Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 9

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

2014’s show was pretty amazing – my guests were Carly Ozard (her 4th appearance) and The Kelly Park Big Band.  After doing the show with this incredible band, we decided to go into the studio and record a brand-new holiday album, which we’ll be celebrating this Friday night at Feinstein’s at the Nikko!

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Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 8

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

In 2013, with the closure of the Rrazz Room, the show moved to Pa’ina Lounge & Restaurant and my guests that year were Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill, and Veronica Klaus.  Special guests in the audience that year were Sister Roma & Donna Sachet.

Hope to see everyone at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on December 11!

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Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 7

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

From 2012, the guest vocalists were Broadway and cabaret diva Karen Mason, along with a surprise visit by Will Nunziata.  What a fun night, and it was the first time I’d heard “It’ll be Christmas Before You Know It,” written by Karen’s husband Paul Rolnick and Henry Cory.  I loved it so much, I recorded it for “In The Holiday Spirit.”

Hope to see everyone at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on December 11!

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Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 6

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

From 2011, the guest vocalists were Carly Ozard, Veronica Klaus, and Terry McLaughlin.  I finally got to wear the jacket that Carly used the year before to play me!

Hope to see everyone at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on December 11!.

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Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 5

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

From 2010, “The Year Without A Santa Russ!”  In 2010, I was stranded in the UK due to a blizzard, but the show had to go on.  My guests that year were Carly Ozard, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, and Veronica Klaus.  Carly dressed up as me, and the three divas put on a fabulous show.  They even managed to get me on the video screens singing the title song!

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Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 2

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

From 2007, the guest vocalists were Alexandra Kaprielian, Terese Genecco, and Barry Lloyd. Again, no pics from the San Francisco show, but here are a few pics from the show we did at the Brownville Concert Series in Brownville, Nebraska that same year.

This was the year that Kelly Park & I ended up spinning off a snowy freeway into a partially frozen ditch, Alexandra ended up in the emergency room with some sort of stomach ailment, and Barry took a spill in the middle of a frozen street on our way to the concert venue. Glad we all survived!

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Latest list of stations playing “In The Holiday Spirit”

Internet Radio
Name: Location: Website:
Listen:
Martini In The Morning United States http://martiniinthemorning.com/ TuneIn
ChristmasRadio.com United States http://www.christmasradio.com/ Live365
The Sounds of Christmas United States http://www.soundsofchristmas.com/ Live365
Countdown 2 Christmas Radio United States http://countdown2.christmas/radio/ TuneIn
KringleRadio/MyMerryChristmas.com United States http://kringleradio.com/ TuneIn
SOMAfm – XmasinFrisko United States http://somafm.com/play/xmasinfrisko iTunes
Christmas Radio Live United States http://christmasradiolive.weebly.com/ TuneIn
Christmas Songs Radio The Netherlands http://christmassongsradio.com TuneIn
Radio Christmas Malta Malta http://christmasradiomalta.com/ TuneIn
ChristmasFM Dublin, Ireland http://www.christmasfm.com/ TuneIn
Radio Santa Claus Helsinki, Finland http://www.radiosantaclaus.com/ Native player
BDJ Radio – Christmas Channel Berlin, Germany http://bdjradio.com/christmaschannel.html TuneIn
Terrestrial Radio
Name: Location: Website:
KOIT, 96.5 FM San Francisco, CA http://www.koit.com/
WDNA, 88.9 FM Miami, FL http://www.wdna.org/
Streaming Services
Name: Listen:
Spotify http://spotify.com
Earbits http://www.earbits.com

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco,” part 1

Counting down 10 years of “Christmas in San Francisco” shows, and remembering all the fabulous guests who’ve made each show special.

From 2006, Alexandra Kaprielian, Amy Cole-Farrell, and Kristopher McDowell were the guest vocalists. The band that year was Kelly Park on piano, Reid Whatley on bass, Brian Carmody on drums, and Tony Malfatti on sax. Sadly, there are no pics from the San Francisco show, but these are from the show we did in Merced a few weeks earlier.

A few weeks after this show, Alexandra & I did my CD release show for my first hoiday CD, What I Want For Christmas at the much-missed club, Jazz at Pearl’s.

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Two upcoming radio appearances

Russ will be making two on-air appearances this week in promotion of In The Holiday Spirit:

Tuesday, December 1:  Russ will be speaking by phone with Doug Stephan, host of Doug Stephan’s Good Day, a nationally syndicated radio show heard on over 350 stations in the US, with over 3 and a half million listeners every week.  Russ will be on the air at approximately 8:20am EST/5:20am PST.  Click here to listen live

Friday, December 4:  Russ will make his annual holiday visit to Martini In The Morning, the online home of the coolest, swingin’est, most romantic songs on the radio …. and the people who love those songs.  Russ had two songs make it to this year’s MITM’s “Top 100 Holiday Songs” as voted by the station’s listeners.  He’ll be in-studio chatting about the new CD, and mixing up his special “Christmas in San Francisco” martinis for Brad “Martini” Chambers and “Mother” Miriam, the hosts of their popular morning show.  Drinking martinis live on the air – what could go wrong?  Russ will be on-air starting at approximately 12:30pm EST/9:30am PST.  You can listen live via TuneIn or through the station’s website.  You can even watch the interview through the miracle of MartiniVision!

 

Russ Lorenson on the radio – WORLDWIDE!

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The hardest nut to crack for any indie musician is getting their music played on the radio. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to get significant airplay on Internet radio, especially if you’re a “niche” artist and can appeal to specialty stations such as those that play Christmas music all year ’round.

Russ’ new CD, In The Holiday Spirit has been fortunate to already get significant airplay on some of the biggest Internet Christmas stations:

The CD has also been submitted to many jazz/standards stations, most of which won’t start playing holiday music until after Thanksgiving.  One of those stations is MartiniInTheMorning.com, who has always been so supportive of Russ’ work.  For the last two years, listeners have voted to include Russ on the station’s annual “Top 100 Christmas Songs,” and hopefully that will happen again this year, especially with the new CD!

Last year, Russ made it to Number 64 – can we get higher this year?
Or even get more than 1 song on the list??

VOTE for Russ and help In The Holiday Spirit  reach a WORLDWIDE audience!

From now until November 25, the station is running their 9th annual Holiday Music Poll.   Every year they ask listeners to tell them their favorite Holiday Songs, then they do all the hard math and count down the 100 Greatest Holiday Songs all Thanksgiving weekend (November 26-29 here in the U.S.).

Please take 2 minutes to go to MartiniInTheMorning.com and enter any of your favorite holiday tunes from Russ’ CDs, and then listen during the Thanksgiving weekend to hear where Russ made it on the Top 100 list!

If you don’t have your copy of In The Holiday Spirit yet, you can sample all the tracks by clicking here – and then vote for your favorite on MartiniInTheMorning.com!