David de Alba

Singer / Impressionist Recording Artist Dancer
Television Personality Celebrity Interviewer


  • Description of act(s)

    David de Alba, a Cuban-American legendary performer of Finocchio Club fame, sings "live" to pre-recorded audio tapes of his former musicians, led by pianist / arranger and conductor the fabulous Bill Bullard (see pix on BIO page).   He also has his own arrangements for a "live" musical group.   David's specialty forté act is a "Loving Tribute to Judy Garland" in glamorous costumes.   "The Hobo," "The Happy Clown", and "The French Pierrot" are three other character portrayals by David a La Garland style.   (English 60-90 minutes).

    David as Liza Minnelli (English 30 minutes).   David's own International character creation "Boy-Chic" with dance routines, Broadway songs, hits from the 40's, 50's & 60's, Latin-American tunes, and special tributes in song to French singer Edith Piaf and to famous Cuban singer Olga Chorens, plus David's take-off rendition of Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond from the movie "Sunset Boulevard".   (English & Spanish, 60-90 minutes).

    "Mr. de Alba is only interested in performing in the Las Vegas area."

  • Stage performances

    ILLINOIS: Chicago; The Aragón Ballroom, Old Town's El Latino Club, Latin Quarter (Boom Boom Room), Finnies' Club at The Coliseum Ballroom, The Chesterfield Club, The Night Life, Havana-Madrid Club, Orange Cockatoo, The Annex, Fred Astaire Studios Ballroom Show, Mac Cormick Boys's Club (won Coca-Cola talent trophy), Wright Jr. College and Mundelein College.   (David's stage name was "Heri Del Valle" in Illinois at that time).

    INDIANA: Indianapolis; Mr. B's.

    CALIFORNIA: San Francisco; Guilded Cage (won talent show), The Frolic Room, 181 Club, Fantasy Club, Long run at FINOCCHIO CLUB, Veterans' War Memorial Theatre, Drake Hotel Ballroom (Convention), Mabuhay Gardens, Orpheum Circus, The Palms, Verdi Club, Italian/American Club, Cuban Club, CSU Knuth Hall, Scott's, Theatre Rhinoceros, Victoria Theatre, The Rathskeller, Off-the-Levee (527 Club), Leonarda's, Sinaloa, Roaring 20's, Gay 20's Speakeasy. So.San Francisco; Holiday Inn (Employees Christmas Party). Daly City; Bamboo Steak House. Oakland; The Exit, Carnation Club, Oakland Auditorium Theater. Vallejo; Club Pegasus. Hayward; Chances R, The Fox. Burlingame; Yolanda's. San Carlos; Garden Club (Christmas Show). Redwood City; Bayou Lounge, The Cabaret. Menlo Park; Little House. Palo Alto; Veterans' Admin. Hospital, José's, El Rancho. Sunnyvale; Savoy Club. San José; Paragon Gardens, Harbor Club, "Los Latinos Agency Fashion Show" Capitola; 21 Club. Fresno; Moose Lodge 2049 Party. Santa Cruz; Bea's Restaurant, Civic Auditorium.

    FLORIDA: Miami; The Everglades Hotel - The Olga & Tony Show. Miami Beach; Monte Carlo Hotel - The Olga & Tony Show.

    NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque; Howard Johnson's Plaza Hotel, Cricket's Club, Fofo's Caribbean Cuisine. KIDI-FM, Albuquerque, NM - "Our Morning Hour".

    NEVADA: Laughlin; Bayshore Inn, Gold River Casino - Management performance. Las Vegas; Garland Concert, Sun City Summerlin Women's Club. A Tribute to Judy, Winchester Cultural Center Theater. A Live Tribute to Judy Garland, College of Southern Nevada, Horn Theater. Whitney Library Concert Hall, 2 appearances.Summerlin Theater. David de Alba as Judy Garland, Clark County Library, Main Theater. Onyx Theater, 2 performances.

    ARIZONA: Phoenix; Livia's Italian Restaurant. Scottsdale; Wyndham Resort, Management performance. Bullhead City; Private parties for Casino employees, "El Encanto" Restaurant Wedding Party.

  • TV & Radio Performances

    ILLlNOIS; Chicago, CH 26 "The Spanish Hour" & "The Raúl Cardona Show". "Chicago Show" David as a special guest starring with Christine Jorgenson.

