Sinatra at 100

Sunday, August 7, 7:30 pm at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown

Instrumental tribute to Frank SinatraSaxophonist Loren Schoenberg and multi-generational jazz all-stars present an instrumental tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes.

There were many different Frank Sinatras – singer, movie star, Rat-Packer, tough guy – but at the root of all of his various manifestations is the fact that he was a superb musician.

Join Loren Schoenberg and a hand-selected jazz quintet as they explore a wide range of Sinatra songs, from the well-known to the obscure. Most Sinatra tributes showcase singers who through no fault of their own suffer by comparison. This evening of instrumental, melodic and swinging jazz will compliment your Sinatra collection in the best way possible.

Artists: Loren Schoenberg, tenor sax; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; John di Martino, piano; Michael Karn, bass; Aaron Kimmel, drums

Loren Schoenberg

A historian by nature, LOREN SCHOENBERG became a fixture in the jazz world with his encyclopedic knowledge about the genre and passion for preserving its past while making it eminently contemporary. Today, in addition to his work performing, conducting, writing, and teaching, Schoenberg is founding director and senior scholar of The Jazz Museum in Harlem. Loren Schoenberg has been a faculty member at the Juilliard School, the New School, the Manhattan School of Music, and lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The White House and the New York Philharmonic. Schoenberg has conducted the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) as well as The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and The American Jazz Orchestra. A tenor saxophonist/pianist, he has played and recorded with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Heath, Buck Clayton, the JLCO and was musical director for Bobby Short. He received Grammy awards for best album notes in 1994 and 2004.

JOHN DI MARTINO is a jazz pianist, arranger and producer based in New York City.  He has been described as a “shape-shifter” for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded with David “Fat Head” Newman, Pat Martino, Houston Person and Taj Mahal. Di Martino is also a sought after musical director. He has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith, Billy Eckstine and Janis Siegel.  His talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with Gloria Lynn and Grady Tate. His discography includes many Grammy nominated CD’s, including: “Love” with Issac Delgado, “Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B,”
and “Live And In Clave” with Bobby Sanabria. Di Martino was a long time member of Ray Barretto’s “New World Spirit.”  He is a featured pianist and arranger on several of Mr. Barretto’s recordings including: “Portraits In Jazz And Clave” (featuring James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Joe Lovano and Steve Turre) and the Grammy nominated CD “Contact.” Born in Philadelphia, PA, John studied with Lennie Tristano and Don Sebesky.

After having performed throughout the world as a tenor saxophonist with some of the jazz world’s biggest names, MICHAEL KARN has once again crisscrossed the globe as a top call bassist. Michael has played saxophone with Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr. and Charles Earland; within a few years of beginning to seriously pursue the bass, he was again working with some of New York’s top musicians, namely Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Freddie Cole, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Pizzarelli, Jon Hendricks, George Coleman, Frank Wess, Bob Wilber, Joe Lovano, Lew Tabakin, Bennie Wallace, Walt Weiskopf, Harry Allen, Ken Pleplowski, Harold Mabern, Barry Harris, Johnny O’Neal, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Victor Lewis and Lewis Nash.

Drummer AARON KIMMEL is a native of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.  While in high school, he received the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for “Outstanding Jazz Soloist” two times. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond, and he is now a freelance drummer living in New York City. He frequently appears at Smalls and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, performing as a sideman with the Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen quartets, and the Eric Reed and Ehud Asherie trios. Kimmel, who performed at the Festival in 2013 with Hilary Kole,  has also played with such jazz luminaries as Grant Stewart, Terell Stafford, Ryan Kisor, Jimmy Heath, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Brian Lynch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Mary Stallings, and Jon Faddis.

Trumpeter JON-ERIK KELLSO started playing professionally in and around his hometown of Detroit. Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, he has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Howard Alden, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Catherine Russell, Linda Ronstadt, Wynton Marsalis, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others. Recent engagements include a week in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis Armstrong’s Hot 5s and 7s. He has also made various appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello, and performed concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow. Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” “The Aviator,” “The Good Shepherd,” and “Revolutionary Road” with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. He can also be seen and heard in the current HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire.” Jon is on well over a hundred CDs, including five as a leader. His latest Arbors release, “Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans,” is dedicated to Jon’s friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.


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