Here are some pictures from that amazing night. Enjoy! xo
Vagabond, released in 2009, was a musical hybrid that drew from the
Great American Songbook, but also maintained an alternate aesthetic that
sidestepped easy categorization by borrowing from influences from Burt
Bacharach, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield.
Since the release of Vagabond, Spencer has gained a deeper perspective about himself and the world. That revelation – rooted in his own experience, is captured in the 13 tracks of The Mystery of You, his most recent album.
Spencer began his career singing and playing jazz standards in piano bars and retirement homes “I was probably three or four years into that when I realized that I needed to write as well.” That’s when things kicked into high gear. Since then, Spencer has performed at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival, and has been a much requested headliner in a number of high-profile west coast music venues, including Yoshi’s, the Plush Room, the Great American Music Hall, Herbst Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. On the east coast, he has earned raves for performances at the Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, the Canal Room in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has also headlined internationally in England, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and Mexico.
He has appeared on national television on four different occasions, most notably on “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson” where he débuted his chart topping “Till You Come to Me” off of his commercially successful “Vagabond” album.
In addition to his highly acclaimed musicianship, Spencer has excited his audiences with his quick wit and unique, yet subtle humor as witnessed in his most recent “Day Trippin” one man show, a musical memoir about how we use art as a means to escape, find our voice and survive. “Day Trippin” features Spencer’s original songs and eclectic hits by Cole Porter, Carmen Miranda, Nirvana, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and many more.
His versatility and love for his fans allows him to feel comfortable in a small jazz venue or in the expansive spaces of the Hollywood Bowl. As Spencer puts it, “As I grow as a musician, I hope to continue paying homage to the great artists who have shaped my style and sensibilities. I want to create music that is smooth and sophisticated but teeming with raw emotion and fire under the surface. It is in life’s contradictions where the most beautiful things are created.”