Brian De Lorenzo

Boston, MA
Jazz / Cabaret / American Songbook
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“There are good shows and there are great shows, but once in a blue moon you're at a cabaret and you know something extraordinary is going on. De Lorenzo is at the top of his game.”

- Beverly Creasy, Cabaret Scenes

Dear Music Lover,

That's a pretty good quote, don't you think?

We hope you'll join Brian and the wonderful Bill Duffy Quartet for an unforgettable evening of the music of the great Nat King Cole! Order your tickets HERE or by calling 617-562-4111.

Oh - and you might want to check out these interviews in Wicked Local and EdgeBoston.



BOSTON, MA - Award-winning singer Brian De Lorenzo swings into Scullers to celebrate the artistry and remarkable career of one of America’s favorite singers, Nat King Cole. De Lorenzo presents songs for which Mr. Cole is well known – songs such as “Nature Boy,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Don't Get Around Much Anymore” – plus stories and anecdotes about Mr. Cole’s personal and professional lives. De Lorenzo will also interweave memories and anecdotes from his own experiences of Nat King Cole’s music.


As we approach the 40th anniversary of the passing of this wonderful entertainer, De Lorenzo feels that Mr. Cole deserves to be honored for his talent as a singer and for his importance to entertainment and race relations in the 20th Century. Cole also has connections to Massachusetts and Boston as a performer and through family members. Boston-area audiences will find those connections to be extremely interesting.


Talent America’s 2001 “Performer of the Year” Brian De Lorenzo is equally at home in cabaret rooms, concert halls, and theatres including venues in Boston (Scullers Jazz Club, Club Café), New York (Birdland, Eighty-Eight’s, Don’t Tell Mama), Provincetown (the Crown & Anchor), Chicago, San Francisco, and cruise ships in Alaska and the Mediterranean. Brian has performed at the prestigious Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions in New York and Chicago and at three Boston Cabaret Festivals. He has appeared in IRNE- and Elliot Norton Award-winning theatre productions in the Boston area including The Wild Party and On the Twentieth Century. Other theatre credits include “Bob Cratchit” in A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre; “Max” in Lend Me a Tenor; “Zangara” in Assassins at Lyric Stage (voted best theatre production of 1998 by The Boston Globe); “Jinx” in Forever Plaid; and a tour of Esther in Europe. His CD “Found Treasures” was nominated for the 2000 “Recording of the Year” Award by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Brian can also be heard extensively on the Original Cast Recording of Made in America: Vaudeville Songs. He is also featured on the world premiere recording of the musical Smooth Sailing. He has been nominated three times for an IRNE Award for “Best Cabaret Show.” Brian is well known for finding wonderful songs that aren’t so well known; and for his interpretations of standards from the Great American Songbook and musical theatre. 


Bill Duffy has been entertaining audiences on both coasts and in Europe for 35 years. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Bill was house pianist at the Park Hyatt in San Francisco, and later had a seven-year residency at the Four Seasons Boston. His recording career began with the San Francisco-based Martini Brothers, and continued on CD’s by Overall Junction, Krisanthi Pappas, and Dane Vannatter, among others. Bill has toured nationally with Senegalese guitarist Pascal Bokar, and as a civilian player in the U.S. Air Force “big band.” Especially noted for his warm and supportive style, Bill accompanies singers throughout the Northeast, while maintaining a busy schedule of jazz trio dates and private teaching. Bill was accompanist for the critically acclaimed Brian De Lorenzo… & Friends, also at Scullers.



“He has one of those rare voices that make first-time listeners stop and say, “Who is that?’”

- Worcester Magazine

“Well worth a listen.”

- WVOX/WRTN Radio, New York

“His vocals place him among the best currently appearing on the New York cabaret scene.”

- Cabaret Hotline Online

“Although the title of Brian De Lorenzo’s Found Treasures CD refers to the songs it contains, the cabaret singer is one himself.”

- Show Music

“Wonderful vocal work.”

- Boston Herald

“A particularly accomplished singer.”

- Boston Phoenix


 CD Baby     


"What could be more romantic than an evening of listening to cds of Nat King Cole singing his signature tunes. How about a warm Italian tenor with a punched up Broadway sound, Brian De Lorenzo doing the Nat King Cole Songbook live with the jazzy Bill Duffy Trio at the fabulous Metropolitan Room? It was a deliciously overstuffed program -- I counted 20 songs, most done in full. All are familiar and wonderful -- Sweet Lorraine, Nature Boy, Ramblin' Rose, Mona Lisa, When I Fall in Love, etc. For a special treat Brian's friend Lynda D'Amour sang Unforgettable with him. Percussionist Steve Rose did a great drumroll on the line about 1000 drums in Day In, Day Out. Bill Duffy had a great piano riff in Sweet Lorraine and the bassist Thomson Kneeland shined in Answer Me, My Love. The Metropolitan Room is a great, intimate spot for this lovely, lovely music. Make sure you catch Boston-based artist Brian De Lorenzo the next time he performs in NYC."  Mark Savitt, Hi! Drama

"Brian De Lorenzo’s smart show at Sculler’s Jazz Club offered an evening of songs made famous by the inimitable [Nat King] Cole. De Lorenzo put his own spin on the material... but what we soon discover is that the singers have meticulous phrasing and polished musicianship in common. The hip Bill Duffy Quartet meshed seamlessly with De Lorenzo’s relaxed style, and the singer generously gave the musicians opportunities to show their stuff. With his consummate delivery, he (and Duffy’s playful piano) found the humor in Rodgers and Hart’s “This Can’t Be Love,” and then made a novelty song like “I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)" sound profoundly romantic. His warm, velvety low notes in “When I Fall in Love” morphed into a sweet midsection, then floated off into the skies in the upper range. De Lorenzo knows how to put across a song! [But] the piece de resistance was De Lorenzo’s sorrowful, heartbreaking “Answer Me, My Love.”"  Beverly Creasey, Cabaret Scenes

"There are good shows and there are great shows, but once in a blue moon you're at a cabaret and you know something extraordinary is going on. De Lorenzo is at the top of his game. When he delivers a gorgeous Mercer ballad like "When October Goes" you can almost hear a teardrop in De Lorenzo's phrasing. Even more remarkable, you can hear the sweetness emerging from the melancholy in his voice. Just when you think romantic ballads are his forte, he has you laughing out loud with John Forster's naughty travel song, "Entering Marion". He can capture the urgency and longing in a breathtaking Craig Carnelia song like "Flight". He has the rare ability to transform his tonality to the style of the song: He can find sweet high notes and soft low notes in a song like "My Foolish Heart" and then sound like a smooth, matinee idol in the joyous "I Got Rhythm." Bill Duffy supplied the eloquent accompaniment, including the delicate, ethereal music box setting for "Some Enchanted Evening." And it was."  Beverly Creasey, Cabaret Scenes


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