It's here!

The new album, Treasure Seeker, has been delivered in all it's multi dimensional glory. I am thrilled with how it's turned out. The print looks great, the lyric booklet inside is just how we wanted it and, of course, the CD itself sounds smashing.

The official release date is 19 September but we are shipping them now if you order from this website. Use the code FREETREASURE to get free UK postage.

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World Singing Expo

I’ve just come back from the World Singing Expo in Poland. Having never had singing lessons before it’s been a real thrill meet with some incredible teachers from all over the world to see what else I can do with my voice.

I worked with Wendy Parr and Greg Enriquez from the States and Richard Halton from the UK. All using different approaches to reach the same end. It was really exciting for me to see what possible with some coaching and I'm looking forward to seeing where this new journey takes me.

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New look diary

I have replaced the old diary on the website with a Google calendar. It doesn't look quite a smart but it's easier to use and has more information for you. If you want more information on any date just click on the event (name of ship or show) and you'll see what's going on. You'll also find the links to book tickets. 

I've also added details of the Legends podcast, and for the first time you can see which artiste will be featured in advance.

Click here to check it out.

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St Petersburg to Salerno

I am a few weeks into this summer's cruise season and am about to perform on my twelfth ship. All Royal Caribbean cruise liners in Europe and the Mediterranean including some of my favourite ports like St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Palma de Majorca, Venice and the magical medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia. You can always see which ship I'm on by checking my calendar. Maybe I'll see you at sea one day?

Symphonic Nat 'King' Cole in Ireland

Last Friday night saw me at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. I’ve worked there many times with their Concert Orchestra but this was my first time with their Symphony. What’s the difference? Not much, as it happens. Symphony Orchestras tend to specialise in the weighty classical works where you’d be more likely to see the CO tackling a movie score or what they like to call light music.

It’s always a wonderful opportunity to sing with an orchestra but Ireland makes it fun. The conductor was fellow Grimbarian Anthony Weedon. Even though we’re from the same town, this is only the second time we’ve worked together. We were actually paired up by the CBSO last year for a Christmas concert. He’s terrific: considerate, prepared and precise. So we had three happy days together rehearsing and presenting the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole. 

Five star review for 1968

 

I had a wonderful week at London's Crazy Coqs with Nathan Martin celebrating 1968. Musical Theatre Review gave the show 5 stars saying: 

“Williams is the consummate cabaret performer. As well as his fine singing voice, he is also a good raconteur whose relaxed delivery and patter soon puts his audience at ease. He draws them in and turns them into a warm circle of friends.”

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Cocktail Classics in Liverpool

It's always fun with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Roderick Dunk but last night was extra special. So many terrific songs and a complete joy to sing them. The concert was Cocktail Classics and included such smooth tunes like Girl from Ipanema, Route 66, If Ever I Would Leave You, Mac the Knife, Wives and Lovers and many more. I have to say, it was one of the most enjoyable concerts I've ever done.

Friday Night Is Music Night

It's always an honour to sing on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night. Ken Bruce presented and I sang with Rebecca Trehearn accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. 

This show's theme was Take Your Partners and I sang You Were Mean't for Me from Singing in the Rain, Change Partners from Carefree and Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffany's. You can see more photos on the BBC website here.

A Wonderful Christmas Time!

Huge thanks to everyone who came to this year's Swingin' Christmas shows in Cleethorpes and London. Over 1000 of you this year. We followed that with two nights at London's newest Christmas festival in Greenwich with my 9 piece band, then concerts with the Halle in Manchester and the CBSO in Birmingham. It's been a wonderful Christmas season, so thank you coming along, listening and supporting. 

The Legends of Las Vegas Christmas special will be out on the podcast tomorrow here and on Christmas day you'll hear me with on BBC Radio Humberside from 1pm with two hours of Christmas Crooners.

Have a terrific season however you choose to spend it. 

Britain's Best Mince Pie

 

We're all a bit obsessed with mince pies so decided to do a BLIND TASTING of 10 different types. We were SHOCKED at the results! It's just a bit of fun, it's not a scientific test, and there are some glaring omissions - sorry Sainsbury's, Asda and Lidl, but we were too busy buying prosecco to get those.

Watch the video for the results. My fellow tasters are: Hilary O'Neil and Jo Gibb.

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The pies are:
Fortnum and Mason Almond Topped
Iceland Luxury
Coop All Butter
Marks and Spencer
Heston at Waitrose Spiced Shortcrust with Lemon Twist
Starbucks
Harrods Classic with Brandy
Tesco Finest
Aldi Deep Filled
Tesco Lattice Top

 

Over £3000 raised for Hospice

Sinatra Jukebox was doing a bit of good last week in Hertfordshire. The event at The Gatsby in Berkhamsted was organised by Rayden Solicitors and managed to raise £3030 for the local St Francis Hospice. I was joined by Rob Barron at the piano. Thanks for Mikaela Morgan for the pics. 

Glittering Line Up for London show

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I'm delighted to confirm some terrific guests for my West End Cares show at Pizza Express on The Strand. Violinist Gregory Scott, comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller, singers Sarah Eyden, Glenn Macnamara and Joe Stilgoe plus comedy duo Bounder and Cad. It'll be a terrific night and tickets are from only £10!

Sunday 21st May, Pizza Express on The Strand. Tickets from £10. Click here to book.

Here's a bit about the line up, including yours truly:

Gary Williams is a singer, writer and broadcaster described by the London Evening Standard as "the UK's leading standard-bearer for the supercool era". He starred in the West End's Rat Pack, has recorded eight albums and wrote 'Cabaret Secrets', a book on stagecraft called “an invaluable guide” by Playbill.

Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter described by the Scotsman as a “sheer joy”. He's appeared in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Kuala Lumpur, including sell-out runs at legendary London venue Ronnie Scott's. He has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Lahti Symphony, and the RTE Orchestra in Dublin.

Bounder and Cad is the musical comedy duo whose mischievous lyrics 10 Downing St tried to censor... until their jazzy tunes had the PM dancing. They have entertained two princes, two PMs, and been hailed for their “laser sharp wit”.

Lynn Ruth Miller has been dubbed the new Joan Rivers of Fringe Comedy at The Edinburgh International Fringe. She is a regular at the San Francisco Punchline, The Stand in Scotland and The International in Dublin and at 83 is proving that aging has been amazing. Time Our said, ‘Miller is a personable and charming presence onstage, with generations of wit and experience….’

Greg Scott is a the violin showman, who has performed with Bryan Ferry, kd Lang and as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Greg's debut album "DUEL" reached Number 1 in the UK Classical Charts.

Sarah Eyden was first soprano with The Swingle Singers enjoying international concert touring and five album recordings. Toured Europe and USA with Steve Reich & Musicians, and performed as a soloist with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and classical ensembles throughout Europe. Sarah is currently a member of Access All Arias, a three part harmony girl group.

Glenn Macnamara was described by Timeout as "The UK's finest swing singer”. He's performed with The Len Philips Big Band, The Mike Richards Big Band, for The Duke and Duchess of Wessex at Hampton Court Palace and played Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack in Dublin. The Guardian described his as an "amazing young talent."