Ned Rifken, headline Entertainer, has performed in over 2,000 concerts worldwide for Holland America, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea & Seabourne Cruise Lines. Whether in China, Iceland, Tahiti or the Panama Canal, Ned wins over the hearts of audiences singing the beloved music from “The Great American Songbook.” He has toured year-round in Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico starring in Carnival Cruise Lines “Singing with the Big Band” and “Swing Time” as their one and only official “Ambassador of Swing.”
Based out of Los Angeles, Ned’s vocal talents have been featured at countless events in the Western United States including: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Vegas Casinos, Songwriters Association Tribute to Ray Evans, Palos Verde Jazz Festival, City of Beverly Hills, City of Brentwood, Performing Arts Centers, L.A. Jazz Sweet and Hot Festival and Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport, to name a few.
Here are just some of the Big Bands that Ned has performed with: Paul McDonald Big Band, the iconic Randy Van Horne's Alumni Association, Rex Merriweather’s Not Your Father's Big Band, Johnny Vana's Alumni Band, Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights, Bill Webster’s Unabridged Big Band, Tim Davies Big Band, Geo Valle's Swing City, Late Nite Big Band, The Conejo Pops Orchestra, The Bob Noval Orchestra and Decades - Rock Tribute Band.
Ned has had the honor of working with many legendary studio musicians who have been associated with practically every Grammy winning Big Band from the 20th Century. These artists have collaborated with Brian Setzer, The Manhattan Transfer, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and many more!
His traditional Jazz Quartet “Ned Rifken and the Hipmunks,” have performed at numerous events in the Southern California region, including a residency at the famous “The Grove in Beverly Hills.” Their CD titled “No Worries” features Ned’s original song of the same title. This classic Jazz CD features legendary actor/artist/comedian/musician Martin Mull playing guitar on Ned’s version of Martin’s song “Flexible.”