Sinatra Birthday Bash
A production of the Count Basie Theatre and Jazz Arts Project, Sinatra Birthday Bash takes place each year on Frank Sinatra’s birthday as a tribute performance to “Old Blue Eyes.” The finest saloon singers, all selected by audition specifically for this performance, take the Count Basie Theatre stage backed by the 17-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra. The event is a musical celebration of the life and artistry of the one and only Frank Sinatra.
Under the musical direction of Joe Muccioli, who Jazzwise Magazine says works with “a maximum of authenticity,” the cast sings the great songs of the American Songbook, the tunes associated with Sinatra during his long career. The Sinatra Birthday Bash is not a costume and wig show, but a sincere, respectful tribute in music and song to one of New Jersey’s favorite and most famous sons, performed by the finest singers working in Jersey today.
In its debut year, close to 200 singers (including Major Rory Aylward who emailed his audition materials from Afghanistan) submitted their resumes and samples of their vocal work to the Count Basie Theatre for consideration. Following an evaluation process, winners were selected to participate in the 2008 Sinatra Birthday Bash.