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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”.
As you know, a couple of weeks ago I was in Barbados with Harry The Piano and Sinatra Jukebox for the Holder’s festival. I’ve just had this email from a Mr Rob Brooks who came to the show with his wife and friends: (Read more…)April 13th 2014
The first performance of the new Nat ‘King’ Cole show on 11 May has sold out. That marks the fifth sell out show in a row for Gary on his old home turf of Cleethorpes. (Read more…)April 10th 2014
We had a great time with Sinatra Jukebox in Barbados. Thank you to all who came along to give us a great sell out show. What a week it was. You can read a couple of features in the local news by clicking here and here. (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…)