I am a pianist and vocalist whose musical career spans 40 years. Originally from Los Angeles, I come from a musical family, my father having been a record producer and Vice President of Capitol Records and my mother, a big-band vocalist. While majoring in music at UCLA, I won First Prize in the Frank Sinatra Awards, Pop Vocal category. I worked in the Los Angeles area from 1974 through 1991 as an entertainer and band leader at such venues as The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Hotel Bel-Air and many others. As a solo act, I appeared at the world-renowned Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, a six-year engagement where I performed regularly for such notable customers as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Natalie Cole and many others. From 1991 through 1995 I starred in a television commercial for Henry Weinhard beer, playing the character “Tex Velvet.”
Since moving to Portland in 1992, I have performed solo and in group settings at such venues as the Benson Hotel, Portland City Grill, Wilf's Restaurant and Bar, the Oswego Lake House, Arrivederci, Tony Starlight's Supperclub and Lounge, the Allison Inn, the Riverview Restaurant and at numerous social events and corporate functions throughout the Portland area. My debut CD, “For My Father & Frank,” is a tribute to Frank Sinatra and my dad, Voyle Gilmore, who was Sinatra's record producer from 1953 to 1958.
The Frank Sinatra Songbook is of special importance to me, given my father's close association with the legendary vocalist. I perform Sinatra's famous favorites with special attention to and great respect for his unique swinging style and marvelous ballad interpretation. I also specialize in the performance of music from great American composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer and a host of other prominent songsmiths. In addition, I sing selections in French and perform my own special arrangements of classic tunes by the Beatles. Songs made famous by the great Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett round out my repertoire.