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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-19 L iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiililiiii!iiiii Doing it Frank 5inatra Jr. to perform at Little Creek By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Like his legendary father, Frank Sinatra Jr. croons clas- sic jazz tunes about love and loneliness while backed by a large orchestra. "My audience is the ever-dimin- ishing number of people who like the 'Great American Songbook,' which we in the business call good music," the 70-year-old singer said in a telephone interview with the Journal. Sinatra will perform with a 20-piece orchestra at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. Tickets are $30, $40 and $50. For reservations, call 1-800-667- 7711. Sinatra has been drawing from his fathers catalogue since making his public singing debut at age 19, and he has decades of hits to choose from. But he promises to play the classics he calls "the evergreen," including "I've Got the World on a String," "New York, New York," "Strangers in the Night" and "My Way." The resident of Pasadena, Califor- nia, recalls that he last appeared in Western Washington in September 1993; when he conducted his father's orchestra at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup. Sinatra was his father's musical director and conductor for his final concerts from 1988 to 1994; senior died in 1998. What was his father like as a boss? "He was a taskmaster," Sinatra said. "Being a perfectionist, if he did not get what he wanted, he would become most unhappy. It was my job to make sure he got what he wanted." The singer was born in 1944, the second child of Sinatra Sr. and his first wife, Nancy. At the time, Sinatra Sr. was a superstar, recording hit records, making women swoon and scream at his sold-out concerts, and acting in movies in Hollywood. way IF YOU GO: WHO: Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 13 WHERE: Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton TICKETS: $30, $40 and $50 RESERVATIONS: 1-800-667-7711 When Sinatra Jr. was 6, his father left his mother for actress Ava Gard- ner. Sinatra said he never announced to his father his intention to be a singer. "I never had told him, and he was never around, so I kind of slipped into it," he said. Sinatra made his public singing debut at age 19, with his father in the audience. "It was pretty scary that first time," he said. "He told me to keep working." Sinatra added, "I was singing with a dance band. There were still jobs available for that in 1963." In December of that year, Sinatra was kidnapped from his hotel room in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later aider his father paid a $240,000 ransom to his kidnappers, who were later apprehended and sent to prison. Sinatra performed regularly in Las Vegas through the 1960s and into the mid-1980s, opening for stars in the main rooms and headlining his own show in the lounges. Sinatra appeared as himself in an episode of "The Sopranos." He also voiced an animated version of himself on episodes of "Family Guy" in 2006 and 2008. "That is crazy!" he said about work- ing on the FOX series. "Those people are certifiable! Their humor is off the wall. It's fun to see yourself as a car- toon." Asked to name his favorite singers of all time, Sinatra mentions Perry Como, Dean Martin, Jack Jones, Ella Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. 20-piece orchestra Nov. Courtesy photo will perform his father's classic jazz tunes with a 13 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney. He points out that only one of his favorite vocalists is still alive: 88-year-old Tony Bennett. Sinatra will arrive in Shelton with eight of his own musicians and a con- ductor. They will be augmented by about 12 musicians from the Seattle- Tacoma area, Sinatra said. Sinatra said he is preparing special concerts with added stage visuals for 2015, which will mark the 100th an- niversary of his father's birth in Hobo- ken, New Jersey. He enjoys "when I'm doing it right, which is not an everyday occurrence," he said with a laugh. What should the Little Creek audi- ence expect? "Hopefully, they are people who still like jazz," he said. "They will listen to jazz music. That's what we do." HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS It's getting close to winter, and the Harstine Island Community Choir is pre- paring for its annual December concerts. This season, the group is singing with Olym- pia-based Masterworks Choral Ensemble. Our choir has had wonder- ful success singing with them in the past, and members look forward to performing with By MIKE CALLAGHAN them again this season. The choir will sing a wonderful collection of Christ- mas favorites, including "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isa- bella" and many others. You will have an opportunity to hear both choirs and piano "four hands" -- two people play- ing the same piano at the same time. They will be performing at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church in Allyn. Then, at 3 p.m. Dec. 14, the group will perform at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Put those dates on your calendar now, and plan on enjoying some wonderful holiday music. The choir is again sell- ing holiday nuts, including almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts and maca- damias. This is part of its fundraising program, because putting on these concerts is expensive. If you are interest- ed, contact any choir member. Only one senior lunch will take place this month, be- cause they don't like to have a lunch the week of Thanksgiv- ing. That's because some of the same crew that puts on senior lunch helps prepare a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving dinner. The one senior lunch this month will be Nov. 12. They will be serv- ing roast beef with mashed potatoes, gravy, green salad and cook's choice cake. As al- ways, serving starts at noon, but you need to get there a little early to find a good seat. All people ages 50 and older and their friends and family are welcome. A $3 donation is requested. During the Harstine Island Community Club's October meeting, four islanders were recognized for their untiring efforts. I wrote about Hon- ored Citizen Sharon Zeeben a couple weeks ago. During the community club's meeting last* month, Jim Anderson intro- duced the second selection for Honored Citizen. Remember, the presenters like to keep each recipient a secret as long as they can. Jim said, "As islanders, someone separated from civi- lization and the world around us, it is not always easy to get the inside information we need to be effective citizens on the local level. The (Mason County) Journal helps, but what we really need is some- one to go to meetings and be see HARSTINE, page A-28