| Jazz, Torch, Cabaret|
| January 9, 1987 (age 28)
Los Angeles, CA (1987-01-09) |
Musician Singer Songwriter Actress
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Telly Savalas, Julie Hovland
Christian Savalas, Nick Savalas, Candace Savalas, Penelope Savalas, Christina Savalas
George Savalas, Teddy Savalas, Gus Savalas
Telly Savalas, Scott Bradlee, Morgan James, Nick Savalas, Haley Reinhart
Ariana Savalas (born January 9, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, burlesque performer, and comedienne. She is the daughter of film and TV actor Telly Savalas. Savalas is a resident headlining performer and emcee for Postmodern Jukebox. She tours with the band and has appeared in a number of the group's YouTube videos. Often referred to as The Pussycat, Savalas is known for her risqué on-stage music and comedy. She has been called the modern day Mae West, fusing her original songs with elements of traditional vaudeville and burlesque.
Savalas was born in Los Angeles in 1987 but was raised in Minnesota following her father's death in 1994. She studied Shakespeare and acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is a member of Playhouse West, a repertory theater directed by Jeff Goldblum. Before turning to jazz, Savalas toured and recorded in Europe as a pop singer in her teens with European producer Jack White. She also released her first original song "Perfect Man" independently in 2012, the video featuring Eric Dane from Grey's Anatomy. She worked as an actress, cast as the title role in the independent feature film Miriam (2006) and made a guest appearance as Bobby Lainsford on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds in 2010. Savalas starred as Zoe in her second feature, Akrasia (2009), directed Xavier Tartakiewicz. Savalas began her music career in Los Angeles as a singer/songwriter playing venues on the Sunset Strip, such as the Whisky a Go-Go and Hard Rock Cafe, before quickly transitioning into jazz. Her first jazz EP, "Sophisticated Lady", is a combination of Savalas' original compositions as well as two standards from the Great American Songbook, including the song Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish, and Irving Mills which she named the record after.
Savalas was widely known in the cabaret world headlining in venues such as the New York Friars' Club, Michael Feinstein's late New York cabaret Feinstein's, the Royal Room in Palm Beach, and Palm Desert's McCallum Theatre. Her solo performances are a showcase of music, songwriting, dance, comedy, and burlesque. Since her departure from cabaret, Savalas tours with her solo act and with Postmodern Jukebox as a headlining artist and their first female emcee. They have performed at notable venues such as Radio City Music Hall and the 02 Academy in London.
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