Category:Las Vegas musicians
Pages in category "Las Vegas musicians"
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Carl Fontana – Carl Charles Fontana was an American jazz trombonist. After stints in the big bands of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Fontana devoted most of his career to playing music in Las Vegas. His first break into the professional scene came in 1951 he was hired to stand in for one of Woody Herman's regular trombonists, Urbie Green. When Green returned, Herman kept Fontana as a permanent member of the band. After three years with Herman, Fontana joined Lionel Hampton's big band in 1954. In early 1955 he played briefly at Sam's Miami nightclub, The Stut'N Tut. He later joined Stan Kenton's big band. Fontana also worked with fellow trombonist Kai Winding during this period. After 1958, Fontana would tour only on rare occasions, such as a 1966 tour of Africa with Herman's band sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He primarily performed during the 1960s, particularly Paul Anka's band. He also performed in the bands backing Sammy Davis Jr. Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, the Benny Goodman orchestra. In the 1970s, he continued performing in Las Vegas. He also recorded during this time, such as Louie Bellson, Bill Watrous, Supersax. It was not until 1975 that Fontana recorded an album as an co-leader. He shared the billing with drummer Jake Hanna.Carl Fontana – Fontana at Ball State University, 1989. Photo by Dale Cruse.
2. Sergio Franchi – Sol Hurok managed Franchi's American concert tour. He starred in concerts and cabarets on several continents. He instead found his niche in popular and romantic music. He performed musical comedies on stage, starred in a major motion picture. Franchi became an American citizen in 1972. After gaining success, he was a philanthropist, donating his time and talent to many causes. Sergio was one of three children born to a Neapolitan father and mother, Sergio, Mirella, Fausta were all born in the Lombardy District. This includes the smaller village of Codogno - where he was born. Some geographical over-simplifications resulted in listing Fausta's birthplace as "near Milan." Because the family also lived in Cremona, he called both Codogno and Cremona in his life. As a child, Sergio would sing with his father, who played the piano and guitar. At age ten, Franchi sang a comic role in a school play. Young Franchi then later sang with a male vocal group in local jazz clubs. But, in spite of his musical talents, Franchi soon followed his father's wishes that he pursue a career in engineering. He did not finish this training.Sergio Franchi – Sergio Franchi in 1970
3. James Moody (saxophonist) – James Moody was an American jazz saxophone and flute player and occasional vocalist, playing predominantly in the bebop and hard bop styles. James Moody was raised by his mother, Ruby Hann Moody Watters. He had Louis. Moody played in the "negro band" on the segregated base. Following his discharge from the military in 1946 he played bebop for two years. In 1948 he recorded his first session in a long recording career playing both saxophone and flute. He relocated to Europe, where he stayed for three years, saying he had been "scarred by racism" in the U.S.. In the 1960s, he rejoined Dizzy Gillespie. He later worked also with Mike Longo. In a 1998 interview with Bob Bernotas, Moody stated that he believed jazz has spiritual resonance. The James Moody Quartet was Moody's vehicle later in his career. And along with Faddis, toured with the Philip Morris Superband hosting artists like Hammond organist Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Grady Tate and Barbara Morrison. The Philip Morris Superband concept started a year previous in 1985. Two months after his death, Moody won the Grammy posthumously for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his album Moody 4B. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center hosts the James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.James Moody (saxophonist) – James Moody performing with Todd Coolman during a jazz festival.
