Tormé Sings Tormé

Legendary Crooner Mel Tormé's Son!

Tormé Sings Tormé

Sun · December 9, 2018

5:00 pm


"For Kids from One to Ninety-Two,” a program featuring a slew of favorite holiday classics, including "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a medley of "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride/Let it Snow" and of course "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting . . .)" written by Steve's dad, Mel Tormé. The show also includes selections from the Great American Songbook that Steve and his dad have both sung and a sprinkling of original songs, not to mention stories from Steve's life as a second generation performer to not only his famous father, but also his famous stepfather, TV host/actor Hal March (The $64,000 Question Show).

Steve March-Tormé
Steve March-Tormé
Steve March-Tormé was born in New York City to the multi-talented Mel Tormé and Candy Tockstein, a model/actress. They were divorced when Steve was two and a half years old. Shortly thereafter, Candy married the actor/comedian Hal March, who was the host of NBC-TV’s The $64,000 Question Show and subsequently starred in Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn on Broadway.

An avid baseball player and fan growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., Steve dreamed of playing for the Yankees. While listening to games on the radio in the basement of their home, he discovered his love for music almost by accident. Following every game, he’d switch to the Top 40 music stations and find himself singing along with such artists as The Four Seasons, Nat King Cole, The Temptations, Ricky Nelson and Gene Pitney. With his natural ear for harmonies, his favorites quickly became and remain The Beatles. By the age of 12, he knew that he wanted to be a performer and at 13, he earned his first paycheck, fronting his own band. After his family moved to Beverly Hills, he formed friendships with other second generation “show biz kids” like Desi Arnaz Jr., Dean Martin Jr., Miguel Ferrer, Carrie Fisher and Liza Minnelli while attending high school. During this time, he continued to develop as a musician and his influences grew to include Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan.

Following the early death of his stepfather, Steve rekindled his relationship with his father Mel, and soon realized they had a great deal in common besides a love for performing and various types of music. They also shared an avid interest in vintage planes, trains and automobiles.

In the late 1970’s, Steve recorded his first LP, Lucky, for United Artists Records, supporting it with a very well received 20 city, national concert tour. Upon returning to California, he produced and sang on Liza Minnelli’s Columbia Records release Tropical Nights, which became a favorite of the New York dance clubs.

Honing his craft as a performer, Steve worked as an actor, playing the male lead in a mini-series for RAI (Italian) Television, and appeared on a number of variety television shows back home. He spent three years as the featured vocalist on ABC-TV’s $100,000 Name That Tune and also hosted two Los Angeles based television shows, Video 22 (a precursor to MTV) and Box Office America.

On the recommendation of Quincy Jones, Steve was tapped to be one of three featured singers for the vocal group Full Swing, which had its debut release on Planet Records. After successful tours of the United States, Brazil and Japan, Steve left the group to focus on his solo career. The first project that came to fruition was his CD Swingin’ at the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, recorded in large part with a crackerjack, L.A.-based big band. One of the highlights is a live duet between Steve and his dad Mel on Straighten Up and Fly Right, which showcases a very cool, improvised “scat” lesson between student and pupil. That disc was followed up by The Night I Fell For You, featuring an alluring arrangement of the Lerner & Loewe classic On the Street Where You Live, and a number of Steve’s original tunes, many penned with his longtime collaborator/pianist and musical conductor Steve Rawlins. In reviews of both CDs, critics singled out a number of these new songs as “contemporary yet timeless, combining a wry sense of humor and a natural feel for romance, with classic melodies.” Those two releases were followed up by The Essence of Love, which contains some of the most romantic, well-crafted standards ever written, including Blue Skies, Stardust, Every Time We Say Goodbye and a playful duet with jazz icon Diane Schuur on The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else. His current jazz CD, So Far, combines the most popular material from his first three CDs into one “best of” recording.

Steve has wooed audiences in every venue from intimate jazz clubs to Performing Arts Centers to festivals worldwide (Australia, England, Japan, Canada, and Brazil to name a few). A natural interest exists in hearing Steve sing the songs his dad was known for and because of this, in 2007 he did a 28-city, cross-country tour for Columbia Artists Mgt. Inc. (CAMI) entitled Tormé Sings Tormé. Steve is proud to have had the opportunity to pay tribute to his father. The show featured a ten-piece band (dektette), extraordinary arrangements penned by Marty Paich exclusively for the Velvet Fog, and a backdrop of previously unreleased photos and video of behind-the-scenes professional and family life. A Hi-Def, 5.1 Surround Sound version of Tormé Sings Tormé was released on AIX Records. It won Best Music Dual Disc at the 2006 EMX DVD Awards Show in Los Angeles. Steve also performs a pared down version of this show in which he’s backed by a quartet.

From Broadway To The Beatles, From Mercer to Mel is one of his two symphony shows--an eclectic, exciting evening that includes music from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stevie Wonder, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, the Gershwins and The Beatles to name a few. The other is his “Holiday” symphony concert, which includes classics like “Winter Wonderland”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride” and of course his father’s timeless “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting . . .)”

Steve’s latest CD, “inside/out,” is a set of 12 brand new, original tunes written entirely by Steve and is the first CD he’s recorded on which he not only sings but plays keyboards and guitar. “Inside/out” was written and recorded more in the pop vein that Steve was weaned on as a teenager and young adult.

Steve's live shows feature some of the most enduring, well-crafted songs ever written, beautifully arranged to appeal to the most nostalgic listener and to thrill the most sophisticated. After a recent performance at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Jetsetters Magazine Editor Janice Marie Wilson wrote of Steve: “I had forgotten how wonderful falling in love was until last Friday night, when I attended the Steve March-Tormé performance at the Cabaret Jazz Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s worth coming to Las Vegas just to see him and his musical jazz band. Because you will surely fall in love. The stage lights grew brighter and with an unassuming gesture to the band ... the evening took off the ground never to land until after the last standing ovation.”
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432