The life and times of Frank Sinatra come alive on an evening of stories and songs presented by Franz Douskey, author of Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years, and vocalist Rich Moran at Best Video on Thursday, Oct 23, at 8 PM. The cover is $5.
Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years features the recollections of New Haven native and Sally’s Pizza co-founder, Tony Consiglio, who met fellow teenager, Frank Sinatra, while visiting family and spending time on the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey in the early 1930’s. They formed a fast and true friendship that lasted until Sinatra’s death in 1998. Consiglio was not only Sinatra’s friend, he served as his confident, valet, and true “right hand man” for many years. From the early days when Sinatra was trying to establish himself as a singer to the mid 1960’s, Tony worked with Sinatra and was there to share the highs and lows of his career.
After rebuffing many requests for interviews about his relationship with Sinatra through the years, Tony was introduced by a family member to local author, Franz Douskey when he was in his 80’s. Tony hit it off with Franz and eventually began sharing the fond remembrances of his life with Sinatra. Franz compiled the tales he heard into the book, “Sinatra and Me…The Very Good Years”, an “as told to” memoir published in 2012.
At this event, Franz will share Tony’s stories from the book as well as his own insights on the life and career of Francis Albert Sinatra. In between anecdotes, vocalist Rich Moran will perform a number of classic Sinatra tunes back by pianist Judy Webber, saxophonist Jeff Webber, and drummer Noah Golden.
Franz is a Pulitzer Prize author who has been published in over 200 hundred publications including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He also co-produced and co—hosted, Once Upon a Bandstand on WQUN featuring the music of Frank Sinatra and many others of his era.
Rich has performed at Best Video on several occasions, each time bringing his neo-traditional interpretation to a different part of the Standards repertoire. Together with the Webbers, he has played venues throughout southern Connecticut. Their most recent concert set titled, “Here’s To the Ladies Who Rhyme” was performed at the Guilford Concert Under the Stars series and Best Video this summer.
The pairing of Franz and Rich for this event came at the suggestion of Hank Paper. Since meeting, Franz and Rich have enjoyed sharing their mutual appreciation for the Great American Songbook and the singers who have put their stamp on the genre including Frank Sinatra. They look forward to presenting what they hope will be an informative and entertaining evening for all who attend.
• Sunday, Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ANNIE”
• Wednesday, Oct. 22. INDIE POP: PLAYFIGHT
• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY
• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”
• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO
• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL
• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”
• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”
• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET
• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN
• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”
• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD
• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE
• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER
• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”
• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”
• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)
• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”
• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG
• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”
• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT
• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”
• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS