazzTimes — returns with an exciting show kicking off Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial year. Callaway explores the breadth of Ella Fitzgerald’s repertoire in a show titled “The Ella Century” including fresh takes on classics such as, “How High the Moon,” “Mr. Paganini,” and “Every Time We Say Goodbye."
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“One of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation.” - The New York Times Singer, songwriter and master pianist, Peter Cincotti has performed his revolutionary blend of pop, rock, blues and jazz at the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and L’Olympia in Paris. Since his debut album reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts – making him the youngest artist to accomplish this at just 18 years old - he has collaborated with renowned artists such as Andrea Bocelli and David Guetta. Cincotti has even been featured in blockbuster films and TV shows, including “Spiderman 2,” as well as season 3 of Netflix smash “House of Cards,” in which he sings a duet with Kevin Spacey. His new album “Long Way From Home,” scheduled for release in 2017, is already celebrated to bring active rhythmic piano playing back into the landscape of modern music.
Melissa Manchester - The Platinum Standard
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM
“The reigning queen of power ballads.” – Theater Mania One of American pop music’s most enduring artists, Grammy winning singer Melissa Manchester has collaborated with musical legends such as Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick. Acclaimed for her unique style melding the classic American songbook with jazz, ballads and samba, she often sells out performances at leading venues such as New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below and The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills. She has also appeared in many hit films and TV shows, including starring as the title character’s mother in NBC’s “Blossom.” Beyond her performance work, Manchester has penned songs for major films made for Walt Disney Studios and independent studios. Manchester was the first artist ever to have two of her songs, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise,” nominated for Academy Awards in the same year, and to perform them both in the same Oscar telecast.
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM
“Crisply articulated instrumental pop.” — The New York Times Topping Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts, quartet Fourplay is a supergroup of celebrated jazz veterans. Its members Harvey Mason, Bob James, Chuck Loeb and Nathan East have each recorded for decades with renowned artists such as Barry White, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Together, the group has built a widespread following by melding its jazz foundation with genres such as pop and R&B. Enjoy an evening with this polished group exploring the limitless dimensions of jazz.
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.