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Jonathan Poretz

Some say he was born with a microphone in his hand.  That would explain why Pacific Coast Jazz artist Jonathan Poretz is so comfortable performing his brand of great American jazz standards to audiences large and small. Whether appearing in an intimate club or a large outdoor venue, Jonathan brings an electric energy to any stage he’s on, a talent he’s been cultivating since his early teens, when he sang professionally in bands that featured jazz greats including Charlie Shavers, Chuck Wayne and Joe Puma in his home town of New York City.

Blending the swinging vocal stylings of Sinatra, Torme, Bennett and Darin, Jonathan is equally comfortable performing with a trio or a 17-piece big band, putting his own unique stamp on every song he sings and every story he tells through the great American standard songbook.

Poretz recently concluded a 52-city tour of Germany as "Ol' Blue Eyes" in "Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra," reprising his role from the Las Vegas production of "The Rat Pack Is Back" in which he performed in San Francisco, Boston, Springfield, MA and Memphis.

In November 2016, Poretz enjoyed his third sold-out appearance in less than a year at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco, the Bay Area's preeminent nightclub, with the debut of his latest show, "Sinatra, Dino, Darin and Davis -- When Vegas Was VEGAS!"

He has also conceived, written and starred in several other shows, including "Sex, Swagger & Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was," which debuted at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco before touring performing arts centers throughout the Bay Area.

 

 

Highlights from "Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was." November 11, 2012, The Rrazz Room, San Francisco

I'm Gonna Live Till I Die vs. As Long As I'm Singing - May 14, 2016, Feinstein's San Francisco

"Once In A Lifetime" from Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was - October 19, 2014, Montgomery Theater, San Jose

Moon River vs. Lazy River - From Sex, Swagger & Swing - Montgomery Theater, San Jose, Oct. 19, 2014

The Curtain Falls - The Greatest Closing Number Ever! From Sex, Swagger and Swing - May 18, 2014 at the Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA

The Best Is Yet To Come vs. Start Of Something Big - from Sex, Swagger and Swing - October 19, 2014 at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose.

Jonathan Poretz sings Angel Eyes - SF Jazz Salute to Sinatra at 100 - June 14, 2015

Performing "Moondance" with the Fil Lorenz Orchestra at Francis Ford Coppola's Inglenook Winery - July 9, 2014

Promo of A Swingin' Night at the Sands, a Salute to the Icons of 1960s Las Vegas

"I've Got You Under My Skin" vs. "Mack The Knife" From Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was, March 30, 2013, The Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

"Fly Me To The Moon" vs. "Charade" from "Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was" - The Rrazz Room, San Francisco, November 11, 2012

"Old McDonald" vs. "Clementine" from "Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was" - The Rrazz Room, San Francisco, November 11, 2012

"That's All" vs. "That's All" from "Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was" - The Rrazz Room, San Francisco, November 11, 2012

A trio of Sammy Davis tunes in tribute to Dean Martin at 95 - from Jonathan Poretz On The Night Beat. Rrazz Room, San Francisco, July 2, 2012

That's Life from "Happy Birthday Frank" - December 18, 2012 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre

"Just One Of Those Things" performed with Lee Bloom, Jeff Neighbor, Pete Cornell and Kent Bryson during "Night Beat at the Rrazz Room" - June 25, 2011

Performing "Where Do You Start" and "It's All Right With Me" from Night Beat at the Rrazz Room - June 25, 2011

"All Of Me" Performed during "Vegas In The Valley," on Father's Day, June 20, 2010 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre. With Lee Bloom, Jeff Neighbor, Kent Bryson and Jeff Sanford.

Interview with Jan Wahl, KRON-TV to Promote June 21, 2008 "A Swingin' Night at the Sands"

Jonathan Poretz Promo For Rat Pack Is Back

What Is Sex, Swagger & Swing?

    Although Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin never shared a stage, Jonathan Poretz does the impossible, bringing these two musical giants together, in concert for the first time.

    Regardless of who you favor, prepare yourself for an exhilarating musical evening as Poretz and his Mini Basie-Styled Big Band pit Sinatra and Darin classics against each other in a true Clash of the Titans.

    Among the song battles that will be played out are: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” vs. “Mack The Knife”, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" vs. "More", "Moon River" vs. "Lazy River", "My Way" vs. "Beyond The Sea", "Fly Me To The Moon” vs. “Charade”, “New York, New York" vs. “The Curtain Falls” and many more.

A Sex, Swagger & Swing Sampler

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Where We've Been

Since starring as Frank Sinatra in the San Francisco production of The Rat Pack is Back, Jonathan has toured the Bay Area with Sex, Swagger & Swing and Sinatra Tributes at the following Performing Arts Theaters:

 

    * Feinstein's, San Francisco, CA

    * The Rrazz Room, San Francisco, CA

    * Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA

    * Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, CA

    * Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA  

    * Firehouse Theater, Pleasanton, CA

    * Montgomery Theater, San Jose, CA

    * Grand Theater, Tracy, CA

    * The Arkley Theater, Eureka, CA