Tommy's Vitaphone Varieties at the Steve Allen Theatre
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The last date listed for Tommy's Vitaphone Varieties was Saturday March 18, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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Travel back in time and experience an amazing night of obscure, naughty and lovely tunes from the 1920s and '30s. Stylish flapper Janet Klein is a true ukelele lady, and along with her band members, The Parlor Boys, will treat you to spirited and inspired renditions of Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, vaudeville, Yiddish novelty numbers, ragtime and other lovable, rare and rustic tunes. Film historian Jerry Beck opens the show with rare vintage 16mm film clips. Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys' latest CD release -- their seventh -- is titled Whoopee Hey Hey! Tunes to Cheer in Tumultuous Times, and reflects current-day concerns with rare and upbeat songs from the Depression era. Learn More
TOM MARION, who co-founded the Parlor Boys with Janet Klein, is a unique musician. He is the last of the old-time Italian string players. He plays guitar, banjo and mandolin with equal grace, and in a style that virtually disappeared before World War II. In the early 70’s, Tom was introduce to legendary cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb. He instantly became a member of R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders, playing and recording with them for several years.
In 1976, Tom moved to Los Angeles. He joined the local music scene, playing with Brad Kay’s Majestic Dance Orchestra, crack ragtime ensemble The Hollywood Red Hots, legendary entertainer Nick Lucas, The Knotts Berry Farm Entertainers (with whom he toured Japan in 1981), and, over the years, countless other gigs and bands. In the late ’80s, Tom began a lasting association with crooner Johnny Crawford, which combination gave fortunate listeners the chance to experience a vocal-with-guitar sound not heard since the days of Bing Crosby and Eddie Lang.
In late 1997, Tom met Janet Klein, who had very little idea that she was going to have more than her own ukulele for accompaniment. He sensed her potential, and quickly helped her to work up a considerable book of the ’20s-era songs they both loved. The Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys