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Sinatra Idol Contest 2014

sinatrajamesdThurs., June 12
6:30pm to 9pm

Due to the threat
of inclement
weather for both

Thursday & Friday,
Sinatra Idol will take place indoors
on Thursday June 12th at

DeBaun Auditorium
Corner of 5th & Hudson St.
500 Hudson Street, Hoboken
on the campus of Steven’s Institute of Technology
Just one block west of Sinatra Park.

featuring hosts:
Gary Simpson
& Geri Fallo

Prizes awarded to the best Sinatra Style Singers
Admission is free

Co-sponsored by Muller Insurance


With our panel of esteemed judges:

Brother Biggie, Owner of Biggie’s Clam Bar

Jimmy Farina, Hoboken City Clerk

Bill LaRosa, Director, Hudson County Cultural Affairs
& Heritage Affairs/Tourism Develpment

Diana London, Artistic Director/Producer of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble

Florence Pape, Director of Development, Hudson Theatre Ensemble
& Silly on Sixth Children’s Series

 

Below is the list of contestants for 2014.

  • Arthur Apicella, Wantagh, NY; Social Insurance Specialist at the Social Security Administration.  Arthur is a Navy Veteran having served during The Cold War. I have been singing the songs of Frank Sinatra since I was a child. His music always filled the house I lived in. My parents were great dancers in their day and were always playing his music. Sinatra’s music is a reflection of our lives, the joys and sorrows, ups and downs. When I sing his music it’s just my way of celebrating life.
  • Mark DiMattia, Newark, Delaware; IT Consultant. I’ve been singing since I was a kid. I started in rock, then blues, then jazz. I was singing in NYC once and the guys said I sounded like Sinatra. So I started doing Sinatra’s music with the band. Then I fell in love with his music and the rest is history. It’s been the soundtrack of my life ever since. It’s my desert island music. The last voice I wanna hear is Frank’s, as he always wished.
  • Nick Fiasco, Monroeville, Pennslyvania; Advertising Professional.  I’ve had a career in advertising for over 30 years, but have been publicly singing the songs made famous by Frank Sinatra for the last decade. Since I was a child, I have always loved Frank’s music.  His timing, phrasing, vocal tone and range are, to this day, unequaled by any other vocalist. During my advertising career, I spent much time on the road and would occupy myself by listening to Sinatra’s music. I’d sing along and learn the lyrics and timing and eventually made a recording of myself. I let my wife take a listen, and she thought it was Frank himself!  So I made a website, www.nickfiasco.com, and things progressed from there. I now perform at many public venues, festivals, private parties and corporate functions. To perform in Hoboken, the birthplace of my idol, is a dream come true for me.
  • Bill Gagliardi, Lakewood, NJ; Retired From the Jewelry Industry  I have been doing a Sinatra Tribute Act since I retired in 2006. Needless to say, Mr. Sinatra’s music has been part of my life since I was 15 and I am now 73. I have always sung his songs, even when I was a teenager, at parties or family events and weddings. At my own wedding almost 50 years ago I sang “I Got A Crush On You” to my wife. Frank Sinatra’s music means so much to me and I feel blessed that I have lived in the era when he sang.
  • Jim Germanakos, Elmont, NY; Retired Police Officer. I’m from Long Island, where I currently working as a musician, singing at restaurants, clubs, parties, and for cocktail hours and weddings. My real love for swing music and the standards began in high school when I played the clarinet. I was the #1 seated clarinet player for Long Island high schools, and I used to love listening to Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. This led me to AM radio and WNEW-1130. I fell in love with the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin, while my friends listened to KISS and Bruce Springsteen. I got a college scholarship in college to play the alto and tenor saxophones. My mom used to teach voice at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and helped me with my phrasing. But the style and swagger in my voice came naturally
  • Stephen Green, Rosedale, NY; Paralegal. I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra as a little kid in the car along with many other standard singers, but he’s the one that stood out to me as the best. He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever heard before and I have been trying to replicate his style of singing for years. I am young (24), but have the oldest soul you’ll ever meet when it comes to music. I listen to Sinatra almost every day. Life would truly not be the same without him.
  • Frank Hartman, Bridgeton, NJ; Roofer. When I was 18 I had 22 albums of Sinatra and listened to them every spare minute that I had. What I liked about Sinatra was his phrasing and his ability to tell a story. He also had a knack for picking out good songs. Classy, dynamic and smooth are the words to describe the singer who has taken it upon himself to continue the work that Frank Sinatra started so many years ago.
  • Ray Livosi, Bonita Springs, Florida; Paralegal and Sinatra Impersonator.  Ray Livosi was born in the Bronx and has been entertaining audiences since the 1970s. As a musician and back-up singer, he has performed in clubs and lounges with original members of the Belmonts (“Teenager In Love”), the Earls (“I Believe”), the Duprees (“You Belong To Me”) and the Regents (“Barbara Ann”). He also has acted in community theaters. After discovering he could imitate the voice, mannerisms and vocal style of original musical artists, Ray started his own group and continued perfecting his craft. While performing in New York clubs, Ray would sing Frank’s songs in the unique Sinatra style.
  • Alexa Marino, Morganville, NJ; Yellen Studio of Red Hook, New York. I am currently working at the Yellin Studio of Red Hook NY for the world famous artist and sculpture Dustin Yellin. Growing up in an Italian family, Sinatra music was a huge part of my childhood. His music always brings me back to the days of singing in the backyard for my family and learning to love the music of the Great American Songbook sung so beautifully by Mr. Sinatra. In December 2011 I was chosen to sing at the Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ with 2011 Hoboken Idol Greg Myers. My love for Sinatra’s style intensifies every year. His music is timeless and I take great care in staying true to the style he created.
  • Ralph Muro, Endicott, NY; Retired School Teacher. I am a retired school teacher having taught for 36 years in Binghamton NY.  I started singing Sinatra tunes back in high school.  Presently, I have been a vocalist for ten years with a 15 piece swing orchestra.  In addition, on my own, I sing with vocal tracks at private parties, local establishments, and wedding cocktail hours.  For me Frank Sinatra was the best.  With every song he became the song and the song became him.  I try to put the same passion and feeling into what I’m singing.
  • Eric Richardson, Bel Air, Maryland; Dean Martin Impersonator. Eric is a Baltimore-based actor/vocalist, and entertainer in the style of Frank Sinatra’s best “pallie”. He has performed with numerous Rat Packs over the past 5+ years (including two with a “Jerry Lewis”) Frank Sinatra has been almost as influential to my performances as Dean Martin. So singing Sinatra’s tunes was a natural progression for me. In fact I created my “Pallies Set” to include several of Frank’s songs in each of my shows. I also perform a new show, “Just Being Frank With You, Dino’s Tribute to his best pallie, Sinatra.”
  • Gabriel Russo, Dahlonega, Georgia; Artist. I’m an Artist and operate Mystic Mountain Studio where we paint Murals, Portraits and Landscapes. I spent two weeks every summer with my grandparents on Park St., Hoboken, until I was 15 years old. My family ate, drank and slept Sinatra. His was practically the only voice I heard from a Victrola for the first years of my life. In 1960 I started singing with my Father in night clubs at eight years old. He always joked that babysitters were too expensive. I began voice lessons at St. John’s Cathedral in Wilmington, Delaware under British choir master ‘Stoddard Smith’. I sang with my Dad and Paul Richardson, the Stadium Organist for the Philadelphia Philly’s, as well as with the ‘Manny Klein Orchestra into the early eighties. From the 1970’s through the late ’90’s, I performed a lot of theater, Jazz and Rock and Roll.  In 1999, I began to revisit my vocal past singing songs written during the time of professional song writers. My goal is to keep this performance genre alive introducing it to new audiences. I wear my father’s tuxedos to perform in now that he’s gone.
  • Charles Stayduhar Jr., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Contractor. Charles has been enjoying listening and singing along to Frank Sinatra since he was a teenager. My first 8-track tape was Sinatra. Thanks to his years as a bartender that people realized he really did sound like Frank. The opportunity  to perform arose years later at the age of 35. Now 50, and known in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area as Mr. S, Charles performed over 40 shows last year.
  • Humphrey O. Uddoh, Jersey City, NJ; Attorney Working in the Public Sector. Humphrey’s passion for Sinatra’s music stems from his enthusiasm for singing in the “crooner style”.  During his junior high school years at the United Nations International School in New York, he was introduced to different styles of music from around the world, which experience he treasures to this day.  Humphrey was also fortunate to have a mother who was friends with Sammy Davis Jr.’s wife, Maibritt, and had occasion to watch Mr. Davis rehearse and perform on various occasions; those performances served to inspire Humphrey to sing himself during his college years at Vassar College. During College, however, Humphrey lost his ability to sing when he picked up a cigarette smoking habit, which lasted into his adulthood. Smoke free now for the past five years, Humphrey has re-acquired his ability to sing, and is looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to sing at the Frank Sinatra competition.
  • Joseph Vozzella, Bayonne, NJ; Major Appliance Tech, HVAC service/install/all phases.
    Joe was a professional vocalist for many years,singing songs from great groups such as Jay Black, Dupree’s, Stylistics and his most favorite,  “Sinatra”.  Frank’s style of singing was ultimately the most meaningful and sincere in his choice of words and music. There is no other to compare. Bayonne had a band outing every week. In the summer of 2013, Joe was honored to sing with Larry Chance and the  Earls. It was an awesome show. 

