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Frank Sinatra Jr. teams with ASU Jazz Ensemble

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            On Nov. 17, an icon of jazz music will take to the stage at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

            Frank Sinatra, Jr. and his combo will join the Albany State University Jazz Ensemble to perform some of the popular songs from the 1960s when Sinatra's father collaborated with another jazz great, Count Basie. Two of the most popular songs from that collaboration are "Fly Me to the Moon" and "The Lady is a Tramp."

            "Albany State University is indeed fortunate for the opportunity to present Frank Sinatra Jr. in concert, and we are doubly fortunate that he has also consented to work with ASU's jazz band, as well as area high school students in a master-class setting," said Dr. Leroy Bynum, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. 

"Frank Sinatra Jr. represents a golden era of smooth jazz music making of which his father, Sinatra Sr., stood as a towering figure.  His presence among us will serve to introduce some, and reacquaint others with this once vastly popular musical form which became inextricably interwoven into the fabric of the indigenous American jazz idiom."       

            On Nov. 18, Sinatra and his instrumentalists will move from performers to educators as they hold a music clinic for area high school and college musicians. The clinic will be held at 10 a.m. in the ACAD Auditorium on the ASU campus.

            "Our students will have an opportunity to share the stage with the son of an American music icon, who has established himself as a major figure in jazz," said Michael Decuir, ASU director of bands. "Additionally, Albany area high school musicians and music educators will be able to engage with Mr. Sinatra Jr., as well as other musicians with regards to jazz, its history, improvisation and teaching strategies."

            For more information about the music clinic, contact the ASU Fine Arts Department at (229) 430-4849

            Tickets for the Nov. 17 concert are:

  • Reserved seats - $32
  • General admission - $22
  • Student admission - $7

            To buy tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office at (229) 430-5204, the ASU Fine Arts Department at (299) 430-4849 or visit Ticketmaster.com. All proceeds go toward ASU music scholarships.