There are so many fabulous Cole Porter songs that the ultra-smooth jazz performer Tom Culver regrets he can’t do them all for his upcoming gig at The Gardenia in Hollywood, May 30 and 31. “But I will be singing a collection of all-time favorites and a few hidden gems that music lovers will be happy to discover,” Culver promises. “I’ll be doing ‘Night and Day,’ ‘Too Darn Hot,’ ‘In the Still of the Night,’ ‘Let’s Misbehave,’ and a little Western number that has gotten popular again called ‘Don’t Fence Me In.’ And there are dynamite tunes of Porter’s that are not heard very often. I’m doing ‘Love of My Life,’ ‘Get Out of Town,’ ‘How’s Your Romance,’ and the sweet ‘It’s Alright With Me.’ Plus I have a very special arrangement of ‘What Is This Thing Called Love.’”
Tom Culver is best known on the jazz club circuit over the decades for his stylish vocals embracing the standards of the great American songbook. He makes the lyrics swing and sway in a way that would make the songwriters smile. Comfortable with jazz, pop, and Latin rhythms, Culver has several CDs to his credit with songs from the best in the music business, such as Johnny Mercer, and others.
Culver says “Cole Porter Uncorked!” is a great entertaining journey that will show off the cleverness of Porter’s classy and sassy lyrics. The show is directed by the legendary cabaret singer and musical theater star Marilyn Maye who is bringing out the best qualities in Tom Culver’s performance. It also features the Rick Hils Trio. It should be a “De-Lovely” show.
Tom Culver’s “Cole Porter Uncorked!” Friday, May 30 and Saturday May 31, at The Gardenia, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood. Cover, drink or dinner minimum. Call for reservations (323) 467-7444.