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Rick Carlson on the music of Frank Sinatra

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Published on Mar 16, 2012

Jason Richards discovered Frank Sinatra at the age of nine, and he's been exploring both the art and the craft of Sinatra ever since. Backed by Rick Carlson on piano and the Wolverines Jazz Trio, Richards will bring his swinging Sinatra tribute to the Capri Theater 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at http://thecapritheater.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

Known as a master technician, Frank Sinatra worked closely with noted arrangers from Tommy Dorsey to Quincy Jones. These Legends concerts are a similar collaboration between Richards and Rick Carlson. "I came up with a list of 50 songs, and I gave it to Rick and said, 'How do I scale this back?'" Richards says. Carlson's guiding principle: "If you're going to do a show about a famous person, you have to do their big, famous songs. You balance that with numbers that most people never heard Sinatra do."

For the Legends show, the balancing act includes standards like "Fly Me to the Moon, "I've Got You Under My Skin," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and the show's title number, "Nice 'n' Easy." On the other end of the range is "All I Need Now Is the Girl," from Sinatra's only recording session with Duke Ellington.

Videography by Rich Clark. Filmed at the Capri Theater.

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