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Bethlehem, Pa., October 19, 2006—Lou Lanza and the big band ensemble will present a concert, “Remembering Frankie,” at Moravian College on Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, located at the Hurd Center for Music and Art in Historic Bethlehem. The evening’s performance is a tribute to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birthday with songs from his early repertoire (1939-1952).
The program will showcase Sinatra favorites, All or Nothing at All, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, Day by Day, and Put Your Dreams Away, and also will render a few less well-know arrangements including, Farewell, Farewell to Love, Walking in the Sunshine, and You’re Awful. Lanza, a native Philadelphian, inherited his talents from a musical family. His father is a classical violinist, his late mother was a classical pianist, organist and music teacher, and his grandfather was an opera singer. He recorded his debut album, The Road Not Taken, in 1995. Other releases include Corner Pocket, Shadows and Echoes, An Intimate Portrait in Blue, and Opening Doors: a Jazz Tribute to the Doors. He was honored to be included among the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time in a book, “The Jazz Singer” by respected jazz critic/author, Scott Yanow. It’s been said that listening to Lanza's CDs, “one hears a singer who has developed his style by paying close attention to a variety of artists--not only male jazz singers, but also, jazz instrumentalists, female jazz singers and classic pop crooners like Sinatra.” Lanza notes that "I feel that I'm a bit of a wild card and that I'm a combination of a lot of different influences." Currently he is artist-lecturer in jazz voice at Moravian College, and additionally directs the Jazz Vocal Ensemble at the college.
The big band performers are, Tony Gairo, alto saxophone, Larry McKenna tenor saxophone, John Swana trumpet, Clint Sharman, trombone, Tom Lawton, piano, Jimmy Bruno, guitar, Madison Rast, acoustic bass, and Dan Monaghan, drums. Gairo teaches jazz saxophone, jazz flute, and jazz history at Moravian College. Kelly Meenan is female vocalist for the concert.
Sinatra’s early period spans time with the Henry James Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, his first singles with RCA Bluebird, and his record contract with Columbia. Recordings from this era are “Fools Rush In,” “Night and Day,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “Ol’ Man River,” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You.”
General admission is $15; $10 for students, seniors, and children under 12. Foy Concert Hall is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem.