WELCOME BACK

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We feel Mr. Bush’s frustration.   Technology had its way with our Chapter Seven presentation on March 24th and 25th.  The intended hour never made air.  Our apologies.   So what’s the THE SINATRA SONGBOOK plan for next week?

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Al Viola

As promised, our guest will be Frank’s legendary guitarist, Al Viola.   Enjoy Al’s stories of life in the studio and on the road with FS.  We’ll go for it,  Saturday, March 30 at 6pm Eastern and Sunday, March 31 at 8am Eastern on Metromedia Radio, metromediaradio.net.

 

THE ART OF MERRYL JAYE

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To me, this portrait captures the essence of Francis Albert at work?

Following a successful career as a singer and songwriter, LA-based artist Merryl Jaye draws on her experience to capture the true emotion of our jazz greats in live performance.

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This is a brief sampling of Ms. Jaye’s stunning artwork.  I consider Merryl’s gift with a brush on par with that of  legendary jazz photographer, Herman Leonard.  If you don’t know Herman Leonard’s work, do some “Googling”. 

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I encourage you to visit Merryl Jaye’s online gallery.

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BUILDING YOUR COLLECTION

Last week, we shifted our focus to adding a select list of box sets to your Sinatra Library.  This is an important release.

Complete Columbia

The Columbia Years  (1943-1952) In 1942, Sinatra left the Dorsey band, having decided a career as a soloist was the logical next step.  He took arranger-conductor, Axel Stordahl with him.  For the most part, the songs Sinatra sang in this period were innocent, sweeping expressions of love.  Stordahl’s smart arranging is the perfect compliment.  This ten CD collection of the complete Columbia catalog also features a rich volume of commentary and perspective of this most important chapter of the Sinatra story.  My favorite tracks from these years?  If You Are But a Dream, She’s Funny That Way, Laura,  All the Things You Are and I’m a Fool to Want You.

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to be continued…