Russ Lorenson Celebrates CD Release at Jazz at Pearl’s in San Francisco

Nov. 4, 2006 – Skip the Christmas caroling this year and spend a cozy winter’s evening with Russ Lorenson celebrating the release of his new holiday CD, What I Want For Christmas. With songs by such great composers and lyricists as Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, and Frank Loesser, there’s something for everyone in this wonderful holiday show. From the swinging “My Favorite Time Of Year” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” to the intimate and romantic “Christmas Waltz” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, to the plain old ragtime fun of “If I Hear Another Song About Christmas,” it’s pure magic listening to these classics, delivered with Lorenson’s fresh delivery.

“Christmas records are special keepsakes that come out once a year. The best ones transport me back to my days as a small boy, celebrating the holidays with my family in Pennsylvania,” said Lorenson. “As a singer, I have always wanted to create one of those ‘special keepsakes,’ something I hope will be treasured year after year.”

“What I Want For Christmas” is sold online at http://www.lmlmusic.com, as well as at retailers nationwide. For store listings and more information, visit http://www.russlorenson.com.

About Russ Lorenson
Russ Lorenson’s passion for Broadway, pop and jazz began as a youngster, with a performing career that began at age seven. After a 15-year break as an executive in high-tech, Lorenson made a triumphant return to his performing career, appearing as an actor with various San Francisco theatre companies, as a recording artist on the LML Music label, and as a concert and nightclub vocalist touring the US. With his band, Russ has quickly established a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading interpreters of jazz standards, with a sound and approach that place him at the intersection of Broadway, jazz, and pop – the very essence of the Great American Songbook.

Russ Lorenson is currently touring the U.S. with his show, Benedetto/Blessed: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Tony Bennett. Lorenson’s tribute to the man whom Frank Sinatra called “the best singer in the business” premiered in July 2006, when Russ opened for the legendary Eartha Kitt at the Austin (Texas) Cabaret Theatre. The show is currently enjoying sold-out runs across the country, including San Francisco’s Empire Plush Room, and New York’s famed Iridium Jazz Club. The show is musically directed by renowned jazz pianist Kelly Park and written by Lorenson.

Lorenson’s previous nightclub show, A Little Travelin’ Music, played to sold-out audiences on both coasts. His debut CD, of the same name, was released in May 2006 on the LML Music label and features songs from the show and includes duets with special guests Shawn Ryan and Klea Blackhurst.

For more information, visit http://www.russlorenson.com.

About LML Music
LML Music is an independent label dedicated to distributing the finest in Cabaret, Jazz and Broadway vocals. All of the artists on LML have produced their own recordings; some independently and others with the incredible support of their friends and fans. At LML, you will discover some of the most incredible and heartfelt voices you shall ever experience.

For more information, visit http://www.lmlmusic.com.

About Jazz at Pearl’s
Just as San Francisco was about to lose its only true jazz club, Jazz at Pearl’s was saved from the land of “remember when” by acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist Kim Nalley and former vaudevillian Steve Sheraton. Named as one of the world’s best jazz clubs by Condé Nast Traveler, the world’s leading jazz recording artists perform in a room intimate enough to be a lavish Hollywood classic movie living room. This art-filled nightclub is open seven nights a week, with an eclectic schedule of singers, soloists, and ensembles that attracts a mix of young hipster newcomers and jazz aficionados.

For more information, visit http://www.jazzatpearls.com.

Attention Reviewers:
Russ Lorenson is available for interviews, and review copies of the CD are available through RL Productions at (415) 674-3863. Please contact George Russell (george AT rl-productions.biz) to arrange.

Attention Photo Editors:
High-res images of Russ Lorenson can be downloaded at http://www.russlorenson.com/Press_Kit.htm.

Calendar Listing: Jazz/Music
WHAT: Russ Lorenson CD Release Event. Backed by the Kelly Park Jazz Quartet, Russ Lorenson will perform selections from his new holiday CD, “What I Want For Christmas.”

WHEN: Two shows on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 8:00pm AND 10:00pm

WHERE: Jazz at Pearl’s, 256 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 per person, plus two-drink minimum. Purchase online at http://www.jazzatpearls.com or by phone at (800) 838-3006.

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