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  • Diane Bressler
    Diane Bressler Antioch Illinois
    Congratulations, This is absolutely amazing. Nice job. Maybe you will still no a number in memory of your eldest sister, Rita. That would make it even more special.

    Congratulations, This is absolutely amazing. Nice job. Maybe you will still no a number in memory of your eldest sister, Rita. That would make it even more special.

  • Lisa Van Cott Pendergast
    Lisa Van Cott Pendergast N California
    What a stunning success in life! And I knew you when....

    What a stunning success in life! And I knew you when....

  • Bobbie Fromberg
    Bobbie Fromberg
    Dear Ned, I am very proud of you; two cruise lines. That's terrific, but you are a terrific guy blessed with a great gift...a sensational singing voice. Break a leg and continue to root for The Lakers.

    Dear Ned,
    I am very proud of you; two cruise lines. That's terrific, but you are a terrific guy blessed with a great gift...a sensational singing voice. Break a leg and continue to root for The Lakers.

  • Linda Rifken Oestmann
    Linda Rifken Oestmann
    Congratulations! This news is very good! It doesn't surprise me how good your reviews are. Things seem to be looking up. I am so very proud of you.

    Congratulations! This news is very good! It doesn't surprise me how good your reviews are. Things seem to be looking up. I am so very proud of you.

  • Kaye Stone
    Kaye Stone
    Hi Ned, Where in the heck have you been???It has been too long!!!! I miss that wonderful voice of yours. Love,Your number one fan. Kaye

    Hi Ned, Where in the heck have you been???It has been too long!!!! I miss that wonderful voice of yours. Love,Your number one fan. Kaye

  • Sally
    Sally
    Saw you at the showcase yesterday! You were the greatest! Can't wait to see you perform in Orange County soon!

    Saw you at the showcase yesterday! You were the greatest! Can't wait to see you perform in Orange County soon!

  • jill hausner
    jill hausner
    Hi Ned, enjoyed talking to you on the plane. Loved you voice and songs. My wed site is www.abadia31@hotmail.com. Would love to have you and your girl friend visit. jill

    Hi Ned, enjoyed talking to you on the plane. Loved you voice and songs. My wed site is www.abadia31@hotmail.com. Would love to have you and your girl friend visit. jill

  • Monta Lea Kramer
    Monta Lea Kramer
    Jeff and I had business, but got to chatting. I was so pleased to hear of your talent and what you do with it. You went to Coleman school with Marjorie Kiehl, and Cynthia Kiehl. Marjorie had the school girl crush on "Dear Ned" as she refered to you. Your Dad and Mom were friends of my husband Frank Kramer, and we enjoyed their home and our visits with them when we traveled to Elgin. I have not viewed your offerings, yet, but Jeff spoke with such enthusiasm of your talent so I will go on your site and get me some :-). Congratulations on your sucess and the enjoyment you find with it. Monta Lea Kramer 1102 Alta Vista Drive Rapid City, SD 57701 (my childhood home)

    Jeff and I had business, but got to chatting. I was so pleased to hear of your talent and what you do with it. You went to Coleman school with Marjorie Kiehl, and Cynthia Kiehl. Marjorie had the school girl crush on "Dear Ned" as she refered to you.

    Your Dad and Mom were friends of my husband Frank Kramer, and we enjoyed their home and our visits with them when we traveled to Elgin.

    I have not viewed your offerings, yet, but Jeff spoke with such enthusiasm of your talent so I will go on your site and get me some :-). Congratulations on your sucess and the enjoyment you find with it.

    Monta Lea Kramer
    1102 Alta Vista Drive
    Rapid City, SD 57701 (my childhood home)

  • Pamela Digardi
    Pamela Digardi
    Hi Ned. A couple of years ago I saw you on a Mexico cruise. I thought you were great! Talked to you after the show and you said you have family in Sacramento? Hopefully someday you may do a show there so I can see you again. I'm not planning a Mexico or Alaska cruise, so...Glad to see you are much loved by all those happy travelers. Good luck and hope to see you again.

    Hi Ned. A couple of years ago I saw you on a Mexico cruise. I thought you were great! Talked to you after the show and you said you have family in Sacramento?
    Hopefully someday you may do a show there
    so I can see you again. I'm not planning a Mexico or Alaska cruise, so...Glad to see you are much loved by all those happy travelers. Good luck and hope to see you again.

