Legendary actor, Tony Award
nominee and singer Tom Wopat ('The Dukes of Hazzard,' 'Annie
Get Your Gun') has enlisted Al Gomes
and A. Michelle of Big Noise in conjunction with Sheryl Feuerstein
of EastWest Media's publicity efforts for his acclaimed
eighth CD 'I've Got Your Number.'
The Multi-Talented Star of Stage, Screen, TV
and Music is making his mark Film - The Academy Award-Winning 'Django Unchained' Music/Recordings - 'I've Got Your Number' Television - ABC Family's 'Lovestruck' Broadway - 'A Trip to Bountiful'
This is really proving to be
a banner year for Tom Wopat. From his role in Quentin
Tarrantino's hit film, 'Django Unchained,' to the release
of his newest recording 'I've Got Your Number,' (a jazzy
big band swing album evoking the spirit of the 'Mad Men'
era), to the April airing of the ABC Family musical movie
'Lovestruck' co-starring with Jane Seymour, and his role
in 'A Trip To Bountiful' on Broadway joining an all-star
cast featuring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Vanessa
Williams. All this in addition to his critically acclaimed
concerts throughout the U.S.
Although one can't help but
recall his starring role in the '80s iconic television hit
series 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' which catapulted him to fame,
it is the multi-faceted Tom Wopat, actor, jazz vocalist
and Tony Award-winning star of Broadway that's been garnering
high critical acclaim for the last two decades.
Here's what the media are saying about Tom:
'What he shares with Sinatra is an ability to live inside whatever he sings. His flexibility doesn't seem to matter of self-conscious role-playing but an expression of his far-reaching musical tastes and personal experience.' - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
'Meeting Across the River, Tom Wopat - it seems an unlikely pairing of artist and song, but the Broadway-cabaret performer delivers a felt, unsentimental reading of Springsteen's haunting gem.' - Elysa Gardner, USA Today Top 10 Playlist
'Tom Wopat transcends genre and puts the 'E' back
in entertainer. A rich expressive baritone voice that demonstrates
flexibility, great phrasing and wonderful timing. I've Got
Your Number' is simply another notch in the great career
of a classic entertainer. - Jazz Critic Brent Black
'Tom Wopat is an extremely gifted actor with a gorgeous, versatile singing voice.' - Susan Hasho, Times Square Chronicles
'Wopat exuded hipster-cool yet leading man charisma as he showcased his smooth-as-silk baritone voice in an appeaing program that included blues, jazz, Broadway, standards, pops and original tunes.' - Tom Alvarez, Examiner
About the CD
Tom Wopat's I've Got Your
Number' swings into 'Mad Men' era with new recordings
of the Great American Songbook classics and contemporary
songs of Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and
With 'I've Got Your Number,'
Tom's musical expedition has traveled into even more colorful
territory. Backed by a thirty-piece orchestra, he fulfills
his desire to focus on what he describes as the 'orchestra-big
band hybrid of the '60s and '70s. 'Like the Bobby Darin
stuff,' he says. 'Frank Sinatra did big band then too, everybody
did. And we really wanted to go for that - in the standards
as well as the contemporary tunes. We've evoked the spirit
of the New York supper club era and the cool vibe of the
Mad Men days. The recording swings hard and there's a lot
of really fine music.'
And, a lot of really fine singing,
too! Listen to the way he romps through the different rhythms
of 'I've Got Your Numbe' and 'The Good Life' - typical of
his easygoing interaction with the grooves of his orchestra/big
band backing. And, listen as well to the way Tom transforms
the singer-songwriter tunes like James Taylor's 'The Secret
O' Life,' Paul Simon's 'The Afterlife,' Judy Collins' 'Since
You Asked,' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Meeting Across the River' into jazz-tinged renditions. And, to the sense of jazz
authenticity that informs both Tom's singing and his interaction
with the lush big band arrangements.
There's a large handful of uniquely
appealing qualities all over the fourteen utterly captivating
tracks. Tom applies his far-ranging interpretive skills
and warm engaging baritone to discovering new, intriguing
musical twists in such Great American Songbook classics
as 'The Folks Who Live On The Hill,' 'Call Me,' 'Born To
Be Blue,' 'I Won't Dance' and, of course the title track.
At first glance, that could be viewed as a surprisingly
diverse program of material. But his versatility has been
there throughout his career and on full display in a career
reaching from his television work of the '70s and '80s to
high visibility Broadway roles in 1999's 'Annie Get Your
Gun' and 2008's 'Catered Affair' (he received Tony Award
nominations for both) and more, plus his previous musical
releases, spanning standards ('In the Still of the Nigh't
and 'Dissertation on the State of Bliss') into the jazz-oriented
sounds and rhythms that had always fascinated him ('Consider
With the release of 'I've Got
Your Number,' Tom truly feels he has found his stride.
'Performing these songs the way we do on this recording
is the most creative thing I do,' Tom concludes. 'It's extremely
satisfying and fulfilling. And as long as it feels that
way, I'm going to keep right on doing it.'