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Frank Sinatra & Count Basie

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie:
The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- By the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra and Count Basie had already cemented their respective reputations as two of the most versatile and enduring entertainers of the 20th century. When these two titans united in the studio for recordings on Reprise -- Sinatra's own label, which he'd launched at the start of the decade -- the results were historic. The first album was simply titled Sinatra-Basie: An Historical Musical First, a 1963 release that climbed to the top five on Billboard's pop album charts over the course of a 42-week run. A year later, It Might As Well Be Swing rose to #13 during a 31-week stretch on the same charts.

On September 6, 2011, Concord Records will reissue both of these recordings in a single collection, Frank Sinatra & Count Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings. Under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the 20-song compilation is enhanced via digital restoration and remastering, and includes brand new liner notes from music journalist and historian Bill Dahl that provide historical context for these pivotal recordings. Also included are original anecdotes from Quincy Jones, who produced It Might As Well Be Swing.

"It's virtually impossible to imagine a more swinging combination than Frank Sinatra -- the premier pop vocalist of an adoring generation -- and the mighty orchestra of Count Basie," says Dahl in his liner notes. "Such a scintillating summit meeting actually unfolded not once but twice in the studio. This collection brings together both of these historic album-length collaborations, first out on the label Sinatra founded, Reprise. It's a thoroughly satisfying soiree."

Dahl provides background information about the history of Basie's orchestra in the decades leading up to the two recordings. He also discusses Sinatra's transition from Capitol to Reprise and the artistic freedom that came with it, as well as Neal Hefti's arrangements for both albums, Quincy Jones' production of the latter, and brief annotations of every song in the collection.

"Another memorable collection between the Chairman and the Count would soon be recorded for posterity by Reprise, [with Jones] arranging and conducting 1966's Sinatra at the Sands," says Dahl. "But even performing for those hip high rollers in Vegas couldn't top what Sinatra and Basie accomplished during these two studio collaborations. This was musical history in the making, as fabulously fresh and frisky now as it was back then. Let the swinging commence."

Pennies from Heaven
Please Be Kind
(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Looking at the World Thru Rose Colored Glasses
My Kind of Girl
I Only Have Eyes for You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Learnin' the Blues
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
I Won't Dance
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
I Wish You Love
I Believe in You
More [Theme from Mondo Cane]
I Can't Stop Loving You
Hello, Dolly! (from Hello, Dolly!)
I Wanna Be Around
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Good Life
Wives and Lovers

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For more information about The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings, please contact:
Cary Baker • (323) 656-1600 •
Lellie Capwell • Sacks & Co. • (818) 384-1180 • (For FSE)

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Dina says:
Aug 24, 2011 9:16 AM
I'm so excited! I just can't wait for this release. I love that photo too. FS in all his blue-eyed glory!

sabaue says:
Aug 24, 2011 12:34 PM
Awesome- my Christmas list keeps getting longer!

Sinatra Hats In Come Fly Away Tour



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STOCKTON, CA./NEW YORK, NY - (August 18, 2011) - "We're extremely excited that starring performers in the upcoming national tour of the Broadway Musical Come Fly Away--which opened in Atlanta, GA August 2--will be sporting four different models of our superb Dorfman Pacific Sinatra™ hats." said Douglas Highsmith, the leading headwear company's President and CEO, announcing that his company would provide the hats to the show. "Come Fly Away is a spectacular show and audiences around the country are going to love it--and our hats."

Come Fly Away, which opened in New York March 25, 2010 to enthusiastic reviews and continues to thrill existing Sinatra fans and create new ones in equal measure, follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. The 27-city nationwide touring production, produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc. under a special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, includes six dancers straight from the original Broadway and Las Vegas casts of Sinatra Dance With Me (Matthew Stockwell Dibble, Cody Green, Laurie Kanyok, Marielys Molina, John Selya and Ron Todorowski), together four new starring principals (Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Martin Harvey, Ramona Kelley and Christopher Vo).

To showcase the Sinatra™ hat collection, Frank Sinatra Enterprises will launch in early August. The website will feature updated information about the collection, photographs showing each hat and a list of authorized retailers. Select styles will be available for purchase directly through the website.