 

Last years winner, Mario Cruz, will be on hand to sing a few songs & pass the trophy to the 2014 winner. Mario lives in Guttenberg, NJ and is a Teacher of English as a second language. After a student asked Mario for the lyrics to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” he played the song many times.  The more he listened to it, the more he liked it.  He started buying Sinatra music and eventually started to perform Sinatra songs at restaurants, outdoor festivals and weddings.

Thanks to our sponsors: Muller Insurance, Carlos Bakery
& Stan’s Sports Center
for their generous support.

Thanks to all of the local businesses who donated prizes including:

Ali Baba Restaurant • Arthur’s Tavern • Biggie’s Clam Bar • Body Balance • Cafe Michelina

Carp Diem Pub & Restaurant • Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse • Empire Coffee & Tea Co.

Hoboken Cigars • Hoboken Golf •Hudson Tavern • Leo’s Grandevous • Lepore’s Chocolates

Madison Bar & Grill • Massage Envy Spa • Mr. L’s Barber • Onieals • Sedona • Sparrows

Stan’s Sports Center  • Starbuck’s • Teak on Hudson • Tunes • W. Kodak Jewelers

 

Here is some press from previous years

CBSNEWS – Sinatra Style Singers Fly To The Moon In Hoboken

http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=113522@wcbs.dayport.com

See this News Video

JERSEY JOURNAL NEWSPAPER – See the Pictures Attached and Article below  –

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2008/06/hobokens_own_wins_best_sinatra.html


COMPETING

If you are interested in competing in 2015, please forward the following information to: hoboculturalaffairs@gmail.com.

Email your slow mail address, phone number, what  you do for a living, a short statement about how you got started singing Sinatra tunes and what his music means to you, as well as, a web page link, You Tube or sonic bid of yourself singing. Include, in order of preference, your top 5 favorite Sinatra tunes that you like to sing.
Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015.

Applying, does not guarantee admission into the competition. If you are selected,
you will receive an email notification by April 1st, 2015 with instructions.

 

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