Saturday, October 17, 2009

October Artist Spotlight: Jack Jones, Still Performing Better Than Ever!

Last winter when I was in the desert, I noticed that Jack Jones was performing at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert celebrating 50 years in show business and his 72nd birthday. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the concert due to other commitments but reading about the show did start me thinking about Jack Jones. I had lost track of his performing career and started to do some research as to where and what he was doing over the past years. I first saw Jack performing in Vegas in 1965, a long time ago for both of us! It turned out that Jack Jones lives in the desert. His youngest daughter, Nicole, is attending Palm Desert High School and also has her dad's love of performing. Nicole gets to perform with her dad during school breaks and has also appeared in some stage productions in the Palm Springs area. I also learned that Jack has been a long time supporter of the McCallum Theatre. This is an outstanding performing arts facility that brings outstanding talent to the desert every year.

It turns out that Jack has recorded over 50 albums, and I am sad to say that I am not familiar with most of them. However, I intend to give some of his more recent CDs a hearing over the next few months. The first CDs I want to listen to are "Jack Jones Paints A Tribute To Tony Bennett" and "New Jack Swing".

I have been enjoying a lot of Jack Jones songs recently being played on the XM Radio Sinatra station. I can't believe all the great songs Jack has recorded that were somehow overlooked by me. This just reminds me again why I am writing this blog. It's really an enjoyable effort on my part discovering all of the outstanding music and singers that I have missed over the past years. In the process, I hope I can help other music lovers share the new gems I discover.

By the way, Jack Jones will be performing at McCallum again this winter on Saturday January 9, 2010 at 8pm. Do yourself a favor, and if you are in the Palm Springs area, make sure you catch his show. You won't be disappointed!

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