By Dianne R. Davis
Steve March-Tormé Brings “Snap, Sizzle, Pop” to Smith Center September 27 and 28
Get ready to “Snap, Sizzle, and Pop” at the The Smith Center Cabaret Jazz Room at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday September 27 and 28, 2013. That's when entertainer Steve March-Tormé brings his own interpretation of ballads and uptempo songs from the Great American Songbook to the Smith Center's Cabaret Jazz Room. The charismatic performer will be backed by a great jazz quartet as he presents both old standards and a number of original tunes.
Steve's name bring questions to mind. Yes, he is the son of the multi-talented Mel Tormé. But don't overlook the March. That would be Hal March the man his mother married after her divorce from Torme. March, best remembered as the host of The $64,000 Question Show, raised Torme. In later years, after Hal passed away, Steve connected more closely with his birth father, Mel Tormé.
I had the opportunity to chat with this talented, personable 60 year old Wisconsin resident and was charmed by his guy next door quality blended with his savvy approach to his career.
This man has performed from Los Angeles to London in everything from intimate clubs to huge arenas. He can't get too far without performing some of his famous singer dad's songs, but he always tries to mix up the show with both standards and his newer original material.
I had a few questions for him and he was ready with the answers.
Dianne Davis: Your show at the Smith Center is called Snap, Sizzle, Pop. Please explain.
Steve March-Torme: I think enough people have delved into the Great American Song Book ad nauseum for the last 15 or 20 years. It was one thing when people that really were from that era were singing it. A lot of those great old tunes some of which I do sing in my show, but I try to rearrange them so that I give it a nice fresh approach so people can listen to something they've heard before and say, oh I haven't heard it done like that before. But without changing it so much that they don't recognize it.
I guess that's the finger snapping part of it. The sizzle part is the musicians I work with. I don't do a staid boring show. I think the guys I work with are pretty good hot jazz players.
And the pop part is the pop music that I bring to it, because I didn't grow up in my dad's era. I grew up in my era. I grew up not only listening to but in some respects emulating the pop musicians that I grew up listening to.
Dad up grew up in era of Benny Goodman, Harry James, Duke Ellington Count Basie. Those were his heroes. Mine growing up were the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren. I listened to pop music. There's a little of all of this in my show along with about a third of it will be original material. do a lot of writing.
DD: Do you bring your musicians with you?
SMT: Some of them do and some of them are from Vegas. And we know there is no lack of very good musicians in Vegas.
DD: Is it going to be all music? You are the son of Mel Torme. Will we hear some stories?
SMT: people especially today. I feel its incumbent upon me to entertain an audience. I don't want to be somebody who just says this song was written by so and so and sings it. I have plenty of vignettes and a little bit of questions and answers. I tell the audience they can ask me anything they like.
DD: What are you doing in Wisconsin?
SMT: You fall in love and you do it for love. People do insane things for love. I met my wife in Chicago. We lived in Santa Monica. We had our first child and had no yard. She said what do you think about moving to Wisconsin? I've got to get on an airplane anyway. It's worked out pretty well. I don't miss LA. I don't miss the traffic, the high prices, the attitude. I like it here.
DD: What was the best advice that Hal and Mel gave you?
SMT: The best advice that Hal gave me was that no matter what you want to be, just try to be the best you can at it. Have pride in what you do.
Best advice from Mel? Musically he did tell me, develop your lower range. He was right. It was very sage advice.
DD: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a singer?
SMT: Go to school and become a doctor. … The business of music has changed so radically. I would tell them what I have learned over the last years which is sing honestly and then you can't lose.
DD: Who were your idols?
SMT: When I was a little boy, it was the stars of the New York Yankees. Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Tony Kubek. And when I realized at about 13 that I wanted to make music my career, then it was the Beatles for sure, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. To this day, I listen to a lot of the songs they wrote. They are great pop writers.
I don't have a lot of idols. I admire a lot of people. Stevie Wonder James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell fall into that category The more I listened to older music, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole for sure. I loved my dad's singing. I thought he was extremely talented.
DD: Do you have a favorite charity?
SMT: Anything that has to do with animals. My wife and I give to an animal foundation in Wisconscin. We also support Leaven, an organization for people who have hardships. I give to the American Diabetes Association. I am more partial to helping animals.
DD: Who are some of the kids you grew up with?
SMT: Desi Arnaz Jr and his buddy Billy Hinsche, We were buddies. Eddie Fisher's daughter Carrie, Tony Martin's son Tony, Jr. We were acquaintances in High School.Tony Martin's son, Tony Jr. we were acquaintances in high school. I knew Liza. Became friends when we were in our 20's.
DD: Hal March was in the business. So who showed up at your house?
SMT: Comedians. Almost every weekend in our home it was Buddy Hackett, Jack Carter and Jan Murray, and Lucy and Milton Berle.
DD: How do you relax?
SMT: I play a lot of sports. I play USTA League tournaments. I relax by playing tennis and hanging with my family. I watch plenty of sports and I relax, that's therapeutic for me.