The timelessly stylish wool felt Sinatra™ hats that the dancers will wear include four of the most popular styles in the collection with a variety of fashion trims--two fedoras with 2 inch brims (FS1, in black or charcoal, and FS5 in black), a diamond shape with a 1 ½ inch brim (FS4, in black or charcoal), and a Porkpie with a striped ribbon (FS3 in black or grey). Dorfman Pacific is acknowledged as their provider in the program, and at each performance, a concession will be selling four of the hats featured in the show will be available for purchase--the fedora FS1 (black, charcoal) and the porkpie FS3 (black, grey).

Dorfman Pacific began to market the exciting new Sinatra™ collection of structured headwear under a 2010 agreement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises. The collection, which will shortly expand to include several spring/summer weight styles for 2012 and a more extensive selection of fall headwear, showcases various elegantly realized fedora styles that are representational of, and inspired by the styles worn by Sinatra. All feature traditional haberdashery with details such as silk linings, grosgrain ribbon trim, classic hatpins, and each one have his favorite color orange on its interior as a tribute to him.

"‘The Chairman of the Board' was always perfectly dressed for the occasion, always the epitome of elegance," said Highsmith, "and he was rarely if ever without a perfectly selected hat. The Sinatra™ hat collection makes it possible for everyone who aspires to the same impeccable style to achieve their wish." Retails for this particular collection range from about $60-$75, each and every style impeccably manufactured with top of the line materials.

"We're pleased to launch the Sinatra Hats website to showcase the stylish collection we've developed with Dorfman Pacific," said Kris Ahrend, General Manager of Frank Sinatra Enterprises. "Each hat in the collection embodies Frank's timeless style, particularly, the fedoras, which were his trademark."

Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE):
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). FSE owns Sinatra's recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra's name and likeness rights and represents the artist's rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE pursues innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer's name and likeness, as well as Sinatra's audio and visual recordings.

Dorfman Pacific:
Dorfman Pacific is one of the largest full-line, in-stock headwear companies in the world, with a superb and extensive stable of thoroughbred brands, the quickest, most efficient order-fulfillment system in the business, and a reputation for outstanding customer service. Founded in 1921 in Oakland, California as a small woolen dress cap manufacturer, today Dorfman Pacific has a state-of-the-art, ultra-green high-tech 315,000 square foot facility in Stockton, California, showrooms in 8 cities throughout the USA, satellite headquarters in New York City and sells its product in 46 countries worldwide. Categories include a comprehensive collection of men's and children's headwear, women's and teens headwear, handbags and winter accessories.

Media Contact(s):
Shelley Lipton, Lipton Publicity for Dorfman Pacific: 212-750-6654 /
Lellie Capwell, Sacks & Co. for Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE): 818-384-1180 /

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ceruleus says:
Aug 20, 2011 6:40 AM
They certainly are beautiful hats...I keep meaning to buy one! Hope to see 'Come Fly Away' someday too.

Gregory says:
Aug 21, 2011 12:10 PM
Those are classy.

Come Fly Away Tour Dates


Atlanta, GA (Aug. 2-7 at the Fox Theatre)
Toronto, ON (Aug 16-28 at the Four Seasons Centre)
Detroit, MI (Sept. 13-25 a the Fisher Theatre)
Durham, NC (Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at the Durham PAC)
Grand Rapids, MI (Oct. 4-9 at Devos Hall)
St. Paul, MN (Oct. 11-16 at the Ordway)
Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 25-Nov. 6 at the Pantages Theatre)
San Diego, CA (Nov. 8-13 at the Civic Theatre)
Spokane, WA (Nov. 17-20 at the INB PAC)
Chicago, IL (Jan. 10-22, 2012, at the Bank of America Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2012, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts)
Ft. Smith, AR (Feb. 13, 2012, at the Arkansas Best PAC)
Hershey, PA (Feb. 16-19, 2012, at the Hershey Theatre)
Baltimore, MD (Feb. 24-26, 2012, at the Lyric Opera House)
Providence, RI (March 2-4, 2012, at the Providence PAC)
Morgantown, WV (March 6, 2012, at the Creative Arts Center)
Lexington, KY (March 9-11, 2012, at the Opera House)
West Palm Beach, FL (March 13-18, 2012, at the Kravis Center)
Miami, FL (March 20-25, 2012, at the Adrienne Arscht Center)
Tampa, FL (March 27-April 1, 2012, at the Straz Center)
Montgomery, AL (April 3, 2012, at the Montgomery PAC)
Naples, FL (April 5-7, 2012, at the Philharmonic Center)
Houston, TX (April 10-15, 2012, at the Hobby Center)
Washington, DC (April 18-29, 2012, at the Kennedy Center)
Charlotte, NC (May 1-6, 2012, at the Blumenthal PAC)
Cleveland, OH (May 8-20, 2012, at Playhouse Square)
Hartford, CT (May 29-June 3, 2012, at the Bushnell)

