It's finally here! FROM SAMOA TO SINATRA's has been released! A big thanks to my friends at Summit Records for making this possible. My brand new webpage devoted to the recording and the show is up and running. And for those of you new here - FROM SAMOA TO SINATRA is a new and very personal project of mine that honors the music of both Mr. Frank SInatra and my mother Mavis Rivers, whom Sinatra signed to his Reprise Records label in 1961. It can already be heard on SirusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra Channel, and I will be announcing the first live performances of the show very soon. Stay tuned!
Speaking of SirusXM’s Siriusly Sinatra Channel many have inquired about some "other" tracks of mine that are played often on the station, and it seems a backstory is needed:
I had recorded a collection of Sinatra related songs with the intention of releasing them when I signed my deal with Concord Records in 1998. However we decided to instead celebrate George Gershwin's 100th birthday and released my recording called GERSHWIN 100, and "shelved" indefinitely the Sinatra project. In recent years however the folks at Siriusly Sinatra got wind of the existence of this shelved recording of mine and asked if they could play it on the station, and boy have they ever (thank you SiriusXM!). So as of now the tracks are listenable only on the Siriusly Sinatra channel, and are not yet available commercially. Perhaps though with the popularity of some of the tracks I may end up releasing this project from "long ago"!
And If you are a fan of THE MORNING SHOW on AppleTV+ don’t miss this scene from Episode 1, Season 2 as “Bradley & Eric” sing my arrangement of WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEARS EVE with my “Hi Tech Big Band” (meaning just me, with my friend Dave Scott on Lead Trumpet). Later in the season I am on the show playing a piano player who accompanies the character Daniel Henderson. What fun!
In other news.... we are proudly about to begin our ELEVENTH season of Macon Pops celebrating the music of Motown on Friday, August 18. Please visit MaconPops.com for more details.
In the meantime stay safe and healthy everybody, and I look forward to seeing all of you in-person very soon!
Celebrates my mother Mavis Rivers