TAHLEQUAH – The son of a music legend, Steve March Tormé created his own niche in the showbiz industry. This gifted musical talent brings his skills to Northeastern State University with his latest production “Totally Tormé.”
Part of the Sequoyah Institute’s 22nd Annual Galaxy of Stars Series, the performance will take place on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts.
Steve Tormé was born in New York City to the mutli-talented Mel Tormé and the former model, Candy Tockstein. They were divorced when Steve was two-and-a-half years old. Shortly thereafter, Candy married actor/comedian Hal March, who was the host of NBC’s “The $64,000 Question Show” and subsequently starred in Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” on Broadway.
An avid baseball fan growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., Steve started listening to games on the radio in the basement of their home, where almost by accident he discovered his love for music. Following every game, he tuned in music stations and found himself singing along with artists such as The Four Seasons, Nat King Cole, The Orlons and The Beatles. By the age of 12, he knew he wanted to be a performer. He began to develop an affinity for harmony and earned his first paycheck at 13 playing with his own band. After moving to Beverly Hills, he continued to entertain at parties and functions throughout his years in high school.
Following the death of his stepfather, Steve rekindled his relationship with his father, Mel. Even growing up apart from his father, Steve soon realized they had a great seal in common, sharing a love from music and live performance.
On the recommendation of Quincy Jones, Steve was tapped to be one of the three-featured singers for the vocal group “Full Swing,” which had its debut release on Planet Records. The group successfully toured the United States, Brazil and Japan. Shortly after his return from touring the globe, Steve left the group in order to focus on solo opportunities. The next development in his blossoming career was the release of “Swingin’ at the Blue Moon Bar & Grill,” featuring a playful duet of “Straighten Up and Fly Right” with his father. He has since released a number of other albums and created a number of musical showcases, including “Totally Tormé.”
With a full, rich voice that’s been described as “seductive” and “effortless,” Steve Tormé is not just following a legacy, he has started one of his own.
Tickets for “Totally Tormé” are $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees, $14 for senior citizens, $12 for groups of 10 or more, $10 for students and children, and $5 for NSU students. To purchase tickets, contact the NSU Box Office at (918) 458-2075.
“Totally Tormé” is sponsored by Go Ye Village and Morrison Senior Dining. Additional funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the Sequoyah Institute’s 22nd Annual Galaxy of Stars Series, visit www.nsuok.edu/si.