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Kiki Ebsen is a singer-songwriter who has built an exciting career that can find her, any day of the week, headlining a jazz festival, singing with a Symphony Pops orchestra, performing on stage in a show featuring the Great American Songbook, and she can still be found on hundreds of YouTube videos that remind people of the 20 years she spent touring with Grammy-winners and platinum-selling artists who inspired her to keep on writing her own music. She was born to be on stage, somewhere, anywhere, everywhere. And today, she is. Check out her Calendar for her latest events and read further for the News section to learn more about her latest CD of originals currently in the works. 

a world-class songwriter-performer ... with a polished vocal style and songs of substance. ”

— — Steve Wagner, American Songwriter Magazine

I could listen to her sound forever. ”

— — Edward Asner

Kiki Ebsen is a consummate performer at the keyboard and as a guest vocalist. With a symphony orchestra, singing pop standards, or the catalog of Ella Fitzgerald to Joni Mitchell, a great artist. ”

— --Larry Blank ~ Resident Pops Conductor, Pasadena Symphony

News

Kiki Ebsen performs a benefit concert 11/3 at NAMBA Arts in Ventura 

Kiki Ebsen returns to NAMBA for a special benefit concert for The Healing Equine Ranch 501c3. This ranch is where Kiki share's her gift of natural horsemanship with others in her community using a herd of ten rescued horses. Recently their hay and tractor barn was destroyed as well as the tractor when a 300 year old heritage oak fell during the recent Santa Ana wind storm. (thehealingequineranch.com) Kiki’s last performance at NAMBA was the “To Dad With Love” tour, a tribute to her father, Buddy Ebsen. This benefit concert will be a beautiful blend of Kiki’s repertoire, with selections from her Joni Mitchell and Buddy Ebsen tributes as well as selections from her numerous albums. Featuring Grant Geissman (guitar), Steven Lawrence (bass), Dustin Ebsen (drums)

"To Dad with Love, a Tribute to Buddy Ebsen" is a hit! 

Check out these reviews!

LAJazzScene.com (Myrna Daniels)
NoHoArtsDistrict.com (Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros)
DiscoverHollywood.com (Tracey Paleo)
Broadwayworld.com (Don Grigware)



This past weekend’s performances at the lovely, historic Theatre West venue represent some of the most joyous in my entire life. For all who came to enjoy “To Dad with Love:A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen,” thank you. What a joy it was for my brother, Dustin, and I to meet you, hear your reaction to our production, and especially, to hear that you loved our Dad’s work as part of the collection of your favorite entertainment memories.

Many thanks to Spike Dolomite Ward and her Board of Directors at Theatre West, including Garry Kluger, Jill Jones, Arden Teresa Lewis, Dina Morrone, Linda L. Rand, George Tovar, and Michael Van Duzer for the opportunity to be in their wonderful theatre. Photographs generously shared by Sheryl Aronson, MFT (Arting Around), Garry Kluger (Theatre West), Lauri Reimer and Denise Green Young have captured so many happy prized memories and images of our performances and our opening night premiere.

Director S. E. Feinberg has been the steady rudder in guiding the ship that sailed this weekend. Not only is he a gifted director, he’s a great friend and special to our family. A musical theatre production thrives on talented musicians. I want to especially thank Jeff Colella (piano, keys), Granville Young (bass), Kendall Kay (drums), and Kim Richmond (sax) for their inspired playing all weekend.

Gregory Gast is both talented dancer and wonderful teacher; his role in this production began before there ever was a production. He and his dance partner performed at our father’s memorial service in 2003. When he attended an early performance at Catalina Jazz Club in December 2016, afterwards, we began talking about maybe adding a dance number to the show. You saw the culmination of that conversation this weekend.

Audiences each night were so complimentary about the sound quality of our performances. I’m especially fortunate to have a loving husband, Steve Wallace, who is also a master sound designer. Thanks to the generosity of our good friend, Bryan Frieders, we were able to offer you the sound quality you heard. Even the band loved what they were hearing! The behind-the-scenes work of Lighting Designer Jerry Blackburn and Stage Manager Ernest McDaniel made this production a joy. Linda L. Rand, writer, director, and Board Member, believed in this production from the start and welcomed us to Theatre West and its dedicated volunteers who keep this historic, important nonprofit thriving. From greeting you at the door, working the box office, serving you concessions, vacuuming carpets, and helping set such a great stage—each of you is appreciated so much. That we had packed houses each performance means only one thing, Sandra Kuker PR made our show’s presence known and created a wonderful build-up and excitement for our premiere weekend. She’s a professional who’s a joy to work with. Also thanks to Annalise Robbins who handled our merchandise sales for all three performances. Last but not least, a world of thanks to Dawn Lee Wakefield, a personal friend and the driving force behind TCV Media, the entity that continues to promote and uphold my brand in every way. Personally, it was especially rewarding to be surrounded by the Ebsen family this weekend, including our sisters Bonnie Ebsen Jackson and Cathy Ebsen, Dustin’s wife Donna and daughter Rylee Jean Ebsen, and our niece Jennifer Abel. It was truly a weekend to remember, and we thank you all.

