Top artists pay trib­ute to Si­na­tra cen­te­nary


Just about ev­ery pop­u­lar song Frank Si­na­tra recorded and sang in his glit­ter­ing six-decade ca­reer will be per­formed at a spe­cial trib­ute in the Re­gent on Broad­way next month.

The Manawatu Stan­dard, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Re­gent on Broad­way Pro­mo­tions and sup­ported by the United States Em­bassy, presents Si­na­tra Lives – The First 100 Years on Satur­day, April 9.

Old Blue Eyes was born on De­cem­ber 12, 1915, and the world is cel­e­brat­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to pop­u­lar mu­sic and jazz dur­ing this cen­te­nary year.

The in­cred­i­ble line-up who will per­form the Si­na­tra spe­cial fea­tures Ray Woolf, Grant Sullivan and Steve Car­lin with The Rodger Fox Big Band along with spe­cial guest Erna Ferry.

How­ever, it’s the Si­na­tra songs that the au­di­ence will come to hear and they in­clude ev­ery­thing from Come Fly With Me to the age­less My Way.

Supremo mu­si­cian Rodger Fox fo­cuses on four ma­jor al­bums Si­na­tra recorded dur­ing his life­time – Si­na­tra – Basie: An His­toric Mu­si­cal First, Si­na­tra at the Sands, Duets and The Main Event – Live, a 1974 tele­vi­sion spe­cial.

In­cluded in those record­ings are the great songs that made him the cul­tural, cross-over icon that he be­came.

In his 63-year ca­reer he evolved from love­able rogue to the stylish and swag­ger­ing Chair­man of the Board. In do­ing so he cre­ated a show­biz leg­end.

The first mon­tage of songs in­cludes such num­bers as Come Fly With Me, Lady is a Tramp, My Funny Valen­tine, You Make Me Feel So Young and One For My Baby.

Then Ray Woolf, New Zealand’s great­est Si­na­tra ex­po­nent, adds his in­ter­pre­ta­tion to Witch­craft, Night and Day, I Get a Kick Out of You, Strangers in the Night and The Best is Yet to Come.

In­ter­spersed in that trib­ute will be the duets, Some­thing Stupid, You Can’t Take That Away From Me and I’ve Got the World on a String with Erna Ferry.

Grant Sullivan and Steve Car­lin then per­form the Si­na­tra stan­dards, My Kind of Town, Too Close for Com­fort, On a Clear Day and That’s Life.

The fi­nal trib­utes, in­volv­ing all the artists, are Mack the Knife, My Way and New York, New York.

Si­na­tra had a dis­tinc­tive voice and the stel­lar line-up of singers will in­ter­pret his mu­sic in their own dis­tinc­tive way, how­ever, New Zealand’s fore­most big band leader, Rodger Fox, has ar­ranged all of the num­bers in the lush and sen­sa­tional style of the leg­endary bands that ac­com­pa­nied Si­na­tra over the years.

When you hear Count Basie, Neal Hefti, Gor­don Jenk­ins, Quincy Jones and Nel­son Rid­dle, think Rodger Fox as he cre­ates a mem­o­rable trib­ute to the man who was not just the em­bod­i­ment of Amer­i­can mu­sic but an ac­tor, pro­ducer and di­rec­tor.

Si­na­tra Lives: The First Hun­dred Years, star­ring Ray Woolf, Grant Sullivan, Steve Car­lin and the Rodger Fox Big Band with spe­cial guest Erna Ferry and di­rected by Pat Snox­ell is be­ing staged at the Re­gent On Broad­way on Satur­day, April 9 at 7.30pm. Book­ings at Tick­et­Di­rect.

Erna Ferry is a spe­cial guest at the one-off per­for­mance of Si­na­tra Lives – The First 100 Years in the Re­gent on Broad­way on Satur­day, April 9.

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