Sinatra Birthday Bash 2013 Cast
Zack Alexander is a senior at Middletown High School South. He has performed numerous solo/ensemble pieces in various school functions and debuted his acting skills in the Spring Musical, Cabaret. He plans to pursue a Performing and Media Production degree in college.
James Anthony is an award winning vocalist with a very smooth and unique gritty warmth to his tone giving a wonderful perspective to the song’s story such as Blues In The Night and Old Man River. As a result of a great love and understanding of the “Great American Songbook”, James performs and works to keep his vocals in shape and keeps the essence of the big band swing era jazz music alive.
After serving honorably for 6 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy, James returned to music to begin a successful music career in Los Angeles and Vegas. Performing as a session drummer/percussionist and backup singer with RCA Record Label talents, talents from other labels, and touring with the huge GMA Agency’s artists during the 80s. James resides in Washington DC area and continues working with Orchestras and bands across the USA with his show performing with artists from the past and present.
The New Jersey based vocalist, who was smitten with the jazz bug years ago when she heard Sarah Vaughan’s landmark Sassy Swings Again, has always had a deep affection for blues and R&B. Over the years, she has performed throughout the metropolitan area at clubs, restaurants and events. She released First Glance, her first recording of standards, in 1996 and returned in May 1999 with her second CD, A Close Call With Love. Her latest, A Little Bit Blue, was released in April this year.
Rosemary Conte is an acclaimed jazz singer, voice teacher, promoter of jazz and its artists, and one of the original handful of people who founded the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival/Foundation. Her 50-year career includes performances in all type mediums and venues in the metro area with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, John Colianni, The Les Paul Trio, Harry Allen, Rob Paparozzi, Barry Harris, Jon Burr, Gary Mazzaroppi, and Vinnie Corrao. She’s been “first teacher” to rock hero-sons Steve Conte, John Conte, and countless popular Jersey Shore singers and musicians. Formerly voice teacher at Monmouth University and The Count Basie Cool School, Rosemary’s private practice is in Matawan, NJ.
The first place winner of the 2013 Sinatra Idol Contest in Hoboken, N.J., Mario Cruz was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1952. The Father of three children, he studied at the National University of El Salvador to become and ESL teacher. His music career began when he started singing the music of Sinatra at friendly gatherings around his current hometown of Guttenberg, N.J. Lately, he has been performing at various restaurants in the Hudson County area.
Blessed with Serene, ethereal beauty and a magnificent, highly versatile voice, Michelle DellaFave put all of her strengths to full use as one of the longest-running female regulars in the history of the Dean Martin Show. Born in New York City and raised in Bergenfield, NJ, she studied music and dance from a very early age. After working as a Copa Girl at New York’s famed Copacobana nightclub, she auditioned for and was selected to be one of The Golddiggers, a group of twelve gorgeous young female singer-dancers who performed as regulars on Dean Martin’s very popular weekly NBC television series. Michelle joined the group in time for the final episodes of the 1968 season, and was later selected as part of the elite group on the show, the Ding-a Ling Sisters. During her time on the show, she also traveled both the country and the world with both groups, playing nightclubs and other venues, accompanying Bob Hope on USO tours of Vietnam, and popping up on a wide range of other television shows including the Tonight Show. Since leaving Dean Martin, Michelle has remained active in the entertainment business even while starting and raising a family. She has illuminated the stage, earning plaudits for her many roles including those of real-life Holocaust survivor Fania Fenelon in “Playing for Time” and the calculating Claire Zachanassian in “The Visit.” Amidst all this activity, she has also found time to relaunch her singing career, releasing the albums “Cool Burn,” and “Transformed” in the last decade.
Deborah Dutcher’s career as an actress and singer on stage, film, television, CD and DVD includes well-received performances in Europe and the U.S. She made her London West End debut as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in 2001, after touring the U.K. and Germany with the show. She rejoined the cast a decade later for the show’s 25th Anniversary Performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London, which was broadcast to cinemas worldwide and on PBS and released on DVD. Her voice graces the Goldene Europa Award-winning original cast album of the German version of Les Misérables as Cosette. Having originated the role in both Germany and Belgium, she is also on the Flemish cast album of the show. Deborah has had the pleasure of singing with the London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Ball and Sarah Brightman. She performed the National Anthem before a nationwide TV audience for the Washington Redskins football team. And she once entertained former Vice President Al Gore and the President of Botswana while sporting the million-dollar Stefano Canturi necklace that Nicole Kidman wore in Moulin Rouge, complete with 1,308 diamonds weighing 134 carats. Her real best friends, however, are husband Donovan Mannato, a Broadway producer and her young son Donovan Andrew. Her last performance at the Count Basie Theatre was as Anna, the female lead in The King & I.
Joe Ferrara is a singer and entertainer who has honed his skills not within the safe confines of academia, but in nightclubs, bars, lounges, concert halls, and other stages throughout North America. His experiences as a steadily working musician and performer in jazz bands, rock groups, Avantgarde ensembles, and in theater, have shaped the young Mr. Ferrara into the well rounded performer that he is today. A wearer of many musical hats, Joe Ferrara is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and recording engineer. As vocalist and primary songwriter for the rock band Father Divine, he has performed on stages throughout the United States and Canada, and shared bills with artists such as Fishbone, Seplutura, and Stone Temple Pilots. He has also worked as a nightclub entertainer with various acts in the greater New York area such as Harvey and The Wallbangers and The Amish Outlaws. With the upcoming release of the album “Caged Hearts,” Joe has endeavored to reinvigorate big band vocal music with a fresh and original approach that incorporates influences from all facets of sound.
Canadian-born ex-figure skater Patrice Jégou holds a doctorate in vocal performance. Her upcoming CD, due out February 2014, features jazz greats Take 6, Kirk Whalum and Conrad Herwig.
Lou Orrichio has been a musician since he was eight years old. He plays several instruments and loves singing the great songs of the past. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and currently resides in Millstone Township New Jersey.
Tony Sands first recognized his knack for emulating Ol’ Blue Eyes when he was a teenager.“I never tried to change my vocals to imitate or impersonate Frank. It just came out naturally,” he says.The most important thing for any performer is when you sing a song, you have to sing it from the heart and with feeling. If you don’t feel the song, it won’t get across to the audience. And every song Frank Sinatra sang, he projected that feeling.”