4. Wayne Newton – Carson Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Entertainment. His well known songs include 1972's "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast", "Years", his vocal version of "Red Roses for a Blue Lady". His song "Danke Schoen" was notably used in the score for Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Newton was born Carson Wayne Newton in Norfolk, Virginia, to Patrick Newton, his wife, Evelyn Marie Plasters. Newton is of Native American ancestry. He has stated that his mother is half his father half Patawomeck. While he was still a child, his family moved near Newark, Ohio. Newton began singing with his older brother, Jerry. However, Newton's severe asthma forced his family to move in 1952 where he graduated from North High School. Originally signed for two weeks, the brothers eventually performed for five years, doing a day. On September 1962, they first performed on The Jackie Gleason Show. Newton would perform on 12 times over the following two years. In the early to mid-1960s, Wayne also sang as "Andy" the baby-faced Ponderosa ranch hand on the classic western TV series, Bonanza. Prominent entertainment icons such as Lucille Ball, Bobby Darin, Danny Thomas, George Burns, Jack Benny lent Newton their support.Wayne Newton – Newton in concert in 2012
5. Herbie Phillips – Herbert Daly Phillips, better known as Herb or Herbie Phillips, was an American jazz trumpeter, big band composer, arranger. Phillips was prominent in the Las Vegas community. He worked for both Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr.. His mother, a graduate of the University of Nebraska and a kindergarten teacher, died in 1949 when Phillips was 14. She had played a major role in introducing Herbie to the arts. Distraught as a teenager, Herbie did not did get along well with his father, Guy W. Phillips, especially when the latter remarried. Herbie moved in with his maternal uncle. A salesman for the George F. Burt Company, died in Lincoln, Nebraska, when Herbie was 19. He attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, during the summer of 1954. During Phillips's tour with the Verne Byers Orchestra, he met band member Pat Thompson, a trombonist, with whom he became close, life-long friends. While touring with Verne Byers, he arranged a few songs, including "Pennies From Heaven." In 1955, Phillips and Pat Thompson moved to New York City, sharing an apartment at 61 West 83rd Street. At that time, Bill Evans lived in the apartment. Around 1960-61, his wife Carol moved to Las Vegas, joining Pat Thompson. He spent the remainder of his life in Las Vegas.Herbie Phillips – 1964 Photo by trumpeter Kenny Bright
6. Daniel Platzman – Daniel James Platzman is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. Platzman was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Berklee College of Music where he earned a degree in film scoring. He also played with future Imagine Dragons bandmates Wayne Sermon and Ben McKee. In 2008, McKee was invited by Wayne Sermon to join Imagine Dragons, based out of Las Vegas. McKee dropped out of his final semester at Berklee to join the band, completing the lineup. In November 2011 they began working with producer Alex da Kid. In 2012 their album Night Visions brought the band mainstream success. It won the Billboard Music Award for Best Rock Album. Single "It's Time" became the band's single reaching # 15 Billboard Hot 100 and certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. Single "Demons" reached # 6 Billboard Hot 100 and was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. Tracks from the album topped the Billboard Rock Songs, Billboard Pop Songs charts. Radioactive was also nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance. In 2015, Imagine Dragons' second album Smoke + Mirrors reached # 1 on the Billboard 200, Canadian Albums Chart. It featuring singles "I Bet My Life" and "Shots".Daniel Platzman – Platzman at the 2015 Tokyo Summer Sonic Festival in Japan
7. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twinless twin—his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, he died in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother.Elvis Presley – Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
8. Dan Reynolds (musician) – Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is an American musician, most famous as frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. He has also released an Extended Play titled Egyptian - EP as a duo with Aja Volkman under the moniker Egyptian. He is also a recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award. Seventh of nine children, was born on July 14, 1987 in Las Vegas, the son of Christene M. and Ronald Reynolds, a lawyer and author. Dan is a 4th generation Nevadan. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2005. Reynolds is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he was 19 years old, he volunteered full-time for two years. He wrote "I Bet My Life" celebrating and reflecting on his enduring relationship with his parents. After beginning school at Brigham Young University, Reynolds found that he committed fully to a professional music career. In Utah, Reynolds recruited drummer Andrew Tolman to form Imagine Dragons. With Reynolds lead, Imagine Dragons won BYU's "Battle of the Bands" and other local competitions. Bassist Ben McKee joined the band from Berklee College of Music, finalized the group. The band relocated to Las Vegas honing their craft nearly nightly as a lounge act. There they caught their big break when Train's frontman fell sick just prior to the Bite of Las Vegas Festival 2010.Dan Reynolds (musician) – Reynolds performing in 2013
9. Jim Root – Prior to joining Slipknot, he worked as a screenprinter, busboy. Despite this, the song has become a staple for most of the band's live performances. Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor invited Root to join the band based on Taylor's past experiences working in Stone Sour. Of Slipknot's nine lineup which lasted between 1999 to 2010, Root was the last to join the band. Root typically performed lead guitar in Stone Sour, although he sometimes played rhythm. He has spoken as being twin guitar: "In both bands, I fulfill both roles. In Stone Sour, Josh has some solos." During the recording of Stone Sour's Audio Secrecy, he and Rand recorded their parts simultaneously. The SFA ´ s cover of Lil Wayne ´ s "Got Money". Root has been since 2004. This is seen on both their social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. He currently owns a home in Jacksonville, Florida. On 17 Stone Sour released an official statement saying that Root was no longer a member of the band. Root stated he felt the time was right for him to leave the band. In July 2007, Fender released the Jim Root Telecaster.Jim Root – Root performing with band Stone Sour in 2013.
