Washington, D.C. will serve as the International Jazz Day 2016 Global Host City. As International Jazz Day celebrates its 5th anniversary, the U.S. nation’s capital will host a multitude of jazz performances, community service initiatives, and education programs in schools, libraries, hospitals, community centers and arts venues across the city. Washington, D.C. is the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, and the city has enjoyed a thriving jazz scene for the past century. On April 30, 2016, Washington, D.C. will join with towns, cities and villages in 196 countries on all 7 continents to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programs.
If there was anything Frank Sinatra enjoyed more than a stiff glass of Jack Daniels, it was blowing out the candles on his birthday cake each and every year. „He loved his birthdays,“ says his daughter Tina Sinatra.
Sparklers adorn Sinatra’s 42nd birthday cake during the 1957 party at Hollywood’s famed Villa Capri restaurant – a favorite for hangout the Rat Pack and A-list stars like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.
Daughters Tina and Nancy greet Sinatra with kisses outside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel at his 50th birthday party. Sinatra also always made a point to spend his kids‘ birthdays with them whenever possible – including shared annual family celebrations for Nancy and his pal Dean Martin, whose birthdays were a day apart.
The Sinatra clan – clockwise from top: Frank Sinatra Jr., Tina Sinatra, granddaughter Amanda Erlinger, Frank Sinatra, granddaughter A.J. Lambert and Nancy Sinatra – gathered at Los Angeles‘ L’Orangerie restaurant for the patriarch’s 74th birthday in 1989.
1. He wasn’t originally going to be named Frank
Due to a mishap of the priest Sinatra was christened as Frank. He was supposed to have been named Martin after his father. Believing the mistake to have been a good omen, Frank’s mum decided to keep the name.
2. In the early days, fans were paid to scream
Frank’s publicist actually held auditions to find the best female screamers he could find and paid each successful applicant $5 to take a place in the audience and make a huge noise for the star when he performed.
3. The Kennedys’ Mafia Liaison
Frank Sinatra’s ties to the Mafia were perhaps the worst kept secret in music history. During much of his lifetime and career he was linked with many prominent members of the American Mafia. Sinatra posing with many prominent members of the Mafia
4. He wore elevator shoes to appear taller
Sensitive about being 5ft 7in, Sinatra wore so called elevator shoes to appear taller. Apparently more height equalled more success and Sinatra wasn’t taking any chances. Many of his shoes were designed by celebrity Los Angeles shoemaker Pasquale di Fabrizio.
5. He always carried coins in case he needed contact kidnappers
As he grew more famous, Sinatra liked to remain on his guard and when his son Frank Sinatra Jnr was kidnapped, he feared that having not enough loose change to discuss ransom over a payphone may have lost him his boy.
6. His favourite drink was Jack Daniel’s
Describing the bourbon as a ‘gentleman’s drink’, he always had two fingers of whiskey, four ice cubes and a splash of water, before cupping it in his hand covered with a napkin so to never touch the rim.
7. One of his songs inspired Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo’s original name was strangely going to be Too Much. But after hearing Sinatra’s song ‘dooby doo’ lyrics in Strangers In The Night, CBS executive Fred Silverman was inspired to rename the mystery solving pooch. And we couldn’t imagine him called anything else these days.
8. Frank has an asteroid named after him.
The rock, called 7934 Sinatra, was discovered 1989 Sept. 26 by E. W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory.
9. Frank performed in front of the pyramids
Frank played a gig at the actual Pyramids. In 1979, for Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
10. Last song Frank ever performed live „The best is yet to come“
On February 25, 1995, Frank sang this song for a group of 1200 people on the last night of a golf tournament named for him.
Happy Birthday, Frank
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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Melody Gardot, Zaz, Somi & Caro Emerald Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Great atmosphere in the park!
July 3 – 18, 2015. #Mjf15
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LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT (Live)
HERBIE HANCOCK (Live)
MELODY GARDOT (Live)
Caro: „Hello Montreux. Tonight we’ll be playing at Auditorium Stravinski at 20:00h. Would love to see you! X“
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The amazing Haley Reinhart is back, and this time, we’re reimagining Britney Spears‘ „Oops!… I Did It Again,“ as if it was written for another icon — Britney’s idol Marilyn Monroe — decades ago.
Oops!… I Did It Again – Vintage Marilyn Monroe Style Britney Spears Cover ft. Haley Reinhart
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Last night Jamie and his big band performing at the Nice Jazz Festival.
„Cullum’s performance is accompanied by the audience’s claps from the first song, The Same Things, all the way to the end of the show. His extraordinaire talent boosted audience’s energy to a point where all the seated music lovers stood up and danced, turning an indoor event to an outdoor party feel.“
Jamie Cullum at Nice Jazz Festival 2015 – Godfather
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Jamie is the guest director of the legendary festival, which runs until the 12th.
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„Live in Monte Carlo“, 1958
June 14, 1958 The Sporting Club, Monaco
Something special, classic and rarely heard this weekend. Frank Sinatra performing at a benefit for the United Nations Refugee Fund in Monte Carlo, hosted by friend Princess Grace of Monaco. The concert also marked the second time Sinatra worked with Orchestra leader-arranger Quincy Jones, and aside from a Sinatra Society CD issue of this concert several years ago, it’s never been generally available.
Introduced by none other than Noel Coward, the concert took place at midnight on Saturday, June 14, 1958, right after the premier of Sinatra’s latest film Kings Go Forth. Because the benefit was also broadcast in Monte Carlo, there are several announcements in various languages. But nothing detracts from the sound of this concert or the complete uniqueness of this performance.
Orchestra Conducted by Quincy Jones, Introduction By Noel Coward, Come Fly With Me, I Get A Kick Out Of You, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Where Or When, Moonlight In Vermont, On The Road To Mandalay, When Your Lover Has Gone, April In Paris, All The Way, Monique, Bewitched, The Lady Is A Tramp, You Make Me Feel So Young
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Quincey Jones: „Receiving an Honorary Doctorate this week from The Royal Academy of Music was one of the highlights of my life. Thank-Q so much for the honor; it’s been a wonderful week in London with some of my best friends like Rod Temperton and Michael Caine– now off to the Montreux Jazz Festival!!“