• A Night with Frank (from Leslie)

    Rachel and I went to a very fun event last night at the Grammy Museum  at L.A. Live. (Wow! L.A. Live is starting to look like Times Square!) “Reel to Reel: Sinatra Sings” is a collection of Sinatra’s TV performances in the 60’s and 70’s with narration by his daughter, Tina, and the program was put on in connection with the release of “Frank Sinatra: Best of the Best” on November 15th. There was a question and answer period afterwards with Tina Sinatra and RobertSantelli, who is the Executive Director of the Grammy Museum. Tina Sinatra has a great sense of humor and gave some really interesting – and not sugar-coated – insights into life with her father. I’m always thrilled when I see how few degrees of separation there are in this town from people who have really made history in the arts. It was funny when she was suggesting to Mr. Santelli that the Grammy Museum should have been in Westwood because it was such a trek to get there – I thought the same thing! (Of course my vote would have been to locate it in Agoura Hills.) I was amazed at (and had kind of forgotten about) the quality of Frank Sinatra’s instrument – what a set of pipes! And Tina spent time both in the film and in person talking about her father’s relationship with the music and especially the lyrics. There was one rare clip of an actual recording session at Capitol (“It Was A Very Good Year”) and another clip of him singing a ballad while a stagehand was seen in the background of the shot. Tina said that when the suggestion was made that they re-do the take, Frank no doubt said something along the lines of, “YOU can” (he was well-known for being a man of few takes). Sitting behind us was an elementary school classmate of Tina’s, who is the daughter of Kid Ory. For those of you who are not classic jazz fans, he was a trombonist  in New Orleans back during the birth of jazz. Awesome thought (according to his daughter, Babette, his music can be found on Spotify. There were all kinds of folks there from Capitol Records, where Sinatra did many of his classic recordings, and Tina at one point referred to the late talent mogul Lew Wasserman as “Uncle Lew” – which seemed funny to those of us with uncles a little less powerful. Santelli was a good moderator and a great face for the museum, emphasizing that they are focusing on lots of public events. Be sure to make some time to check out this museum – it’s great fun. From now until February 12, 2012, their newest exhibit is: “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”. It looks great and we plan to go back before February 12th to check it out more carefully. There’s also a terrific Mexican restaurant, Rosa Mexicano, around the corner – make a day of it!

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