Sunday, February 20, 2011

Frank Di Salvo Sings Sinatra And The Great American Songbook





















On February 17, I had the opportunity to see Frank Di Salvo his "Frank and the Sinatra Show" at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel.  I tried to go to this show with an open mind because as a devoted Sinatra fan, I have been disappointed so many times by performers trying to imitate Sinatra. What I found at the Frank Di Salvo show was an excellent performer with a strong clear voice who did an outstanding job singing not only a lot of Sinatra signature songs but also many other great songs out of the "Great American Songbook".  The title of this show was "Frank and the Sinatra Show" but this title does no justice to the great singing that I heard.  Frank brings his own style and strong voice to the Sinatra songbook, but Frank's singing talent is not just limited to Sinatra songs.

Frank sang the Sinatra classics with ease and did a particularly outstanding job on Paul Anka's great song "My Way" that he dedicated to his late father. He also received a strong audience response to the Guys and Dolls favorite, "Luck Be a Lady Tonight".

I was very impressed with Frank's renditions of "Mack the Knife",  the Rodgers & Hart tune from "Pal Joey", "I Could Write a Book" and the Joe Bushkin & John DeVries  great song "Look At Me Now". Frank is a relative new comer to the desert arriving here only 6 months ago.  But I have a feeling, listening to him that Frank feels like he is really at home here.  He is a welcome addition to the talented group of musicians that call the California Desert their home.  At the end of the 2nd set, Frank called up a friend of his, Marc Koltun who sang a couple of Johnny Hartman songs that were just wonderful.  I learned Marc has not performed in 20 years, but you would never know it. Hope Marc continues to sing, he has a really great voice and feel for great lyrics.

Frank will be performing at the Indian Wells Hotel on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  In addition, you can go to Frank's web site: "Frankdisalvo.com" to see where Frank will be performing.  Make sure you call for reservations because the word is already out that Frank is an act that should not be missed.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comment, Michael. Couldn't agree more!

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  2. Need to make a correction. In the blog about Frank, I indicated he has only been living in the desert for the past 6 months. Just heard from Frank that he has only been here for 6 weeks!

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  3. Frankie is indeed a recently uncovered jewel. His performance is outstanding and if one closes their eyes, one can hear Sinatra, Diamond, etc. One would pay $65 to hear a comparable act at the McCollum. A must see performance. Jack & Harriet

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  4. Hey Anonymous (Jack & Harriet): I could not agree with you more. I also would like Frank to sing some other great standards that he could bring his own wonderful voice to. While his Sinatra songs are great, I think Frank is much more than a "good singer singing Sinatra songs". While I went to see Frank the first time to hear him sing Sinatra songs, I would like to return and hear Frank sing some other great songs from the "Great American Songbook", I know it would be outstanding!

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  5. Hi Folks,Thanks for all your support.The turn out has been fabulous.Up and coming: Lyons English Grill Caberet room,Mar 19 dinner show with a live band.Also SunCity every other Monday starting this Mar 7, 4-6 in the Ventana room Variety music and dancing.By the By I am focusing more on the Great Am song book.Bless you all,Frank D.

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  6. We spent a few days at Indian Wells Resort last week and just happened to catch the last hour of this very talented singer on our last evening. What a treat! We will definitely hook up with him on our next visit. We are thinking of moving to the Desert. So tell Frankie to be good, drink tea with honey and save that voice until we meet again. Maybe we will bring him a jar of honey from the honey guy. We live in Costa Mesa, Ca but we get this fabulous honey from a guy up in Orange, Ca. Can you tell I'm Italian?

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  7. Hi Anonymous: Glad you are thinking of moving to the Desert. We need every supporter of live music we can get. If you send me an email at: Bobbymajor@gmail.com with your email address, I will make sure you keep getting music man blog while you are in Costa Mesa. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  8. Frank did a great job with Ted Herman's band at I-PAC last Sunday He just needed to learn one band arrangement better (suggestion to you singers - sit down with a piano player (like me) beforehand so you know what the band has on their charts). But Frank has great stage presence as well as great talent!

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