Elijah Rock is a triple threat Entertainer and the next generation interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Elijah starred as the Crooner in the musical play, “Words by Ira Gershwin” directed by David Ellenstein at The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles. His new album, “Gershwin For My Soul” is currently soaring on the jazz airwaves as he pays homage to the songs and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin with a contemporary twist.
On Thursday November 9th, a scintillating new vehicle, “A Night of Romance: The Show” – one unlike any other on or near Las Vegas Strip – makes its monumental debut at The Space (3460 Cavaretta Court, Las Vegas). Billed as “a spell-binding evening full of enchantment, mystery and elegance,” this transfixing new program brings to life “The Greatest Love Songs and Stories from the Golden Era of Old Las Vegas to today.” Audiences will revel in heart-tugging, timeless melodies from The Great American Songbook as well as some of the most beloved love songs in popular music – from “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Just the Way You Are.” The selections have been sequenced into a song cycle that chronicles all the stages of romance and the search for new love again.
Starring in this top shelf, date night sensation is multi-dimensional entertainer and recording artist Elijah Rock. This electrifying award-winning performer has portrayed legends such as Cab Calloway in “I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin,” “Crooner” in “Words By Gershwin,” and “Coalhouse Walker, Jr.” in “Ragtime” – plus a recurring role in the spicy Showtime Television series “Masters of Sex.” Those experiences and more have led to Elijah’s arrival in America’s Entertainment Capital, Las Vegas, with the custom-crafted “A Night of Romance: The Show.” This taps exquisitely into his skills as a singer, dancer and all-around leading ladies man superbly befitting his character’s moniker, “Mr. Romance.”
Musical Supervisor for “A Night of Romance: The Show” is Grammy Award-winner David Loeb, who holds the distinction of being Ben Vereen’s MD for over 30 years. He is also an acclaimed jazz pianist who has worked with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Arturo Sandoval, and has orchestrated for George Benson and more. Hand-picking musicians from the Jazz Studies Program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he is Director of the Jazz Studies Program, Loeb is cushioning and propelling Elijah’s performance with the city’s very best.
So, bring your sweetheart out to “A Night of Romance: The Show,” a crystal jukebox come-to-life that promises to make every night Valentine’s Day!
For tickets: www.thespacelv.com Or Call: 702.903.1070
After a hot, noisy day and a drive through heavy traffic I arrived at the oasis, Catalina’s. It felt cozy and cool as people were enjoying dinner. The staff is always so courteous and helpful, they make everyone feel comfortable. I ordered my favorite, catfish. The waiters always remind customers that “it’s spicy.” It is so delicious and spicy.
The sidemen came to the stage and got settled: Kevin Toney-piano & Musical Director, John B. Williams-bass, Greg Paul-drums and guitarist John Storie. Singer Elijah Rock was introduced and began this evening of George Gershwin gems. Rock looked very elegant in a dark suit. “S’Wonderful “ was a fine romp, with a very confident Rock. His musicians were backing him with a swinging spirit. The audience responded with hearty applause. Everyone got comfortable, this was going to be a good show.
Rock has a lot of confidence, singing “Fascinating Rhythm” and “I Can’t Get Started” with a deep, resonant voice. I was very impressed with his warm tone, excellent enunciation of the lyrics and his relaxed style. The quartet couldn’t have been better. Storie was so good as he added depth to the material. Every musician was outstanding. It was so good to hear a singer and musicians at this high level of ability and emotion. Wow! Rock took his time with each tune; a slow, measured “I Can’t Get Started” and “How Long Has This Been Going On?” Each a fine, polished gem, which can be heard on Rock’s new CD, Elijah Rock Gershwin For My Soul. Rock is a crooner of the “old school” like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Steve Lawrence, Mel Torme and others who toured, recorded and made lifelong fans along the way.
Other gems during one long show included “Long Ago and Far Away,” “Shall We Dance,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” and an original by Rock titled “New York City Springtime.” I( think that was the title) Rock will be traveling to promote the CD which was produced and arranged by Kevin Toney, recorded and engineered by Nolan Shaheed. I think audiences are going to be impressed by Rock’s easy, yet swinging style, his fine choice of material and his great taste in sidemen. This group is highly recommended!
P.S. This was one long set, because there was no intermission. The group was excellent throughout the show. Not a glitch anywhere, anytime. Elijah Rock will be appearing at The E Spot soon and Elijah will be Headling Vitello’s Supper Club in Studio City on September 7th at 8pm. . Call for reservations early.
