I’m on my way to Sydney, Australia!

Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 6.16.52 PMThe Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra!

I’ll be working with my wonderful, talented Marcy, who is taking her gifted Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony on a musical tour that will include a performance in the famed Sydney Opera House.  What’s better than spreading peace through the international language of music?  That’s what they do… and brilliantly!


While we are away, some of my favorite SONGBOOK hours will be in-place for your enjoyment.  Starting with this weekend’s entries.  Here’s the rundown.


This weekend, Comparisons.  The American taste in popular music changed radically between the forties and the fifties. Consider the evolution of Frank Sinatra during the same period.  What a contrast!

Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 6.30.37 PMFrank with Axel Stordahl in the 40’s and with Nelson Riddle in the 50’s

From the lush and brilliant collaborations with arranger-conductor Axel Stordahl to the vibrant, heart-pumping inventions of arranger-conductor and music scene game-changer, Nelson Riddle, there emerges a stunningly confident and optimistic middle-aged singer.

The constant is the selection of material.  It would come from the pens of the greatest contributors to the American Popular Songbook.  Sinatra respected and trusted the integrity found in this body of work.  Of interest is how he would approach these classics, given his relative age and maturity at different career stages.

Join us for Comparisons, this Saturday, June 13 at 6pm ET and Sunday, June 14 at 8am ET.


Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 6.33.56 PMThen, the album Davi Sings Sinatra: on the Road to Romance, is an homage to Sinatra, his collaborators and the American popular songbook. The album hit and actor/singer Robert Davi never looked back. Hour one of our two-hour visit on Saturday, June 20 at 6pm ET and Sunday, June 21 at 8am ET.  Part two airs on Saturday, June 27 at 6pm ET and Sunday, June 28 at 8am ET.




Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 6.41.43 PMOver the July 4th weekend, a program many of you helped create.  I asked you to share your preferred, seldom-heard Sinatra titles and you really came through.  Seldom-Heard Sinatra is the result, Saturday, July 4th at 6pm ET and Sunday, July 5 at 8am ET.



Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 6.46.47 PMThe following week, Sinatra’s opening act for fourteen years, Tom Dreesen, shares his experiences, on-stage and off.  This is the first of two wonderful hours that so many of you have asked us to replay.  Listen on Saturday, July 11 at 6pm ET or Sunday, July 12 at 8am ET.


It’ all yours, exclusively on Metromedia Radio, (metromediaradio.net).  Listen Live link – http://tunein.com/radio/Metromedia-Radio-s203898/



Anywhere near Chicago’s Theater at the Center on June 12th and 13th?  That’s where our pal, Tom will be performing.

Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 6.06.16 PMOur radio visit is but a hint of what you’ll experience in this concert setting.  For more information, visit www.theatreatthecenter.com/OS_events-dreesen.asp



Screen shot 2015-06-02 at 12.44.21 PMTwo more chances to celebrate Nelson in this, his birthday month.  Tune in June 17 or June 28 at 11am ET.  Another Metromedia Radio exclusive!

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Me, The Pit Boss and You!

Ed & Mark_2 in orange frameA few years ago, yours truly and Sands Hotel Pit Boss, Ed Walters, joined forces at a four-day Sinatra Festival in Los Angeles.  We collaborated for a seminar focusing on the Rat Pack years. We shared wonderful stories of Ed’s time with Frank, Dean and Sammy.  From the epic Basie-Sands engagement, to the Rat Pack free-for-alls on the legendary Copa Room stage, Ed was front row center for the entire experience.  Those in attendance loved the LA seminar.  We certainly had a great time.  Now, we want to bring the seminar to you – LIVE!

Like to know more?  Direct your inquiries to me here or at my Mark Sudock Facebook page.

Let’s do this!


to be continued…

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