Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. that’s about all I can say to all of you who attended our annual Sinatra Birthday Bash last night at the Count Basie Theatre. Thank you also to all those who helped make this such a successful event- A virtual sell-out! All the folks at the theatre, my crackerjack crew – Peter, Roberto and Boris – our Board of Directors, my beautiful Cathy and all our volunteers, made it possible and so much fun.
I can also say congrats to the wonderful singers (all 14 of them) who graced the stage with great renditions of such a variety of tunes performed in tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes. It was such a pleasure to work with this years cast, each one a superbly talented performer in their own right and each with such a good attitude and sense of professionalism. I hope I have forged some long lasting friends and we can all keep in touch and who knows maybe there will be opportunities for more performances down the road. And, of course, the band! The 18 piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra really gave it their all. Keep a lookout for more events with this group in the coming year.
I am also so proud of our “Jazz Arts Academy” students who took the stage for their own rendition of “in A Sentimental Mood.” these kids totally stepped it up and played great! The crowd really responded to these young performers!
We will try to put up some photos and clips from the show on this site sometime soon. Meanwhile, next up is the Jazz Academy Showcase at Zebu’s in Red Bank this Sunday Night. I hope to see you all at our future events!
Keep it swinging!
Joe Muccioli (Mooche)