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COME FLY AWAY, the new musical from visionary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp, follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a swingin' nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on stage 19-piece big band and 15 of the world's finest dancers, COME FLY AWAY weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including "Fly Me To The Moon," "My Way," and "That's Life" into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls COME FLY AWAY, "SPECTACULAR and DAZZLING! This is a MAJOR new work, with a stage full of BRILLIANT performers. Twyla Tharp's ELECTRIFYING celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra will sweep you up in a complete spell." Robert Johnson of The Star-Ledger calls the show "ONE OF THE MOST ELECTRIC PRODUCTIONS EVER TO LIGHT UP A BROADWAY MARQUEE" while Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press calls the show, "ASTONISHING -- A love letter to romance, not to mention the man and his music, with eight MARVELOUS leads and an orchestra of STERLING musicians." And Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine states simply, "COME FLY AWAY delivers the PUREST JOLT OF PLEASURE to be found on a Broadway stage."

The show's score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) as well as brand new charts for this fresh innovative musical.

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ARIES3032 says:
Jul 23, 2011 7:12 AM
Hope to see this in April in Naples, fl. Can't wait.

Leigh Ann says:
Aug 6, 2011 1:52 PM
Thank you for bringing "Come Fly Away" to Atlanta. It was amazing!

smartyjean says:
Oct 16, 2011 6:13 PM
I'm sure I saw this show in New York City 2010. The music was great! The arrangements were really really great. And I swear you could feel Mr. S in the room.

smartyjean says:
Oct 16, 2011 6:49 PM
I also wanted to mention that the Walnut Street Theatre in Philly had a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra in May of this year called "My Way". In the 1st half of the show the team of 4 sang 32 songs associated with Mr.S. The songs in the 1st half started with "Strangers in the Night" and ended with New York, New York.They were not Sinatra's arrangement. So some of the songs didn't sound just right. In the 2nd half the group sang 21 songe. Starting with Drinking Again + ended with I'll Be Seeing You" which brought me to tears. The songs were done more like jazz. Which I didn't care for. But the neatest thing was the stage floor.Carved out in the middle of the stage was Frank Sinatra's signature which would light up. The color was a light gray on a white stage floor. I tried to buy that part of the stage floor but the mgr said the producer was using the signature for something else. There were 4 singers, a jazz pianist + a guy on bass. It was different, but I like the traditional Sinatra music.

Canela says:
Oct 29, 2011 9:22 AM
I have seen this show twice in New York, once in Vegas...and hopefully I will see it
again sometime in May...Never get enough of that wonderful voice...and those
beautiful dancers....jut love love it!!!

The Films of Frank Sinatra


Frank Sinatra Film Series
Photo: David Sutton/Frank Sinatra Enterprises

The Films of Frank Sinatra
August 12-September 4

The films are being shown at the "Museum Of The Moving Image" in Astoria, Queens.
Screening Schedule

Presented in collaboration with The Paley Center for Media

Frank Sinatra was one of the biggest show business stars of the 20th century. In addition to his phenomenal success and influence as a recording artist, he was also a prolific star in movies and television. In August and September, Museum of the Moving Image and the Paley Center for Media will join forces to celebrate Sinatra's legacy as a performer on the big screen and on television. From the 1940s to the 1980s, he made more than 60 films. After his early success for MGM in a number of lightweight musicals, he lobbied for the substantial dramatic role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He then showed his range in a surprising variety of roles--in comedies, melodramas, gangster films, action movies--revealing surprising depth and ambition as an actor. In September, The Paley Center for Media will present a number of television specials, focusing on Sinatra's collaboration with the Count Basie Band. For more information, visit

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Jul 2, 2011 7:26 AM
Great news.
Here you can find the list and the dates:

sabaue says:
Jul 2, 2011 9:20 PM
This is so exciting! I confess I haven't seen "Suddenly" so that is on the top of my list.

marydaly says:
Jul 4, 2011 12:15 PM
He was bigger than life in each of these roles and although I will gladly see him anytime, only a theater-sized screen does him justice. I am too far away to be there, but those who can, should see Frank again on the Big screen.

Rhodalee says:
Jul 30, 2011 3:45 PM
I have seen them all, never tire of them.

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