  • Sherry Kent
    Sherry Kent
    Hello from Sherry Kent, from Coleman Elementary & Larsen Jr. High. We moved away from Elgin in 1969. I remember you as the funniest boy in school. And I still crack up thinking about the day your mom had the principal announce on the intercom that your mother said to go home and make your bed! I'm a computer programmer and married to Jack Helbig, a writer. We were just in LA for the opening of Jack's show, Girl Grouch Goat at Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills. It's a musical comedy. Jack wrote the book and his writing partner Mark Hollmann (who wrote the songs for Urinetown) wrote the songs. You're probably off somewhere on a cruise, so you don't get to catch shows. Anyway, I enjoyed your website. Sherry

    Hello from Sherry Kent, from Coleman Elementary & Larsen Jr. High. We moved away from Elgin in 1969. I remember you as the funniest boy in school. And I still crack up thinking about the day your mom had the principal announce on the intercom that your mother said to go home and make your bed!
    I'm a computer programmer and married to Jack Helbig, a writer. We were just in LA for the opening of Jack's show, Girl Grouch Goat at Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills. It's a musical comedy. Jack wrote the book and his writing partner Mark Hollmann (who wrote the songs for Urinetown) wrote the songs. You're probably off somewhere on a cruise, so you don't get to catch shows. Anyway, I enjoyed your website.
    Sherry

Ned Rifken has performed as a Guest Headline Entertainer in over 2000 performances as the official "Ambassador of Swing" for Carnival, Holland America, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea & Seabourne Cruise Lines.   

On March 5th 2020 Ned performed one of the most celebrated concerts ever to be recorded. Sinatra at the Sands Live.  

Esteemed Drummer and Conductor Michael Berkowitz led the KSDS Jazz Orchestra playing the original arrangements from this famous engagement. Singer, Ned Rifken, one of the foremost Sinatra-styled vocalists, is billed as the “Ambassador of Swing” and he will transport you back in time with his interpretations of these Sinatra-Basie classics.  

In December of 2019, he was the featured male vocalist performing in the Holiday show " Holly Jolly Pops" with the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michael Berkowitz. He also performed in the "Pops" James Bond Tribute "Bond and Beyond" concert which was held on February 23rd 2020, at the Luther Burbank Center. 

In 2018 Ned was featured as the M.C. and "Boy Singer" in the Nationally Touring Company of "Battle Of The Big Bands - 2" Glenn Miller vs Harry James. Performing several shows throughout the State of California. 

On land, his performances have numbered in the hundreds singing at countless events in the Southern California area. Including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Songwriters Association Tribute to Ray Evans, Palos Verde Jazz Festival, City of Beverly Hills, City of Brentwood, L.A. Jazz Sweet and Hot Festival and Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport, to name a few. 

Well known for his vast musical library he sings the beloved classic arrangements from the best of the "Great American Songbook." His tribute to “Sinatra at the Sands” has been performed to sold-out audiences in Southern and Northern California receiving great acclaim. 

Over the past 25 years, he has also performed and been associated with well-known studio musicians who have been associated with almost every iconic music organization from the 20th Century. These mentors of all ages have worked with the likes of Brian Setzer, The Manhattan Transfer, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and many more! 

These are just some of the Big Bands that he has performed with: 

Randy Van Horne's Alumni Association, Johnny Vana's Alumni Band, Decades - Rock Tribute Band, Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights, Bill Webster's Unabridged Big Band, Tim Davies Big Band, Geo Valle's Swing City, Paul McDonald Big Band, Late Nite Big Band, Rex Merriweather's Not Your Father's Big Band, The Conejo Pops Orchestra and The Bob Noval Orchestra.   

Since moving to Santa Rosa California in 2016 he has been performing regularly with the prestigious “Wednesday Night Big Band” which has been made up of the best musicians in Sonoma County for over 30 years. 

His Jazz Combo Quartet "Ned Rifken and the Hipmunks," have performed at countless events in the Southern California region, including a residency at the famous “The Grove.” Their CD called “No Worries” features Ned’s original song of the same title. The CD also features legendary actor/artist/comedian/musician Martin Mull playing the guitar on Ned’s version of Martin’s song “Flexible.”