James Tormé

According to Jazz FM, “If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket”. With just a single visit to one of James’ shows it’s easy to see why the multi-award winning singer is quickly becoming one of the most talked about performers in the music world.

James (who is the son of 3-time Grammy Award Winning jazz legend Mel Tormé) is taking the Tormé brand soaring into the 21st Century – and causing a serious buzz in the process. Often appearing with outfits like the BBC Concert Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic and Les Paul Trio, the charismatic young star’s debut album has topped both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts.

Tormé is “the best male jazz singer to come along in 20 years” according to Sony Classics president Chuck Mitchell, the man who first discovered him. Having grown up spending time with a myriad of jazz legends (Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, George Shearing, Buddy Rich to name but a few), one begins to understand why.  Tormé himself attributes asmuch of his ability as a performer to the “process of osmosis” as he does to his own show-business background. Explains Tormé, “There’s no question, I absorbed a lot from my dad, and his peers.” That much is clear as soon as one hears his singing style, which draws from the “old school”, but with modern styling that makes it very current in today’s market.

James Tormé is being praised from all corners of the globe, from Billboard and CBS News, to BBC Radio 2 and The New York Post. Possessing the look, and swagger of a Hollywood star, he seems to know just how to handle all the attention he’s getting. It’s no mystery that Tormé who now frequently appears at the world’s top venues as well as being featured as the centerpiece of jazz festivals across the globe, has just sold out 3 consecutive tours. Says Tormé, “Each performance is important to me, whether it’s a huge auditorium or a small jazz club. I respect every audience – and if they’re going to spend an evening with me, I want it to bea night they’ll never forget.”