To Dad with Love, A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen! Limited engagement October 12-14 

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"To Dad with Love, A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen" 

Directed by Steve Feinberg 

Get an INSIDE LOOK into the story behind the scenes!

As a veteran singer-songwriter and accomplished musician who’s toured internationally for 20 years, Kiki Ebsen was inspired to record and release the CD, “Scarecrow Sessions,” in tribute to her father’s vast career. Its debut was in time for Father’s Day. Songs from this album provide fans new insight into Buddy’s talents as a dramatic actor as well as accomplished dancer. Response to “Scarecrow Sessions” was so strong that she, along with brother Dustin, have created this showcase of personal stories and beautiful photo memories and magical songs in tribute to one of America’s most beloved true pioneers of the entertainment industry. 

Actor Buddy Ebsen was perhaps best known for his television roles in the 1960s and 1970s. His fans, however, may not know as much about the first 30 years of his career, as a dancer on Broadway, and in early films. Were it not for fate, American children would have had 75 years to enjoy him in the role of the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” It was the role of a lifetime, but it was also the one that got away. 

As progeny of an original star of vaudeville and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Kiki is the “real deal.” An excellent jazz singer and charming storyteller, Kiki is the essence of elegance as she sings and tells stories about her life with her famous father, actor Buddy Ebsen. 

To Dad with Love, A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen features jazz musicians, Jeff Colella (piano), Kim Richmond, (woodwinds), Granville “Danny” Young (bass), and Kendall Kay (drums).

October 12-14 "To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen" comes to LA this fall! 

Save the date! "To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen" makes it's debut at the famous Theatre West in North Hollywood, CA. October 12-14, 2018As a  veteran singer-songwriter and accomplished musician who’s toured internationally for 20 years, Kiki was inspired to record and release the CD, “Scarecrow Sessions,” in tribute to her father’s vast career. Its debut was in time for Father’s Day. Songs from this album provide fans new insight into

Buddy’s talents as a dramatic actor as well as accomplished dancer. Response to “Scarecrow Sessions” was so strong that she, along with brother Dustin, have created this showcase of personal stories and beautiful photo memories and magical songs in tribute to one of America’s most beloved true pioneers of the entertainment industry. 

Actor Buddy Ebsen was perhaps best known for his television roles in the 1960s and 1970s. His fans, however, may not know as much about the first 30 years of his career, as a dancer on Broadway, and in early films. Were it not for fate, American children would have had 75 years to enjoy him in the role of the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.” It was the role of a lifetime, but it was also the one that got away. 

As progeny of an original star of vaudeville and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Kiki is the “real deal.” An excellent jazz singer and charming storyteller, Kiki is the essence of elegance as she sings and tells stories about her life with her famous father, actor Buddy Ebsen.

Kiki Ebsen with Grant Geissman on the Don Cromwell Show 

Guitarist/composer Grant Geissman and I gave a wonderful interview on Don Cromwell Live. We told some stories, played some songs live and then Don played some a few tracks of our music. If you missed it, here's the archive: https://starworldwidenetworks.com/episodes/kiki-ebsen-and-grant-geissman

Kiki Ebsen on the Rossaround Podcast with Ross Pallone 

Kiki Ebsen is a wonderful singer/songwriter who has had a very interesting career. Her first professional gig was working for Chicago as an off stage keyboard player/ singer and synth programmer. Her career has taken her all over the world playing for Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, Tracy Chapman, and many more great artists. Kiki graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Vocal Performance.. She currently tours doing three different types of shows; one show showcases Kiki’s original music, another show is a tribute to Joni Mitchell and another show featuring a tribute to her father, the famous actor, Buddy Ebsen. kiki ebsen.com, thehealingequineranch.com. Listen on iTunes

 

Kiki Ebsen featured in Agenda Magazine 

Writer/photographer extraordinare, Sheryl Aronson created an beautiful article on Kiki Ebsen and her career in music among other things. Agenda magazine is an exquisite fashion and lifestyle magazine published by musician, model and entrepreneur, Kaylene Peoples. this hard copy magazine is only available on Amazon. If you order through smile.amazon a charity of your choice will benefit from each Amazon sale. If you choose The Healing Equine Ranch, a non profit that Kiki formed and operates, you will help rescue horses and the programs that heal people as well.


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