Don Sheldon’s Sinatra Jukebox

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Don Sheldon’s Sinatra Jukebox

Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, April 13, 2018

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

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A scintillating blend of talent exploring the Chairman of the Board’s impressive song list, both well-known and obscure, make for a fun evening of cabaret. Happily, no one attempts to do an imitation of Frank Sinatra, and the passion is clearly for the music and not just the lifestyle which spoils many tributes to Ol’ Blue Eyes.

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Kicking off the show with an exhilarating version of the accurately prophetic “The Best Is Yet to Come” is the Russ Kassoff Trio (Kassoff serves as music director and pianist, with drummer Ray Marchica and 98-year-old (yes, you read that right) bass legend Jerry Bruno).

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Throughout, their musical support is invaluable.

Don Sheldon brings his light baritone to great effect on such Sinatra classics as “Fly Me to the Moon” and the lesser-known “Lonesome Cities”—a gem by Rod McKuen.

Sheldon’s taste in song selection is flawless, both in regard to what suits his style and what may surprise the audience.

Joining Sheldon on stage is the fabulous seasoned vocalist Annette Sanders.
Singing solo and duetting with Sheldon, she scintillates through such standards as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Let’s Fall in Love,” as well as less familiar pieces, such as “The Singer” (Vincent Falcone Jr./Joe Cocuzzo).

The two performers also join forces on several numbers, including a memorable “I Thought About You” that invokes Sinatra’s work with singers like Keely Smith, retaining their unique personalities while bouncing off of each other. It’s a smooth evening of terrific music.

Bart Greenberg

Bart Greenberg first discovered cabaret a few weeks after arriving in New York City by seeing Julie Wilson and William Roy performing Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter outdoors at Rockefeller Center. It was instant love for both Ms. Wilson and the art form. Some years later, he was given the opportunity to create his own series of cabaret shows while working at Tower Records. "Any Wednesday" was born, a weekly half-hour performance by a singer promoting a new CD release. Ann Hampton Callaway launched the series. When Tower shut down, Bart was lucky to move the program across the street to Barnes & Noble, where it thrived under the generous support of the company. The series received both The MAC Board of Directors Award and The Bistro Award. Some of the performers who took part in "Any Wednesday" include Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock, Tony Desare, Andrea Marcovicci, Carole Bufford, the Karens, Akers, Mason and Oberlin, and Julie Wilson. Privately, Greenberg is happily married to writer/photographer Mark Wallis, who as a performance artist in his native England gathered a major following as "I Am Cereal Killer."

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  1. Connie

    Great review. Who wrote it. Very good. You are on you way. Nothing but good things now.

    1. Connie

      Great review. Who write it. Mr Greenberg very good. You are in good hands. You are on your way. Nothing but good things now

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