JIM VAN SLYKE
Hailed ?One of the most beautiful voices in cabaret? Jim Van Slyke has headlined celebrated appearances on concert stages around the globe. The critically acclaimed success of Jim?s latest showcase, The Sedaka Show, has taken him to a new plateau in his career and now returns to Feinstein?s for two nights after making his West Coast Debut at San Francisco?s Rrazz Room and Los Angeles? Catalina?s. Neil Sedaka himself joined Jim on stage for a duet in both cities in California and it is a thrill to announce that Neil will join Jim at Feinstein?s for the same!
After seeing the show himself, Neil Sedaka gushed, ?I had the great pleasure of seeing Jim Van Slyke perform a revue of my songs. It blew me away! The voice, the stage presence, the thought and preparation that went into the cabaret were all superb. I?ve seen many singers over the years do my songs, but I think Jim has the potential of becoming an important artist. His performance exceeded my expectations...?
Ranking with Neil Sedaka?s personal endorsement, other career highlights for Jim include his solo performance at The White House and being a featured entertainer for President Clinton's 1997 Inaugural Ball.
Jim has toured throughout the United States and Europe and is always received enthusiastically whether he is performing with just a trio, at the piano or in front of a full orchestra. Singing the Great American Songbook favorites Jim has fronted several magnificent big bands including extensive tours with an official USO show. He has been presented at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage as a featured artist and has performed with The Washington National Opera under the artistic direction of Placido Domingo. In addition Jim made his Solo European Concert Debut with one of Germany?s premier National Symphony Orchestras singing an evening of Opera Arias and classic American Musical Theatre standards.
In 2006 Jim received a prestigious ASCAP Songwriters' Award for the self penned title track of his stunning debut album, ?Open Road?. Jim?s critically acclaimed album (on the LML Music Label) was named to the Official 2006 Grammy Award Ballot for Best Pop Vocal Album alongside such artists as Billy Joel, Audra McDonald, Justin Timberlake and John Mayer.
In addition to his performing credits Jim is a nationally recognized vocal coach with voice studios in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, New York City and as Professor has taught on the voice faculties of Ithaca College and Catholic University. Student credits include leading roles on Broadway and National Tours, The Metropolitan Opera, The Washington Opera and even the Radio City Rockettes. In addition to his voice studios Jim is in high demand as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor.
To read more about Jim, listen to sound clips, watch video, purchase his album and more please visit www.jimvanslyke.com