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“Michael Bublé isn’t the only person keeping the Sinatra Flame alive,” so said the London Times of Gary Williams, star of the West End’s “Rat Pack” and soloist with leading big bands and concert orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the BBC Big Band, Ireland’s RTE and the Lahti Sinfonia Finland.
Other work includes performing for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, ‘That’s Entertainment’ a tribute to the MGM musicals with the John Wilson Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, performing at Sinatra’s Palm Springs home for the LA Jazz Institute, Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, ‘Winter Wonderland’ at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘A Swingin’ Session’ with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in Los Angeles, ‘Big Band Wonderland’ at Ronnie Scott’s, ‘The Legend of Sinatra’ (UK tour), a tribute to the music of Fred Astaire presented by his daughter Ava, BBC Pebble Mill, Gloria Hunniford’s ‘Open House’ (with Donny Osmond and Burt Bacharach), the soundtrack for the Warner Bros’ motion picture ‘Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution’ and BBC1’s ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’. Time Out described his ‘Sinatra Jukebox’ show as “An evening of old school virtuosity.”
As the author of ‘Cabaret Secrets: How to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love’, he’s literally written the book on stage craft. It was described by David Ackert as, “a career GPS for cabaret performers.”
His three acclaimed Abbey Road studio albums prompted Oscar winning lyricist Don Black to say “In a world of Pop Idol mediocrity Gary Williams shines like a dazzling beacon” and the London Evening Standard called him, “The UK’s leading standard bearer for the supercool era”.
I’ll be recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra next week for a special “Celebration of David Jacobs” alongside Michael Ball, Joe Stilgoe, Marti Webb and Liz Robertson. Other contributors include Chris Evans, Tony Hall (Director General of the BBC), Desmond Carrington and Ken Bruce. (Read more…)January 27th 2014
Excitement is mounting as Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is soon it visit Europe for the first time. Royal Caribbean’s Michelle Arrazola generously said today, “On Oasis of the Seas, guest expectations are high. We need the best of the best. That’s why Gary Williams was always on our wish list”. (Read more…)December 22nd 2013
Thanks to Gaby Roslin and her team at BBC Radio London for a fun radio spot yesterday. It was by far the most chaotic radio studio I’ve ever been in. We had no idea what was happening next, so thank goodness Nathan Martin is such a great pianist and works so well on the spot. (Read more…)
There are two ways an audience can really show their appreciation: give you a standing ovation and buy a CD. One’s good for your ego, the other pays your bar bill.
When I first started working on cruise ships I almost always got a full standing ovation. I came to expect it. If it didn’t happen I’d be cross with myself – I must have messed something up, not given them enough, or whatever.
With more experience my act improved and a strange thing happened. People stopped standing up. I’d do a great show but no matter what I tried, no standing ovation. I drove myself crazy trying to remember what I used to do that had worked so well. (Read more…)