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From: FL, United States

Genre:
Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Pop

LOU VILLANO


I'll Take Romance was recently reviewed (11.28.15) by Dick Robinson of Legends Radio 100.3FM Lou received great accolades about his arrangements & vocal style. More of this interview can be heard on www.louvillano.com. With a steely resolve and a commonly unmatched knack for showmanship, Brooklyn’s own Lou Villano is celebrating nearly 40 years in the industry with the release of his first album, Dreams Do Come True. A veteran of nightclubs and theaters throughout the East Coast and beyond, this big band jazz behemoth has made a name for himself over the decades by putting his own personal touch on some of the true musical classics. With a stage presence that would have had Old Blue Eyes himself raising an eyebrow, this is one veteran performer who is still on the rise.


The release of Villano’s first full length album is a culmination of years of extraordinary singing talent, as well as an ear for recreating some of most important big band and jazz hits of the 50s and 60s. Packed with 11 tracks of swinging, swanky music and led by his unmistakably talented voice, iconic songs such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and “Dream Lover” come back to life in ways listeners never thought possible, resonating long after the melody fades. The record also contains a bright and exciting new original song, “Still in Love,” which is sandwiched smack in the middle of the album.


Critics and fans have already perked their ears and eyes up at The Entertainer’s latest musical feat, showering him in accolades during recent articles.


“Villano's aching croon on "My Romance" melts the heart with the kind of seductive command that the classic blue-eyed soul singers did so effortlessly. Michael Bublé may get all the hype; however, Villano has years of experience behind his soulful voice, and the emotions that he conveys has substantially more depth. In other words, there is true substance here,” said a recent review in JazzCorner.


Villano pays homage to his influences night in and night out, piecing together thrilling set lists containing spiced up songs from Sammy Davis, Tom Jones, Michael Legrand, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and many more. Through tribute and innovation, he continues to draw a crowd throughout the New York area where he cut his teeth and the sunny Florida backdrop where he currently resides. Akin to other singers such as Harry Connick, Bobby Darin, Paul Anka and Clint Holmes, his imprint throughout the jazz community is left behind on every stage he takes.


Now riding the wave of Dreams Do Come True, Villano is continuing to rack up performances over the coming months, including a gig with the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra and a series of dates at the Century Village Theaters in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Pembroke Pines. August sees The Entertainer returning to New York for a brief tour, including shows at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and the Laurie Beechman Theater.


Dreams Do Come True is available now from digital retailers, and fans can check out streaming audio, photos, performance dates and more from Villano’s official website and ReverbNation page.