The Royal Scam – The Definitive Steely Dan Tribute

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Widely recognized as one of the tribute bands on the East Coast, The Royal Scam ~ The Definitive Tribute to Steely Dan has garnered a large and loyal following. The band’s stellar musicianship and attention to detail in their performance of the Steely Dan songbook is second to none.

Featured on the cover of Steppin' Out Magazine, the Scam has played to rave reviews at respected venues such as the China Club, Shell Theater at Trump Marina, McCloone's Supper Club, Club Bené, The Rock and Roll Cafe, Berks Jazz Fest, Scranton Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest, Trumpets Jazz Club, to name a few.
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"The Royal Scam is a wonderful tribute band. Great attention to detail, top-notch musicianship, and reverence to the original recordings are all in plentiful supply here!"

-Bob Mann (Guitar with James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Linda Ronstadt)
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The Royal Scam - A Steely Dan tribute Biography

The Royal Scam radiates a spirit of vitality, authenticity, and intimacy that breathes new life and emotional energy into the music they perform. The ensemble creates an inspiring, engaging musical experience and is consistently first-rate and professional.

Keyboardist/musical director Gino Amato founded the band in 1992. The 11-piece band is an elite group of musicians who have recorded and performed with such diverse and iconic artists as Bruce Springsteen, Steve Tyrell, BJ Thomas, Michael Feinstein, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Frank Sinatra, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, The Mingus Big Band, and the list goes on.

The Royal Scam has vast experience performing with symphony and has all the arrangements orchestrated by Gino Amato. For his work orchestrating Steely Dan’s music for the Reading Pops Orchestra and The Royal Scam performance at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Tracy Rasmussen of the Pottstown Mercury says it all, “Gino Amato does not just make music, he makes magic.”

Whether performing at performing arts centers, music halls, summer concert festivals, casinos, or listening rooms, The Royal Scam presents a highly entertaining of classic hits that reach generations of Steely Dan fans.

Denise Donatelli Biography

Denise Donatelli, a three-time GRAMMY® nominated vocalist, presents her latest album, “Whistling in the Dark – The Music of Burt Bacharach.” Released on August 27, 2021, this remarkable project showcases Denise’s lifelong love affair with the legendary songwriter’s music. Produced by the renowned Larry Klein, the album marks Denise’s first concept album dedicated to a single composer and highlights her exceptional collaboration with Klein.

Recorded live at The Village Studios in Los Angeles in October 2020, the album captures Denise’s warm vocal elegance accompanied by a hand-picked all-star jazz/pop quartet. The quartet includes Larry Goldings on piano and organ, Anthony Wilson on guitar, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Larry Klein himself on bass and additional keyboards.

“Whistling in the Dark” presents an intimate and soulful collection of Bacharach’s iconic hits, as well as some lesser-known gems. Denise breathes new life into classics like “The Look of Love” and brings her own interpretation to Warwick’s renowned songs such as “Walk On By,” “In Between the Heartaches,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” and “A House is Not a Home.” The album also features collaborations with Elvis Costello on poignant tracks like “Toledo” and “In the Darkest Place.”

Denise’s artistic journey leading up to this project has been shaped by her passion for jazz. Growing up in Allentown, PA, she fell in love with the genre, drawing inspiration from vocalists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Ella Fitzgerald. After launching her singing career in Atlanta in the early 90s, Denise moved to Los Angeles in 2000, immersing herself in the vibrant music community.

Throughout her career, Denise has collaborated with esteemed musicians and earned recognition for her exceptional talent. Her previous albums with producer/pianist Geoffrey Keezer garnered four GRAMMY nominations, including three for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In 2012, she was honored as Jazz Vocalist of the Year by The Los Angeles Jazz Society. Known as a “musician’s singer,” Denise’s innate musicianship and pure tone have captivated audiences and led to various notable performances, including appearances on “The Simpsons” and TV promos for popular shows and brands.

Denise’s connection to the American Heart Association holds a special place in her heart, honoring the memory of her son.

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