Young Lions of Jazz to Ring in 2012 in Studio City

Danny Janklow and James Torme play Vitello's on New Year's Eve.

rings in the New Year with the Young Lions—and .

Touted as two of the hottest young performers in jazz today, these rising superstars have assembled an equally stellar band which will take the stage at Vitello’s on Dec. 31 for two eagerly awaited performances at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Multi-Award winning eOne recording artist James Tormé is a dynamic vocalist who takes audiences on a stunning journey that ranges from classic standards to what he calls "The New American Songbook." One of the most exciting prospects to come along in the vocal jazz world in a long time, Tormé's debut album Love For Sale has been to the top of both the iTunes and US jazz radio charts over the summer.

“After hearing James perform these hugely popular tunes, it is hard to imagine them being sung by anyone else,” says Allen Kepler, President of Smooth AC Radio Networks.

Twenty-two year old saxophone phenom Danny Janklow has been exploding on to the jazz scene with his fresh, soulful approach to the language of jazz. The youngest ever winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, Janklow is "quite simply the best I've ever heard," according to musical partner-in-crime James Tormé.

"I hear homage to all the greats in his playing" adds Tormé. That's high praise indeed from someone who grew up around icons like Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and of course his own legendary father, Mel Tormé.

Together, Tormé and Janklow will take the stage "Upstairs at Vitello's"—where it all began - for a night of music, from bebop to hip hop. Brad Roen, VP and GM of Vitello's says, “This is the fresh new young talent, the next wave of Jazz we've been looking for and so perfect to welcome in the New Year 2012 at Vitello's.”


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