however, it was the 1979 tour with Paul McCartney and Wings which prompted him to go full time. He also began to perform in jazz festivals. In 1981, Okin appeared on The Parkinson Show and also, due to the comedy that he used in his folk-club act, was invited by Nigel Planer to perform at The Comic Strip comedy club. This led to his second career on the alternative comedy circuit, where he remains a headline act. However, his act continues to be a musical one.
In 1983, he also began to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe where he performed over 500 shows but has never neglected either his songwriting or development as a jazz singer/musician, with a special interest in the Brazilian music known as Bossa Nova. He gives concerts in Brazil from time to time, as well as touring his one-man show, a mixture of music and comedy. He performs on television in several countries, but especially Brazil, Australia, and Germany. He has also performed at most major venues in London, from the Royal Albert and Festival Halls to The Palladium and Wembley Arena. Apart from self-published LPs, he has had CDs issued by BMG in Germany and Austria and SONY in the U.K. He has recorded two CDs, one of jazz and bossa nova, Bossa Britanica, and, more recently a CD of his songs in various genres called Songs from a Garden Shed. Read more on Last.fm.
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