In line with such great vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Paravantes will tell you that it has been his honor and privilege to perform with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Buddy Morrow. Morrow has performed with the Dorsey Brothers, Paul Whiteman, and Artie Shaw, just to name a few. Jim possesses a smooth singing style that is perfect for swing and ballads.....and when it's time to accelerate the tempo, he's totally able and adept - an excellent improviser performing a repertoire of the Great American Songbook. His style combines influences from his four favorite mentors, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Tony Bennett and David Street. Jim commented “I lifted something from each one of them”. Jim comes from a musical family. Jim’s uncle, David Street was a big band vocalist and performed with Buddy Morrow and the Bob Crosby Orchestra. David Street also appeared in the movie “State Fair” and sang with Ann Margaret “Isn’t It Kind of Fun”. Jim has performed across the US and opened for Comedian Tom Dreesen. Tom Dreesen opened for Frank Sinatra and traveled with him for over 14 years. Tom’s comment about Jim was "There are just a few vocalists today that can present this music as it was intended, and Jim Paravantes is one of them
Performances:Tommy Dorsey OrchestraLondon Chop House (Detroit, Michigan)Las Vegas: BellagioCincinatti Music Hall: Tommy Dorsey OrchestraWeber's Habitat Lounge (Ann Arbor, Michigan)David Swain II-V-I Orchestra (Ann Arbor, Michigan)Rhythm Society OrchestraGary Greenfelder OrchestraRiver Raisin Centre for the Arts: Tommy Dorsey OrchestraPI of SouthfieldDetroit Yacht ClubBay City Michigan, Wenonah ParkLexington, Michigan Music Theater: Tommy Dorsey OrchestraDetroit Music Hall - Jazz CafeCarnival Cruise LineCreekside - Ann Arbor, MichiganExcalibur: 12 month runAndiamo Italia West - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 12 month run.Andiamo Lake Front Bistro - St. Clair Shores, MichiganSheraton Universal Hotel - Burbank, CaliforniaCanton, Michigan Concert SeriesVillage Theater - Canton, MichiganLudington, MI Concert: Tommy Dorsey OrchestraDunleavy's River Place (Detroit, Michigan)Club 54
We've been saluting some of the past singers of the Great American Songbook, such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Billie Holiday, etc. Now it is time to recognize some of the singers of today who are "keeping the flame alive."It is far from easy to maintain a "singer of standards' career today. The television variety and talk shows that featured vocalists have just about disappeared. The late night "nasties," Leno and Letterman, provide a few minutes at the end of their hour programs to music acts....99 percent are rock groups.Tony Bennett is about the only "smooth singer of standards" who receives any exposure. The radio stations that featured the "oldies" music of the 30's and 40's are mostly gone. Oh, Martin Block where are you? Plus, and well documented, the recording business is in trouble. Try to find a record store in your town. Tower Records is gone with the wind..But, let's meet a Sinatra style singer, Jim Paravantes. Jim has performed with one of the most popular big bands of all time - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, under the direction of Buddy Morrow. Buddy is recognized as one of the all–time great trombone players. Jim is located in Michigan. Jim possesses a smooth singing style that is perfect for swing and ballads.....and when it's time to accelerate the tempo, he's totally able and adept - an excellent improviser performing a repertoire of the Great American Songbook. His style combines influences from his four favorite mentors, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Tony Bennett and David Street.
If I Had You
They Can’t Take That Away
Apex Genesis Entertainment
“Watch out... His performances have been known to inspire people to dance with abandon”.Detroit Free Press