One of the best reasons to catch this show is the chance to hear the 17-piece big band who back Feinstein (who occasionally takes his traditional place behind the piano) -- a group that includes such top-notch musicians as guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, drummer Jim Saporito, and bassist David Finck. They lend snap and verve to the hour-long set.
As with any Feinstein show, audiences will also get a chance to revel in some of the greatest selections from "The Great American Songbook" as well as hear some rarely or never-heard material. The former category includes "The Lady Is a Tramp," "There's a Small Hotel," "Begin the Beguine," and "At Long Last Love," while the highlight of the latter camp is "The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye," a remarkable and melancholy tune written by John Williams and Marilyn and Alan Bergman for a four-song cycle requested by Sinatra late in his life, but which he never performed.
As might be expected, the always-appealing Feinstein shares some wonderful stories about his personal interactions with Sinatra -- most notably, a funny tale about how the young singer-pianist was hired to play at a private party for the star at Chasen's -- along with anecdotes about such personalities as Ira Gershwin and Bing Crosby.
Those expecting to hear a Sinatra imitation may be disappointed -- Feinstein's voice and phrasing have little in common with "Ol Blue Eyes" -- but most audiences will find this show to be satisfying entertainment.
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