    CALIFORNIA: Oakland; KTVU "Bob McKenzie's Segment Two" (on twice) & "On the Square". "Heri the Hairstylist Documentary". SAN FRANCISCO, KPIX "Solesvida". KEMO "The Amapola Show" (on twice) & "C. Obregón's Christmas Special", "J.M. Quiróz Show" "Heri the Hairstylist Documentary". KRON "Saturday Live with Dan Weiss" & "Alma de Bronce". KTSF,"Top of the Town" SAN MATEO; CH 14 "Variety Show". KFOY-FM, Burlingame CA - "Cuban Hour". KABL-AM/FM, SF - Live Interview.

    FLORIDA: Miami; HIT TV "Olga & Tony Show". UNIVISION International Network, "Fuera de Serie" Interview and performance. TELEMUNDO "Ocurrió Así". "Alive & Kickin' with Leesa Marie Benz" on WELE-AM 1380 Radio Station (Osmond Beach, Florida) La Clásica Radio, Internet, FL.

    ARIZONA: Bullhead City; CH 28 "Browsing With Brigitte" Interview and performance.

    NEVADA:Las Vegas; CH 48 "Out Here" Interview and performance. PAHRUMP; KPVM-TV Channel 41, "High Desert 60" Interview and performance with Co-Hosts Al Jones and Linda Kass. KRLV-AM, Las Vegas, Guest on Uncle Paul's Hawaiian Radio Show. KJUL-FM, Las Vegas, Stage performance on Dennis Bono Show, Sam's Town Casino. KUNV-FM, Las Vegas Arts Alive, Host; John Nasshan."Judy Garland Tribute", Clark County Library Main Theater. "Fionocchio's Backstage Memoirs", Debut performance at the Summerlin Library Theater. NBC-KSNV-TV, CH3 News report; "Impersonators of the past", David de Alba & Lavern Cummings.

    EUROPE: Italy; "Genny Random's GRN-Italian Web TV" A video clip from one of David's legendary performances as Liza Minnelli recorded "live" on stage at the world famous Finocchio Club in San Francisco.

  • Publicity; Newspaper & Magazine

    The National lnsider - Cover Feature and Full Article (on twice). La Paz, Chicago - Feature Article. "Outlines", Chicago, by Sukie de la Croix. People Magazine, Dec.'78 - The Judy Garland Auction. Beyond Rainbows (Garland Fan Club) - Article "David as Judy". San Francisco Chronicle - Herb Caen Lead Column & Bill Alex. "Around Town". Bay Area Reporter - Full Article by Gordon Slater. SF Progress - "All That Glitters". The Owl, SF - "After Nightfall". Philippine News, SF - "Art & Entertainment". The Potrero View. The New Times & Echo Magazine, Phoenix - Feature Article. Tim Archibald's "SideShow" (Internet) Albuquerque Tribune - "T.G.I.T". El Hispano News, NM - "Curiosidades". The Sentinel Spotlight, The Sun, & Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA - Feature Articles. Boutique and Villager, Hillsborough, CA - Feature Article. El Bohemio, SF - Personal profile. El Quijote, SF - Feature Article. TG Forum Interview by Ken Spaulding & Induction into "Gallery of Greats"(Internet). "Starpages Celebrity Forum", feature article (Internet, S.CA). Tribute to David in "TG Superstars". "The Drag Rag" by Miss Della, No/So Carolina. Interview by Stephanie Williams on De Alba, (Internet, New Orleans). "Dawn's News-Letter", Nevada, MO. Flashback with Ms Bob (Part 1 & Part 2) "An Interview with David de Alba" for LadyLike Magazine, PA., USA. The Weekly Observer, Tucson, Arizona Interview by Billy Tweedie on De Alba, (Internet, PA) Interview by Thomas Lynch on De Alba, (Internet, NY) Induction into Eduardo Blanco's SonCubano Web site at "Diccionario and Actualidad Wings" (Internet, Florida) "David de Alba Wing Tribute" by StoneWall Society, (Internet, Louisiana) "Spanish Songs CD Review", "Finocchio Club Backstage Memoirs and Rare Recordings, Volume 1 and Volume 2, CD Reviews" and "David Sings Then & Now CD Review" by Irish Music Critic Billy Tweedie (Internet, PA) Interview by Steve Trebon on David de Alba for GayBay.net, (Internet, Florida) "Spanish Songs CD Review" by Len/Codi of StoneWall Society (Internet, Louisiana) David was nominated by Dianne Wagner in the Year 2002 under the category "Best Historical Impersonation / Not Living" to the International Guild of Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists In Genny Random's 2,002 Italian Film "Rosa Mix" some of David's vocals from his Spanish Songs CD were featured (Italy) David was nominated by StoneWall Society for their "Favourite Pride 2002 Musician Award" for his theme song:"I'm Gonna Live Until I Die" (Internet, Louisiana) "Upon Request CD Review" by Linda La Blanche (Internet, Europe) Interview by Patrick "Pat" Lux on de Alba (Internet, San Diego, California). Interview and Review on "David de Alba as Boy-Chic" CD by Linda La Blanche (Internet, Europe). Induction into the "Famous Drag Divas Web site" (Internet, San Antonio, Texas) CD Review on David Sings Classic Pop by Charles Dougherty (Internet, USA). Interview on David and Induction into "The Classic Female Impersonation Hall of Fame" by FI Chris Lee, (Internet, Florida). 2 Videos Reviews by Linda La Blanche (Internet, Europe). Interview by Ms. Vicki Rene, (Internet, Florida). Mark J. Seydel's On-Line Interview. (Internet, PA). UC Berkeley Interview, (Internet, N.CA). Interview by Amapola, (Internet,London). Mercedes L. García Spanish Article, (Internet, Puerto Rico) Review-Journal View, Las Vegas, NV, Jan, 2007, July, 2008.Las Vegas Review Journal, 2010, Norm Clark, Columnist and Jan Hogan, Staff Writer. Las Vegas Weekly, Mar. 2011, Article "Impersonators of Finocchio Club" David de Alba & Lavern Cummings. PTG Magazine - Editor Barbara Jean Jasen, retrospective article. Las Vegas Review Journal, Aug. 2011, article by Kristi Jourdan.LIVE Magazine, Palm Springs, CA, Sept. 2011, article by Julie Ragsdale, Editor.

