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“Frank Sinatra and the Art of the Saloon Song” at Napa Valley College

"Frank Sinatra and the Art of the Saloon Song" at Napa Valley College

Roberto González with Keith Saunders Jazz Trio

November 8, 2015

 

Napa, Calif. (October 23, 2015) – Napa Valley College's Music Napa Valley presents One For My Baby: Frank Sinatra and The Art of The Saloon Song on Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of NVC's year-round Masters Series.  Napa Valley College professor Dr. Roberto González teams up with the Keith Saunders Jazz Trio from San Francisco to re-create a cabaret atmosphere on the college's Main Theater stage. 

For one night only, González and Saunders bring alive a treasury of American songbook selections in a revue of classic tunes in One For My Baby: Frank Sinatra and the Art of the Saloon

Song.

Long before America became suburban, every community's downtown had at least one bar or saloon – a place where customers could vent, recuperate, and enjoy each other's melancholy fellowship. Many of the songs made famous by Frank Sinatra -- and which gained him his unparalleled stature as the nation's greatest living singer and performer --were songs composed mostly for performances in or about saloons and which mulled over love and love lost.  Gonzalez and Saunders' Masters Series concert revisits these stories of men and women, unhappy in love -- perhaps talking with bartenders -- at saloons. Among the masterpieces to be heard are "One For My Baby," "Angel Eyes," "You Don't Know What Love Is," and "The Man That Got Away."

 

About the Performers

Dr. González and Mr. Saunders may be heard regularly on Tuesday nights at the Club Deluxe (Haight and Ashbury Streets, San Francisco) with the Smith Dobson Jazz Quartet, performing bebop and cabaret jazz standards.

A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. González holds a Master's Degree in Organ and Orchestral Conducting and a Doctor of Arts Degree from Ball State University.  He has served on the Napa Valley College music faculty since 1988.  Keith Saunders is a jazz pianist who can be heard on disc (Lost in Queens, The NY Hardbop Quintet) and almost every weekend at clubs from Healdsburg to San Jose and in between.

Tickets, $20 - $25, are on sale now at musicnapavalley.org, at the door, or call the Box Office at 707-256-7500.  For more information on the 2015-16 season of music and theater, the Masters Concert Series, and degrees in the performing arts, please contact Artsandhumanities@napavalley.edu.