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Swing a Song of Sinatra TONIGHT at 92Y

July 28, 2015
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large_ellThat’s right music lovers, it’s that time of year again! Jazz in July curated for the last 20 years by piano heart throb Bill Charlap does it big this evening with Kurt Elling and The Sinatra Songbook!

Here are few words from Mr. Charlap…

Frank Sinatra is American popular song. The voice, the phrasing, the attitude: these qualities make him the single most important popular vocalist of all time. He put his definitive stamp on so many great songs: “One for My Baby,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Witchcraft,” “Deep in a Dream,” “Only the Lonely,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” and many other masterpieces. For American jazz musicians, Sinatra, the songs he sang, and the way he sang them are part of our DNA. I am pleased to celebrate his legacy during this summer’s Jazz in July festival with Swing a Song of Sinatra on Tuesday, July 28.

The finest jazz musicians have always held Sinatra in the highest esteem. Miles Davis once said, “I’ve learned a lot about phrasing from listening to Frank Sinatra.” Pianist Lennie Tristano—who was very discerning about the musicians he directed his students towards—often assigned them Sinatra’s phrasing to study as the paradigm of what rhythmic swing is all about.

Sinatra always showed great respect for the musicians he worked with. Artists such as Count Basie, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, pianist Bill Miller, and arrangers such as Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and Don Costa were always given recognition for their immeasurable contributions. Sinatra had a deep connection with the great songwriters, who included Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn and Johnny Mercer, and he made it his business to acknowledge them as well.

Kurt Elling continues to expand upon Sinatra’s legacy. His magnificent voice and insightful way with a lyric place him first in line with the best singers of today’s generation. Cornetist Warren Vaché and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen know just about every song ever written. They both play with an understanding that goes beyond the notes to embrace the meaning of the lyric. Bassist Peter Washington has the pulse, swagger and sophistication of Sinatra’s world of dance and romance, and from trios to big bands, drummer Kenny Washington has a natural ability to orchestrate and a profound commitment to the essence of swing.

All of these musicians are the perfect players for an evening celebrating the songs Sinatra sang. Join us as we put our unique stamp on the legacy of the Chairman of the Board.


Get tix here and we will see YOU there!

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