  • Journalism; Original Online Theatrical Interviews conducted by David

    Marlo Adame, Brent Allen,Amapola, Jim Bailey, Carlos Candiani, The Lady Chablis, Gladys Chucklebutty, Phyl Craig, René De Carlo, Criselda Crescini, Gary Dee, Carmen del Río, Ulrich Cazal, Buddy Ebsen, Jimmy Emerson, Dr. Lawrence Foster, Robert Goulet, James "Gypsy" Haake, Allison Hensel, David James, Jimmy James, Brian Keith, Wynnie La Freak, Verne Langdon, Danny La Rue, Lane Lassiter, Anita Mann, Manuela, Frank Marino, Marilyn Michaels, John Anthony Miller, Edward Moss, Jackie Phillips, Robin Price, Genny Random, Ron Raymond, Ricky Renée, Robbie Ross, Shaundriana, Beverly Shields, Richard Skipper, Miss Smokee, Morgan Stevens, Jimmy Tai, Walter!, Steven Wayne, David Webb, Stephanie Williams, Tommy, Libby Reynolds,Tobi Marsh, Donny West, Holly White, Pat Lux, Simon Craig, Laurie Knight, Lee Shaw.

  • Awards

    Achievement award; "Preserving San Francisco's Memories" Presented by author/historian James R. Smith, June, 2010.

  • Books

    Featured in "This is Lady Patra North" by Donny West. "San Francisco's Lost Landmarks" by James R. Smith. Chicago Noir, (Page 73) by Achy Obejas. A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago, (Page 154) by Kathie Bergquist & Robert McDonald.

  • CDs

    In the years 2002 - 2007 David de Alba has recorded the following 11 CDs: Spanish song CDs, Volume 1 & 2, "A Loving Tribute to Olga Chorens and Tony Alvarez"; CDs "Volume 1 & Volume 2", "The Legendary David de Alba 'Live' at Finocchio Club 1971 to 1987 Backstage Memoirs & Rare Recordings"; "David Sings Then & Now"; "Upon Request"; "David de Alba as Boy-Chic Sings in Spanish and English"; "David de Alba Sings Classic Pop".  "David de Alba, Songs Worth Remembering".   Single; Verne Langdon's "Carousel Dreams", "Still in the Groove!"   and "My Latin Roots".

  • Videos

    In May 2003 Alba/Ryner LTD released a video in VHS format: "The Cuban Legend David de Alba - Memories of His Live Performances, Vol.1".   In Jan. 2004 Vol.2 was released. In February, 2007 Alba/Ryner LTD released a video in DVD format: "A Tribute to Judy Garland" taped live at The Winchester Cultural Center Theater in Las Vegas, NV.

How to reach me:  paulryner@cox.net

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