A special birthday bash on Francis Albert Sinatra 103d birthday, with Lou Armagno & SINATRA SELECTS and their Special Guest: DIANNE PALMER.
Featuring: Mike Elkins—Piano; Marc Paige—Saxophones & Clarinet; Jim Mass—Bass; & Ricky Exton—Drums. Come celebrate a Legend—Sinatra!
Lou Armagno was performing in Honolulu Hawaii before moving back home to Cleveland in 2013. He deputed his first CD, “FLYIN’ HIGH” right here on our Nighttown stage May 2014. And their Sinatra Selects CD, “NEVER BEFORE” won a 2016 Hawaiian, Na Hoku Hanohano award. What sets Lou apart from other Rat Packer’s is his remarkable similarity in sound and delivery to “The Man” himself. You won’t believe your ears!”
Dianne Palmer is the featured vocalist with one of the most successful, longstanding, 19-piece big bands in Northeast Ohio. She has performed in regional theater companies, summer stock theaters and on cruise ships, and hosts live performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and their children’s Musical Rainbow Series. Dianne is also a sought-after voiceover artist for TV, radio, web narration, on-hold messaging, cartoon characters and video games, both nationally and internationally. She has also narrated more than 150 audiobooks in genres ranging from non-fiction and biographies to children's literature.
Mike Elkins is a pianist, music director, and arranger. He is a veteran of several area big bands and currently the pianist for the Dan Zola Orchestra. He has worked in regional musical theater productions as a pit orchestra member and music director at Beck Center, Huntington Playhouse, Clague Playhouse and the former Berea Summer Theater at Baldwin Wallace University. Mike is one half of the singing duo, Mike and Mary, in which he plays keyboards, sings, and arranges.
Marc Paige has been playing clarinet and saxophone for over 55 years. He has performed with many rock, blues and jazz groups, along with most of Cleveland's big bands. Additionally, he is a member of the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jim Mass is a Cleveland native with a diverse musical background spanning more than 40 years. Being equally comfortable on both Acoustic and Electric bass, he has played in most every musical genre. His musical foundation makes him a quick study, and a first call on many sub lists in the area. Groups he has played with include the NEO Jazz Orchestra, Skyline, Swing City Big Band, The Juice Band, Jazz Connection, Johnny Baron Quintet, the Tom Fries Orchestra, and more.
Ricky Exton has been active in the music community for over 2 decades. At an early age, Ricky's talents emerged as one of the Cleveland Tri C All Stars. He continued his career in music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a Baccalaureate in Professional Music. He has performed with Lou Rawls, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, Kim Nazarian, Linda Presgrave, and international guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza.