Making a name for yourself is difficult when you’re living in the shadow of someone else. But every so often, someone comes along and they realize the secret to success.
Steve March TormÈ could be living in the shadow of his very famous father, the late Mel TormÈ. He could go around riding on coattails, skimming through life by virtue of name recognition alone. But as simple as it might seem, TormÈ understands one thing.
“If you’re not a very good singer, it’s not going to help you that your father is, and if you are it’s not going to matter who your father is.”
TormÈ has been performing jazz tributes to his father, called “TormÈ sings TormÈ,” with a ten-piece band in a 32-city tour, and now will come to to the local area as part of the Pop Saturdays feature in the Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 2nd, at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.
With two 45-minute sets split by an intermission, TormÈ will perform with several of the band members who accompanied him on the cross-country tour in November.
“The tour took us two months, and I was ready to come home and see my wife and kids,” TormÈ says. “But I wanted to be home two to three days and then go out again for three more months.”
TormÈ has spent much of the last year in Wisconsin, building a house for his family, and writing new music that he recently recorded in Los Angeles. A tennis player, TormÈ is a ranked member of the United States Tennis Association, at No. 3 in singles and No. 2 in doubles in the state.
“My home life is loud — I have two stunningly beautiful daughters, two and four years old,” he says. “If I hadn’t met this girl [my wife] I probably would still be in West L.A., but my guess is we’re going to be here a while.”
“It’s not going to break my heart not to have my kids grow up around show biz,” he adds.
Saturday’s performance, TormÈ says, will be peppered with stories of his father, who died in 1999, as well as some of his favorite songs.
“‘The Folks Who Live on the Hill’ is the most appropriate song for me,” he says. “It’s a lovely song about people finding this idyllic home they want to build on a hill, and talking about what it’s going to be like when their kids leave them and it’s just them in the home again.”
A new TormÈ album will be more influenced by pop music, he says, and he has been working on various other projects as well. But Saturday’s performance will be jazz-oriented.
“Anyone who was a fan of my dad I think will enjoy the show,” he says.
Information about TormÈ, www.stevemarchtorme.com/.
Information about the Summer Concert Series, (310) 305-9545, marinadelrey.lacounty .gov/.