Award-winning triple threat Elijah Rock is a native of South Euclid, attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, and spent time as a Singing Angel. Now he’s returning to Cleveland to headline Grand Illusion: A Magical Odyssey, Cleveland Play House’s annual benefit on June 3. He’s also just released a new album called Gershwin For My Soul. Elijah visited WCLV to chat with Jacqueline Gerber. [Listen]
(Los Angeles, CA – March 31, 2017) Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with the first class carriage and aesthetic of timeless entertainment, singer/actor/dancer Elijah Rock is carrying the blazing torch for the legacy of George & Ira Gershwin, bringing a contemporary and decidedly African American twist to their timeless music with several forward thinking projects.
Gershwin For My Soul (release date April 18) is the Cleveland-born baritone’s brand new critically acclaimed album. Jazziz Magazinemarvels, “Rock brings both chops and emotion to his masculine yet sensitive delivery.” Rock traveled to Thailand to star and make his directorial debut in a gorgeous music video for the lead single/title track “Gershwin For My Soul” that is bringing a sensual touch of class to video outlets around the globe. Rock and his lovely co-star cavort in the sun-dappled climes and evening breezes of Phuket interspersed with Elijah crooning about the timeless grace of Gershwin and sumptuous amour – thus Elijah’s new moniker, “Mr. Romance.”
It is but one of 12 masterful performances on the album, produced and arranged by Grammy-winning keyboardist/musical director Kevin Toney to bring the music of Gershwin into its rightful contemporary space, ably aided by bassist John B. Williams and drummer Greg Paul, plus guitarists Jacques Lesure and John Storie. The arrangements range from hiply syncopated updates on “Fascinating Rhythm” and “Our Love is Here to Stay” to Rock milking the rarely heard extended introduction to “How Long Has This Been Going On?” (before it falls like feathers into a soft brushed blues) and a version of the delightful “S’Wonderful” in a tender take that recalls the spirit of recently departed Al Jarreau. The album represents a full circle journey for Rock who started singing at 8 in church followed by his first Gershwin songs from “Porgy & Bess” at 16 at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
That connection is key to Elijah Rock reviving the music of “Porgy & Bess” in a revolutionary new presentation that takes what was originally written as an Opera then turned into a Broadway musical into a pure jazz adaptation. Utilizing the story as retold in the most recent Broadway book written by Suzan Lori Parks, with Kevin Toney’s sparkling arrangements for 5-piece band and Rock in the role of “Porgy” with a scaled down cast, this “Porgy & Bess” premiered at the 300-seat Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara, California to raves from audiences bowled over by the intimacy, the freshness and Rock’s mastery.
NAACP Theater Award-winning triple threat Rock sailed into these latest endeavors on the wings of glowing acclaim for his stage performances of the characters ‘Crooner’ in “Words by Ira Gershwin” and of the legendary Cotton Club star Cab Calloway in the musical revue “I Only Have Eyes For You” for which he was nominated for a 2016 Ovation Theatre Award. The Glendale News raved, “Baritone Rock, with charm to spare, shifts smoothly from crisp jazz phrasings to the operatic…” The Hollywood Progressive proclaimed, “The youthful Rock, who appears in Showtime’s TV series ‘Masters of Sex,’ is establishing himself as one of his generation’s foremost interpreters and performers of The Great American Songbook.”
Up next for Elijah Rock is a residency in Las Vegas where a top team of producers are developing a vehicle around the star entitled “A Fine Romance” featuring The Songs of George & Ira Gershwin and The Great American Songbook. In this intimate show, Rock will flesh out the “Mr. Romance” in a theatrical environment that promises to bring back to Vegas the taste and sophistication of yesteryears.
“Before this experience, I hadn’t really embraced the balladeer aspect of my gift,” Rock muses. “It was about me being vulnerable enough to know I could do it. It’s been an interesting transformation for me.” Ultimately, Elijah Rock will be wowing longtime lovers of Gershwin music as he cultivates a younger audience with his all-around showmanship, singing and even his paddle-n-roll style of tap dancing – lost arts all that have found in Rock a tireless cultural savior.
“I believe there is a cross demographic that this music will serve,” Rock concludes. “I am grateful to Tony Bennett, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, Diana Krall and Michael Bublé for their success in keeping the music relevant to today’s pop world. I approach singing from a traditional perspective with a fresh twist. Gershwin For My Soul not only represents America’s classical music, it will give me a platform to address a lot of other things about the culture and where we all stand today.”
Elijah Rock featured Review in 2017 Winter Edition of
‘Porgy and Bess’ Revived at ETC