Screen shot 2013-02-03 at 8.53.08 AMI’ll be stepping away from the mike for a couple of weeks.  We’ll be in Boston.

Anxious to get there too!  It’s my first visit.

So, this blog covers our look ahead to Chapters Ten and Eleven of the SONGBOOK.

Two Sneak Peeks in one!






For half a century, Emil Richards has remained among the busiest percussionists in the business.

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Emil Richards

Mingus, Como, Garland, Shearing, Ray Charles, Basie and more.  From Nat Cole to George Harrison to Jerry Goldsmith, Emil has played with them all.

From jazz clubs, to movie sound stages, to record dates and even the classroom, Mr. Richards continues to make his presence matter.  In the studio and on the road, Emil was Sinatra’s vibraphonist of choice.

Not long ago, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of Frank’s Reprise years, part of a four-day celebration of Sinatra, staged in Los Angeles.

download-12 A candid moment from our seminar, with the great Johnny Mandel, screen-center and tucked behind the mike.  On your left is Emil, sharing his thoughts.

Emil Richards will do the same for us when we open Chapter Ten of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK Saturday, November 23 at 6pm and Sunday, November 24 at 8am Eastern time on Metromedia Radio (metromediaradio.net)..

Emil-FS Emil and Frank touring in the sixties            emil richards.com

Emil returns for Chapter Eleven of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK, Saturday, November 30 at 6pm Eastern and Sunday, December 1 at 8am Eastern time, again on Metromedia Radio (metromediaradio.net).

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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  I know, that’s two holiday lyrics bundled together.   I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

winter_scene_27To my U.S. listeners, Happy Thanksgiving.  To my international audience, may your holiday season be filled with happiness and peace.

And please, this season,  touch the life of someone less fortunate.

to be continued…

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