Dynamic Jazz Vocalist and recent arrival in Cleveland back by Popular Demand with his Quartet! Dane Vannatter-vocals, Max Leake-piano, James Moore-trumpet, Brent Hamker-guitar, Demetrius Steinmetz-bass, & Ricky Exton-drums.
Dane Vannatter has received Bistro awards for Outstanding Vocalist and for his second recording Flight by the critics of BackStage in New York. Dane has been acclaimed by reviewers at The New York Post, The Boston Globe, and BackStage for a style that “blends facets of cabaret and jazz with intelligence and care.” The Boston Globe remarks “Dane Vannatter’s distinctive style leaves an imprint on whatever music he sings. His voice has a floating quality that gets in your head and won’t leave….his music is a swinging, soaring adventure!” He has been nominated for 4 MAC awards and is a Nightlife Award finalist. Dane has performed for several years at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention in New York.
In Pittsburgh, Dane has performed for First Fridays at the Frick, and sings regularly at Fairmont Hotel’s Jazz at Andy’s and James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy. On July 31, 2015 Dane was called to the stage by Patti LaBelle during her concert in Columbus, Ohio. After hearing Dane sing and inviting him to duet on her classic “Lady Marmalade” Patti exclaimed “You better sing, fool. My God!.” Dane released his 4th CD Give Me Something Real in 2016 to much critical acclaim Visit Website Watch Video
Give Me Something Real – Dane Vannatter: Some warblers who concentrated on cabaret rooms have shifted their attention to jazz rooms. They’ve done so from expedience. At a time when the number of cabaret rooms around the country has been shrinking, they’ve had to make the lateral move in order to nail bookings. Whether that’s Vannatter’s tactic may or may not be, but as someone who’s always been among the best of the cabaret crooners, he’s made the transition smoothly. As evidenced here, he’s loosened up the sort of standards to which he’s always leaned while fronting several adroit musicians. Some of the songs are jazz-ready, and some may not sound as if they would be. The Hammerstein-Sigmund Romberg “Lover Come Back to Me” is one of the latter, whereas Billy Strayhorn’s “Something to Live For” is one of the former. Both come off beautifully in Vannatter’s hands and issuing from his smooth pipes. Perhaps the inspired track is a medley (mash-up is a more appropriate description) of Coldplay’s “Fix Me” with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Perhaps the jolliest track is his take on Bob Haymes’s “I Love My Bed.”
Despite ongoing critical acclaim, it has been about 15 years since vocalist DANE VANNATTER last released a new recording. In the interim, he has stayed busy, originally in the Boston area, and currently in Pittsburgh, with occasional forays to New York City. Now he has released Give Me Something Real (Self-Produced), an album that contains ten selections, six standards, “Lover Come Back to Me,” “Just Squeeze Me,” “But Beautiful,” “Blame It on My Youth,” “East of the Sun” and “Something to Live For,” with a medley pairing more contemporary material, Coldplay’s “Fix You,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah;” an Al Green’s soul hit, “Let’s Stay Together;” “Give Me Something Real” a song written for the 1998 film Living Out Loud; and a Bob Haymes rarity, the whimsical “I Love My Bed,” showing that Vannatter is comfortable and effective when he strays from the world of standards. The program was recorded in two 2015 sessions, one in Massachusetts with pianist Fred Boyle, bassist Ron Ormsby, drummer Bart Weisman, trumpeter Steve Ahern, and saxophonist/flautist Bruce Abbot, and the other in Pittsburgh with Daniel May on keyboards, Eric Susoeff on guitar and Jon Evans on bass. Vannatter is a vocalist who gives his full attention to the lyrics that he sings, and he performs them with a smooth and flexible voice that is instantly appealing. It is good to have a new recording from Vannatter who is best described as a cabaret singer with a jazz/swing sensibility.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is now accepting reservations for the annual Fallingwater Twilight Tour and Picnic Dinner. The event will be held on Saturday, August 27 at the world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright house near Mill Run, Pa.
The Twilight Tour provides guests a unique opportunity to experience Fallingwater as the sun sets over the ridges of the Laurel Highlands. Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres on the bridge outside the house and a leisurely, self-guided tour of the house. At twilight, a lantern-lit path will lead guests to a meadow, where they will enjoy live jazz featuring Dane Vannatter (vocals), Max Leake (piano), Tony DePaolis (bass), Thomas Wendt (drums), Mike Tomaro (sax) and Marty Ashby (guitar) while dining on a gourmet picnic dinner prepared by Fallingwater’s chef.
The Twilight Tour begins at 6:30 p.m. and the picnic and jazz performance starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available by advance purchase only and are tax-deductible. Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Friends of Fallingwater members must make reservations via phone.
Proceeds from the event support the ongoing preservation of Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most acclaimed works and “One of 12 landmarks that will change the way you see the world,” according to Travel + Leisure magazine.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Fallingwater at 724-329-8501 or by visiting https://tickets.fallingwater.org.