Paul Gerni is a popular jazz male vocalist on the world-famous Kansas City jazz scene, and does about 430+ songs in his repertoire, though he travels with charts for 106 of his favorite standards. He calls his show "The Great Songs of the Great Singers" although he admits he has a penchant for reintroducing some near obscure songs from yesteryear as well. His style has been likened to Sinatra on some songs, to Johnny Hartmann on others, Nat King Cole on still others, and is influenced also by Mel Torme, by Ella Fitzgerald, and Diana Krall. Singing since he was six, he took time out for a successful worldwide professional pocket billiards career, and since has returned now to his music roots. A very smooth jazz vocalist with a friendly personality, you can tell he loves to sing!
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