Sinatra and the Count at Dave Dunnet Community Theatre on April 18 is Joe's celebration of the great musical collaboration between Frank Sinatra and Count Basie Orchestra that was most famously captured on the critically-acclaimed 1966 recording, Sinatra at the Sands.
Joe Coughlin's old pal and fellow Canadian jazz great Phil Dwyer has put together an all-star, 17-piece orchestra conducted by jazz veteran Bryan Stovell to back Coughlin's Sinatra-inspired readings of Old Blue Eyes' acclaimed, original big band arrangements by Billy May, Nelson Riddle and Quincy Jones.
The Phil Dwyer Orchestra features Dwyer's Juno Award and Order of Canada-winning tenor sax with a who's who of Canadian jazz including veteran Edmonton-based fellow Juno Award and Order of Canada-winning alto saxophonist P.J. Perry, Vancouver band leader and guitarist Bill Coon, and Dr. Tony Genge playing Count Basie-inspired piano and organ. Ryan Oliver, Miguelito Valdez, Bruce Hurn, Patrick Boyle, Nick La Riviere, Ken Lister, Hans Verhoeven...almost everyone in the orchestra is a band leader, all are stars on the local jazz scene. It's an amazing big band that will do justice to Coughlin's jazz genius, and it will swing!