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Singer Ken Slavin Celebrates His Silver Anniversary

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Ken Slavin

 

San Antonio's Ken Slavin is marking 25 years in the business with a music gig.

 

He's a public relations aficionado. But his other work is singing.

 

"I'm an entertainer. I am a -- what I call myself -- a jazz crooner," Slavin says.

 

He mainly plays South Texas and occasionally Mexico, but then he got a request from an unexpected place. A New York internet Jazz station spins his tunes, and was interviewing the owner of the city's Metropolitan Room.

Ken Slavin performs in New York City at the Metropolitan Room.

 

The DJ said, 'You really need to hire this guy from San Antonio; I think you'd really like him.'  The owner of the club told the DJ, 'Have him contact me on Facebook.'

 

Slavin did, and the result of that chance meeting was recorded at that subsequent gig at the Metropolitan Room.

 

"So, it became one of those incredible stories of the 21st century internet age, a 52-year-old jazz singer from San Antonio, Texas, was able to make his New York debut."

 

He's been back three times, but locally, he's celebrating his 25th Anniversary with the Silver Anniversary Concert! He booked himself and a three-piece jazz combo Wednesday night at Sam's Burger Joint. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

 

"It's one of the hottest live music venues in the city. It's traditional straight ahead jazz trio and me."

 

Slavin's promising to mix a little Christmas in with the jazz.

 

He thinks the up close and personal venue will be a great place to celebrate.

 

"It's going to be a lot of fun. It's a come-as-you-are place, so very casual, very informal," Slavin says.