He’d be 93 years young this Friday, the Chairman of the Board. Alas, Hoboken’s most famous export died a decade ago.
But a dozen singers will honor Frank Sinatra that night by interpreting many of the tunes he made famous, and will do so on a stage named in honor of one of his favorite collaborators: William ‘Count’ Basie.
Among those lending their pipes to the tribute: an Army major just back from Afghanistan, an auto mechanic whos never performed in front of a real audience before, a father-son combo, a young aspiring actress and a well-known Jersey shore rocker.
This Ocean’s 12 lineup has been pulled together by Red Bank bandleader Joe Muccioli, who’ll front a 17-piece orchestra (and who turned down an invite to lead Frank Sinatra Jr.’s band the same night in Atlantic City).
Today’s Red Bank oRBit has all the details, plus an interview with Mooch on the whys and wherefores of today’s American jazz scene.
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