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Ken Slavin
Thursday, January 7, 2016 9:30 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • 2 Beverage Minimum
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  • Ticket Price: $25.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type: Jazz
  • Restrictions: 2 Beverage Minimum

“Cocktails With Ken: A Saloon Jazz Mixology” Serves Up Classic Saloon and Torch Songs with a Twist
“He doesn’t do Rat Pack. Slavin simply sings the Great American Songbook in a baritone timbre that resides somewhere between Chet Baker sweetness and Johnny Hartman’s husky silk. Ken Slavin is the most stylish, unwavering singer in town.” - Hector Saldana, “The Weekender,” San Antonio Express-News
The number-one classic male jazz singer in San Antonio (the home of the Alamo) will return to the Big Apple the first week of the New Year for his fourth headline appearance at the popular Metropolitan Room.
Ken Slavin’s new show, “Cocktails With Ken: A Saloon Jazz Mixology" is slated for Thursday, January 7, at 9:30 p.m. EST.   Doors open at 9 p.m. EST. Tickets are $25, $85 and $115 and are available online at Metropolitan or by calling 212-206-0440. There is a $5 discount for members of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) and members of Cabaret Hotline Online.  Special discount coupons will also be given to patrons attending Marilyn Maye’s sold-out Metropolitan Room performance at 7 p.m. the same evening.
Slavin will be accompanied by a classic New York City jazz trio: star pianist John Colianni, who was Mel Torme’s pianist for six years and has worked with such legends as Cleo Laine, Les Paul and Bucky Pizzarelli; guitarist Paul Bollenback, an internationally acclaimed solo artist who also tours with Joey DeFrancesco and has worked with such stars as Della Reese; and veteran bassist Frank Tate, who worked with Bobby Short for the last ten years of his legendary run at New York's Cafe Carlyle.  Music director for the show is pianist and composer Barry Brake, who produced Slavin’s last two CDs, including “Live at The Metropolitan Room."
Slavin's January 7 performance will feature an elegant and eclectic program of great saloon and torch songs - all served up with swingin’ jazz touches.  
“He brings to the Metropolitan Room a level of class and a classic approach to his performance and presentation that I have difficulty finding these days,” says Bernie Furshpan, managing partner of the Metropolitan Room.  “His choice of music and songs and his entire approach to a jazz cabaret production should be the envy of many an artist. I’m looking forward to his next performance and many more after that!" 
Though based in San Antonio, Slavin has made significant in-roads in New York after his Big Apple debut at the Metropolitan Room on Halloween Night 2013.  His latest CD, recorded on that special night and produced by Tony Award-winner Paul Boskind (co-producer of the revival of “The Normal Heart” in 2011), is heard on jazz radio stations coast to coast and has received excellent media reviews.  He also recently became a voting member of The Recording Academy, which produces the annual GRAMMY Awards. (LINK TO ALL CD TRACKS:
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In the past two years since his Metropolitan Room debut, Ken has enjoyed increasing popularity on New York area radio stations and on nationally syndicated radio programs with his newest CD, “You Gotta Have Heart: Ken Slavin Live at The Metropolitan Room in New York,” executive-produced by Tony Award-winning producer Paul Boskind of New York and San Antonio. Boskind won a 2011 Tony for “Best Revival of a Play” as one of the backers of the critically acclaimed “The Normal Heart” and his most recent production, “Mothers and Sons,” starring Tyne Daley, received Tony nominations for “Best Play” and “Best Actress.”
A native of the Tri-State area – he was born in New London, Connecticut, and spent his childhood years on Staten Island, in Newark and in Greenwich, Connecticut – Slavin has been performing in Texas for 25 years. A self-described “late bloomer,” he began his music career just before he turned 29.
Now 54, Slavin has racked up numerous awards and glowing reviews across the country and overseas. His CDs sell regularly in Japan, Europe and Latin America.  He also recently became a voting member of The Recording Academy, which produces the GRAMMY Awards.  
His CDs are programmed on many traditional and internet radio stations in the USA and Europe. His critically acclaimed “I'll Take Romance" has been spotlighted on U.S. radio programs from Alaska to New York and as far away as the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, New Zealand, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic and Mexico - and is currently programmed on the “Singers and Swing" channel of cable TV's Music Choice network, headquartered in New York City. It is also a Spotify, and Apple iTunes favorite.
His unique interpretations of jazz, pop, blues and Spanish language classics and his charismatic stage presence have made him the top male jazz vocalist in Texas - popular everywhere from the “country club set" and sophisticated nightspots to jazz festivals and college campuses. Slavin has opened for such jazz legends as The Four Freshmen, Eddie Palmieri, Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Sanborn and Chico Hamilton. He also has performed in concert with the internationally acclaimed Jim Cullum Jazz Band, legendary New York-based jazz pianist Johnny O’Neal and internationally acclaimed jazz drummer Gerry Gibbs, son of renowned jazz vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. He also has given private performances for Grammy Award winners Helen Reddy and Vikki Carr and recently opened for smooth jazz saxophone sensation Jeff Kashiwa of Seattle at the annual San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival.
In 2011, Slavin was invited to appear on BBC London's popular program, “Late Night with Joanne Good." That same year, after being discovered on You Tube by Diane Linden Thomas, producer of the internet radio program “A Visit With Connie Francis" (which streams every week on Baltimore Net Radio), Slavin was invited to guest-host four of the broadcasts.  It was a definite thrill for the crooner, who is a lifelong fan of Francis’ music.
In 2012, the San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival presented Slavin with the “Lifetime Achievement Award" for his musical contributions to the community - most notably for a six-year series of concerts and a special CD he produced to benefit the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
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Ken was recently profiled in Out in SA:
"Stunning . . . and his appearance matches his voice - it's quality . . . Wonderful! . . . the perfect punctuation point to an enjoyable evening." - JOANNE GOOD, BBC LONDON 94.9 FM (Ken was invited to appear on her radio program while on a promotional trip to London in 2011.)
“He doesn’t do Rat Pack. Slavin simply sings the Great American Songbook in a baritone timbre that resides somewhere between Chet Baker sweetness and Johnny Hartman’s husky silk. Ken Slavin is the most stylish, unwavering singer in town.” - Hector Saldana, “The Weekender,” San Antonio Express-News
“Whether one considers Ken Slavin to be a jazz singer or a cabaret performer (he fits into both areas), it is indisputable that he is well worth discovering." --SCOTT YANOW, LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE, NOTED JAZZ HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR (The Jazz Singers, Swing, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76, among many others.)
"Jazz and cabaret singer Ken Slavin has what it takes to make hearts melt: a deep baritone voice that fills the room and a sincere approach to lyrics that reach out tenderly with genuine passion. . . Slavin feels as comfortable with Brazilian romance as he does with Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Harold Arlen: honoring a timeless songbook that will never be forgotten.” – JIM SANTELLA, CADENCE MAGAZINE
“Slavin slays the crowd with his Bobby Darin tribute, ‘Mack the Knife.’” - TEXAS MONTHLY
"I heard Ken stop the room...literally one of the most difficult rooms to stop in New York City and perhaps the entire world. This crowd never asks for encores, but they asked for two from Ken that night. I'll never forget it.” – CLINT BROWNFIELD, THE NEW YORK POST and other major publications (After watching Ken sit in at a packed open-mic night at The Townhouse in Manhattan)
“I really like the way you sing, with feeling and emotion. . .” - REX REED, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
"Like a comedian careening through a familiar joke, Slavin has incredible control over the pacing and melodic intricacies of the best pages of the [Great American Songbook]. But, Slavin and company don’t stick exclusively to standards—towards the end of the evening, he and the trio bring out a great lounge rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Everyday I Have the Blues. . . Recorded on Halloween night ["You Gotta Have Heart"] features pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Phil Stewart—all NY players. . . Before his closing number “Mack the Knife,” Slavin gives a little personal history of his bond with the Kurt Weill tune. . Cool without sounding corny, Slavin burns up-tempo through the violence of [that song] far away from the San Antonio River Walk tourist crowd in time, space and recognition" - MATT STIEB, SAN ANTONIO CURRENT
"When it comes to crooning in the classic jazz/pop tradition, Ken Slavin has no peers." – SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
"Ken's 'I'll Take Romance' is simply stunning. . . I haven't heard "But Beautiful" done so well since Billie Holiday." - JIMMY R. SMITH, 'FRESH BEATS,' THIS WEEK IN TEXAS