10. Artie Schroeck – Arthur "Artie" Bruce Schroeck is an American musician, best known for arranging and composing popular songs and jingles. He has won multiple Clio Awards, such as when he composed the music for the 1981 ABC-TV promo "Now is the time, ABC is the place". He also composed the 1982 promo "Come along with ABC". As of 2011, he continues to perform in Las Vegas. Schroeck was born in Irvington, New Jersey, the youngest of four boys: John, William, Arthur. In Las Vegas, they started an impromptu jam session. In the'90s, Schroeck could often be found performing in Atlantic City, such as at the Harrah's Atrium Lounge with Linda November. A regular who would come to visit whenever she was in town was Liza Minnelli. Schroeck and November had met while working together on musical projects, but had both been married to other people at the time. In 1988, they married in 1996. His brother Harold was also one of the performers in the show, which featured a nine-piece Spike Jones-style band. The show ran from September 26 -- October 1997. In 2001, his wife moved to Las Vegas. Schroeck has three children by a previous marriage. Shem Schroeck, is also a musician and singer.Artie Schroeck – Artie Schroeck, 2010
11. Frank Sinatra Jr. – Francis Wayne "Frank" Sinatra, professionally known as Frank Sinatra Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, conductor. However, Sinatra recalled wanting to become a pianist and songwriter from his earliest days. His father wanted to name him after Franklin D. Roosevelt, President at the time of his birth. He was kidnapped, on December 1963, at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Mastermind Keenan was later adjudged to have been legally insane at the time of the crime and hence not legally responsible for his actions. Famed attorney Gladys Root represented one of the three men. The kidnappers demanded that all communication be conducted by payphone. During these conversations, Frank Sr. became concerned he would not have enough change. At the time of the kidnapping, the Rat Pack were filming the 7 Hoods. By his early teens, Sinatra was performing at local clubs and venues. At age 19, he became the vocalist for Sam Donahue's band. He also spent considerable time with Duke Ellington, learning the music business. Sinatra spent most of his early career on the road. During that time, he gained a reputation for rigorous rehearsals and demanding standards for his musicians.Frank Sinatra Jr. – Sinatra, Jr. in San Diego (2008)
12. Violetta Villas – Czesława Gospodarek, known by her stage name Violetta Villas, was a Belgian-born Polish and international cabaret star, singer, actress, composer and songwriter. Her voice was characterized as soprano, which spanned over 4 octaves. Villas had absolute pitch. Characterisations of her included the "Polish Yma Sumac". She was the first star of the Casino de Paris at Dunes Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. She was known for number-one hits. Villas was an animal rights activist. Moreover, Villas had a delusional disorder, which had a bad influence on her contacts with her family. In 2011, she received the Medal to Culture -- Gloria Artis. Villas was born in Heusy, Liège province, the third of four children. Villas spent her childhood in Belgium. Her mother Jane was a housewife. In 1948 Villas settled in Lewin Kłodzki where she began studying music. Villas played the violin in her youth. In 1956 Villas began studying solo singing in Szczecin.Violetta Villas – Violetta Villas in 1967
13. Aja Volkman – Aja Volkman is an American musician, best known as the frontwoman of the indie rock band Nico Vega. She has also released an EP titled Egyptian as a duo with her husband Dan Reynolds under the moniker Egyptian. Born on March 1987, Volkman is the daughter of James Volkman and artist Rogene Manas. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Volkman is a vegetarian. She is married on March 5, 2011. They have a daughter named Arrow Eve Reynolds. Now in 2016, Aja is pregnant of twins Volkman was approached after a solo performance in 2005. This formed the basic structure of Nico Vega in 2007. The band released a series of EPs. They signed to now defunct MySpace Records. Two years later the band released their debut eponymous album. The rest were produced by Tim Edgar. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake. Nico Vega then toured for the next couple years.Aja Volkman – Aja Volkman with Nico Vega.