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.