DD: What do you like about yourself?
SMT: I make people around me feel better. And make em laugh. My personality and ego have changed I hope for better over the last 20 years. I'm conscientious. I do my homework. And I'm a much more vulnerable and giving artist than I used to be. I was a pop singer before I was a jazz singer. I just enjoy seeing people enjoying the show.
DD: What would you change?
SMT: Acquire more patience. I am better than I used to be.... with my children, my daughters Ruby and Sunny.
DD: Back to the show, any song in particular we should be listening for?
SMT: There's a song I heard my dad sing in concert with George Shearing. I wanted to sing it the first time I heard it. The Folks Who Live on The Hill, a beautiful song.
It's clear that Steve March-Torme loves what he does. And I believe those attending will have a beautiful evening as they listen to him do what he does well. Check out Snap, Sizzle, Pop at the Smith Center on Friday or Saturday nights, September 27 or 28, 2013.
Emily ‘Sex With Emily’ Morse To Deliver Keynote at 2014 AVN Show
LAS VEGAS―AVN Media Network has announced that Emily Morse, sex expert and host of the top downloaded sex and relationship advice podcast Sex With Emily, will deliver the Keynote Address for the 2014 AVN Show.
The 2014 AVN Show takes place Jan. 15-18, 2014, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. The Keynote Address will take place Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
"I'm honored to be selected as the keynote speaker for the AVN Show in 2014,” Morse said. “The industry is moving in exciting directions, with greater acceptance of sex in mainstream culture. I look forward to sharing my experience growing a new media company over the past 10 years."
Morse will talk about her enthusiasm for the adult industry, and how she believes it’s a good time to be a part of the industry, in all aspects. As a brand and a business owner, Morse has personally overcome several obstacles, including a public that was not as open about sex and sexuality when she started her podcast.
As host of Sex With Emily, Morse has helped millions of people have the sex and relationships they want but could not figure out how to get. Emily has been voted the number one dating and sex expert by DatingAdvice.com and the number one dating and sex expert to follow on Twitter.
Morse launched the Sex with Emily radio show and podcast in 2005 before becoming a Bravo television personality on the reality TV show Miss Advised. She is dedicated to educating men and women about Kegel exercises (check out her iPhone App: Kegel Camp) and is the author of the popular book, Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight. Morse recently launched a new intimate care line, Emily & Tony, and is a weekly guest co-host on the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Emily earned her Doctor of Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and received her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan.
Prior to becoming a sex expert, Morse worked in politics as a campaign aide for California Senator Barbara Boxer and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. She also directed and produced the award-winning documentary See How They Run, which follows a notorious San Francisco mayoral race.
Morse has appeared as an expert on many television shows, including the Today Show, Dr. Drew HLN,The Doctors, Bravo TV, Inside Edition, E!, Style Network, Playboy Radio, Cosmo Radio and Candace Bushnell’s Show. She has also been featured in countless publications, including The New York Times,Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, Glamour, CNN,USA Today, iVillage, Fitness, Cosmopolitan magazine, Men’s Health and Women’s Health.
“Sex educators are helping to shape the future of the adult business for both novelty products and content providers,” said Janet Gibson, COO of AVN. “We are excited Emily can bring her expertise and positive outlook on the future of our industry to our attendees.” In addition to the special Keynote Address taking place Thursday, January 16, 2014, the AEE/ANE educational schedule will include a number of equally thought-provoking seminars featuring many of the industry’s most successful company owners and executives.
For more than 30 years, AVN Media Network has presented a global platform for the companies and stars that make up the adult entertainment industry to present their products to the public while also coming together to do business with one another. Intermingled with the pure business, hundreds of the world’s most accomplished adult stars provide an injection of sex and energy into the show that helps explain why the AVN Show is the most reported on event in adult entertainment industry history. There simply is nothing like it.
For 2014, all of the same education, networking and entertainment elements that went into making AEE 2013 such a successful and memorable series of event will remain in play, but the show organizers have also planned some very special additions to the schedule that are designed to add lasting value. Once again, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will become ground central for this annual gathering of industry leaders, outstanding talent and the fans who adore them.
The individual events are schedule as follows:
AEE: January 15 - 18, 2014
AEE Fan Fest: January 16 -18, 2014
AVN Novelty Expo: January 15 - 17, 2014
O Awards: January 15, 2014
AVN Awards Show: January 18, 2014
For Trade, badges are now on sale at early bird pricing and may be purchased here. Please note that the more expensive badge includes all the official parties.
Expo Plus Badge: $120
* All AEE & ANE exhibits
* Keynote Presentation
All Access Pass: $200
* All AEE & ANE exhibits
* Keynote Presentation
* All official parties
Rooms at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas can also be booked now. Attendees can acquire rooms for the following rates by reserving them at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10610446.
* Weekday Rates (Sunday - Thursday) from $89/ night
* Weekend Rates (Friday - Saturday) from $199/night
For more information, visit AVNShow.com