Raffi Mauro

Singer from Los Angeles, CA - Will travel up to 65 miles
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Hi, I'm Raf Mauro and everyone calls me Raffi. I've been performing for over a half century and loving every minute of it. As an actor I've appeared in over 100 TV Shows and films and you can check that out on IMDB. My singing act if filled with songs from almost every deacade from the turn of the last century to the turn of this century and since I once was a comedian, there are funny memories and funny social observations. People in my audiences tend to sing along with the songs they know if they go back as far as Jolson and Cantor, Bing and Frank or the Rock and Roll hits of the 50's and 60's. They are always delighted to hear music from some unknown song writers who have a lovely twist to their offerings. My enegy is high, my connection to the audience reads as..."we're hear to have flat out fun, so let's get to it!" Whether it's for tweny minutes or an hour and tweny minutes it's always a great ride.

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Raffi Mauro

Music I Heard Around the House
When I Was a Kid

M Bar
Hollywood, CA


?Raffi Mauro is a consummate entertainer—a throwback to an earlier era of show business when performers did it all. Like them, Mauro sings, he dances, he acts, he does shtick, he waxes philosophical and now he's added cabaret performer to his bag of tricks. On stage, Mauro is a bundle of energy who never stands still, performing with a perpetual light in his eyes, a lilt in his step and an instinct for engaging an audience with talent, confidence and, occasionally, sheer chutzpah.
In a show about the songs that influenced his life, the one that earned the biggest applause was the Eddie Cantor standard, "Josephina, Please No Leana on the Bell" (Ed G. Nelson/Harry Pease/Duke Leonard) — a tour de force in which Mauro sang in a variety of voices and Italian dialects with a red kerchief tied around his head and a series of flexible facial expressions that had the audience in hysterics.

The show included: an Al Jolson medley, with a bit of Jolson's trademark vocal tics thrown in, reflecting the music Mauro heard as a child at home; a sweet "Moonlight in Vermont" (John Blackburn/Karl Sussdorf), recalling car trips he took with his family and a song he wrote("Jeanette" and was recorded by Atlantic records (Youtube).

Mauro also talked of his grandmother's migration to the U.S., which led to a touching rendition — in her broken English, as he recalled it — of "God Bless America" (Irving Berlin), which preceded a pair of songs about prejudice — "The House I Live In" (Earl Robinson/Abel Meeropol, aka Lewis Allen) and "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" (Rodgers & Hammerstein). Mauro ended the segment by casting Frank Loesser's "The Ugly Duckling" as an anti-bullying song, employing his superb acting skills and a variety of voices to tell the story.
From Italian America love songs and American Italian bounce songs, Perry Como to classic Rock n' Roll, from George M. Cohan (A knock-your-socks-off Broadway Medley) to Otis Redding and Simon and Garfunkel, you just never know where he's taking the audience next and from the standing ovation he received it is obvious they loved the ride.

After more than hour of mostly raucous tumult, Mauro ended the show on a quiet note, acknowledging his appreciation for the audience with Loesser's "More I Cannot Wish You." Providing excellent piano accompaniment was Bryan Miller. The show was directed by Gilmore Rizzo.

Elliot Zwiebach
Cabaret Scenes
January 24, 2014

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Swing on a Star
Bing Crosby
Side By Side
traditional
The Broadway Medley
Geroge M. Cohan
The Treasure of Love
Clyde McFatter
From the Vine Came The Grape
The Gaylords
Capuccino
Raf Mauro
Reach Out, I'll Be There
The Temptations
The 59th St. Bridge Song
Simon and Garfunkel
How Are Things in Glocca Morra
Traditional Irish
Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
Singer
Wedding Singer
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Raffi Mauro will also travel to Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Glendale, Huntington Park, Maywood, Monterey Park, Bell, Hollywood, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Montebello, South Gate, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Culver City, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Willowbrook, Compton, La Canada, Montrose, North Hollywood.
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