Cel­e­brat­ing Si­na­tra in swell style

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - Sara Fitz­patrick

THE mu­sic starts, lyrics kick in and whether you like it or not, you find your­self in a piv­otal mo­ment in time.

Emo­tion takes hold as the mem­o­ries flood in and you’re met with the pang of heart­break, surge of lust or twinge of teenage angst.

Most of us can think of a song that has this ef­fect.

For Syd­ney vo­cal­ist-trom­bon­ist, Dan Bar­nett, that tune is Frank Si­na­tra’s In the Wee Small Hours of the Morn­ing, and the mo­ment is em­brac­ing his sig­nif­i­cant other.

“I’m in the mid­dle of a long-dis­tance love af­fair with a French woman and that song holds a spe­cial place for me,” Bar­nett said.

“The lyrics are about think­ing of a per­son in the wee small hours of the morn­ing.

“When Si­na­tra recorded it, he was go­ing through one of his in­fa­mous mar­riage break-ups (with sec­ond wife Ava Gard­ner) and that comes out in the song.

“Com­mu­ni­cat­ing the feel­ings you were hav­ing in your life at that time is a pretty spe­cial thing to be able to do through song.”

Com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of Si­na­tra’s birth, Bar­nett per­forms clas­sic big-band hits of the ’50s and ’60s with the WA Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra (WAYJO) and WAYJO Strings.

“This is such a clas­sic era of song writ­ing, when a lot of the great Amer­i­can song­writ­ers were in their prime,” Bar­nett said.

“And that’s why a lot of that mu­sic keeps get­ting recorded – it has a time­less thing go­ing on.”

A renowned trom­bon­ist, Bar­nett took up the in­stru­ment dur­ing his high school years.

“Although my fa­ther was a great jazz mu­si­cian, he said to me, ‘What­ever you do, don’t bring a trom­bone home’,” the muso said.

“I brought home a eu­pho­nium and didn’t re­ally like it that much, so the next week I thought, ‘Stuff it, I’m go­ing to bring a trom­bone home’, which I did.

“To his credit, about three weeks later my fa­ther brought me my own trom­bone be­cause he could hear im­me­di­ately that it was some­thing I could play.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing A Swell Af­fair should dress in vintage garb.

Bar­nett will don his finest suit.

Dan Bar­nett.

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