Born: July 5, 1963
A terrific voice. Charisma to spare. A delightful raconteur. Impeccable musical taste and vocal phrasing. Unassuming nice guy. They all apply to Russ Lorenson, whose burnished tenor has thrilled audiences throughout the US and Europe.
Since his breakout club debut in 2005, Russ Lorenson has established a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading interpreters of jazz standards. As a singer, he is equally at home whether entertaining a concert hall audience or performing in the more intimate cabaret setting. With comparisons to Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, and Chet Baker, Lorenson has a voice one savors and remembers. It's no wonder he's called "San Francisco's Favorite Crooner."
In recognition of his solid and sophisticated musical vocabulary, Downbeat called him "A showman of taste and discretion [who] admires Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin without imitating them or adopting a Rat Pack smugness." The Los Angeles Times said that he brings “a supple voice and strong sense of characterization to all his songs." The San Diego Union-Tribune said that his “relaxed, easy deliveries...seem natural and heartfelt." The Coronado Journal simply called him “…irresistible…”
2007 MAC Award nominee
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October 29, 2015
Crooner Russ Lorenson’s “in The Holiday Spirit”, A New And...
November 01, 2013
Russ Lorenson Celebrates Eight Years Of Christmas In San Francisco
November 15, 2010
Russ Lorenson Celebrates Five Years of "Christmas in San Francisco" on...
June 30, 2010
Russ Lorenson Brings Tony Bennett Tribute to San Diego, 8/22
March 29, 2010
Russ Lorenson Set for Tony Bennett Tribute in San Francisco, 5/27-6/27
October 01, 2008
Jazz Vocalist Lorenson Debuts at Metropolitan Room with “Standard...
September 18, 2008
Jazz Vocalist Russ Lorenson Debuts at Rrazz Room
March 08, 2008
Russ Lorenson Returns to Austin with Tony Bennett's Best
October 05, 2007
Russ Lorenson Brings Tony Bennett's Best to the Wilson Center
June 25, 2007
Tony Bennett's 81st Birthday Celebrated by Russ Lorenson in San...
"A showman of taste and discretion [who] admires Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin without imitating them or adopting a Rat Pack smugness."
"There is nothing wrong with a little bit of Tony Bennett. Vocalist Russ Lorenson is proof that a little bit of Bennett can really do a lot...Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick, he is his own man. Lorenson’s baritone is almost like an instrument. It's richness, combined with his vocal phrasing is impeccable."
-Brenton Plourde, Jazz Review
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