Calling Sinatra Fans in Grimsby and Hull

I'll be live on BBC Radio Humberside on Monday 2nd February with an appeal for help. I've been commissioned by BBC Radio Humberside to make a two hour program celebrating 100 years of Frank Sinatra. I want to know American music sung by a skinny guy from Hoboken meant to people living in Hull and Grimsby? What made him so popular and what legacy has he left behind? What did Sinatra mean to you? Maybe you saw him in concert, fell in love to one of his songs, took a date to one of his movies.

If you've got a story to tell, please click here and get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.

Crazy Coqs sold out again

This year's week run of A Swingin' Christmas at the Crazy Coqs is now sold out. If you haven't already got a ticket there are a few more shows before Christmas.  I'm at Salvatore's Bar in London's Playboy Club this Wednesday (3rd) and next Wednesday (10th).

On Sunday I'm in Burgess Hill for Big Band Wonderland with the Len Phillips Big Band, The Patriot Girls and Nia Coleman.

On Monday 9th I'm at Soho House London with Harry the Piano for Sinatra Jukebox and on 10th with at Little House Mayfair. These two events are only open to club members.

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For members only

I'm delighted to announce two new Sinatra Jukebox show exclusively for members of Soho House and Little House in London. I'll be joined by Harry the Piano for the show where you choose what happens next. The dates are Monday 8th (Soho House) and Tuesday 9th (Little House, Mayfair). Showtimes 10pm which leaves plenty of time for dinner and cocktails before showtime.

Remember if you don't like this show, you've only got yourselves to blame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAj8DsX4Mr4

Big Band Christmas show in Burgess Hill, 6th December

Take a sleigh ride with me and the The Len Phillips Big Band for BIG BAND WONDERLAND a show packed with the all-time holiday classics including Let It Snow, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more. Special guest stars The Patriot Girls bring a touch of glamour and tight vocal harmonies to a sprinkling of Christmas classics including Santa Baby and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Lord Jeffrey Archer described the girls as “bloody marvellous” after a special Olympic Ball and Bob Hope's daughter, Linda, told them, “Bob would have adored you! You were incredible”. Local talent Nia Coleman also makes her debut with the band bringing her own touch of holiday magic to this very special show. The whole thing's for local charity It's Magic. The date is 6th December so for bookings and more details, click here. BB-A4-Poster-Aw

Ronnie Scott's sold out, again

The Ronnie Scott's gig on 12th October has sold out. If you're around the Sunday before, 5th October, I'll be at the Crazy Coqs with Barb Jungr for a new show celebrating the music of 1968. If you've already got your tickets for Ronnie's I'll be performing hits of Nat Cole, Fred Astaire and Louis Armstrong in the first half. The second half will be Sinatra Jukebox where you decide what I sing next. It's always a lot of fun. I can't wait!

Piano is Matt Regan, bass Joe Pettitt and drums James O'Carroll.

Castle Howard's annual Proms Spectacular

I'm delighted to providing pre-concert support for Castle Howard's annual Proms Spectacular concert. The date for your diary is August 16. It's a spectacular classical proms concert for the whole family, come along and celebrate the very best music at Castle Howard. Featuring the renowned English National Orchestra with Jae Alexander at the helm, star soloists Wynne Evans and Janet Mooney, an aerobatic display by an original World War 2 Spitfire, choreographed to dramatic themes with split second timing. And a rousing finale of flag waving favourites from The Last Night of The Proms and spectacular firework display. I'll be there with my band singing the best of the Great American Songbook. Should be a lovely day out! Click here to book.

Harry and Gary impersonators unmasked in Barbados

As you know, a couple of weeks ago I was in Barbados with Harry The Piano and Sinatra Jukebox for the Holder's festival. I've just had this email from a Mr Rob Brooks who came to the show with his wife and friends: “Just thought I'd let you know that on the Sunday night in the Lime Bar, Limegrove Mall, two likely lads were trying to pass themselves off as you and 'Harry the Piano' to gain access to the ladies in the throng. However they got a flea in their ear and short shrift when they tried to use the patter on our wives, Rose and Shirley, who'd just seen you two - the real deal - at the Holders festival! My pal and I called their bluff when we challenged them to a 'Sinatra-sing-off'. Only in Barbados eh?”

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Harry and Gary after the show in Barbados