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SINATRA: A Man and His Music features Sinatra at the Sands, the iconic 1966 album with the Chairman, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the incandescent talent of Quincy Jones as Music Director, Conductor, and Arranger.
Making his debut with the POPS is explosive, Emmy award-winning guest conductor Rickey Minor. Rickey is a perfect fit for this program with household names experience—Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Adele, and Jennifer Hudson—and as Quincy’s mentee and friend.
Returning favorite, vocalist Michael Andrew, brings Sinatra’s swagger and style back to the stage. Michael performed two Sinatra programs with the POPS, including 2015’s Sinatra: A Centennial Celebration and 2018’s Sinatra & Friends. Michael is an acclaimed singer, bandleader and an authority on Sinatra.
Sinatra started singing at the Sands in 1953, and by the early ‘60s, it had become the home of the Rat Pack. Quincy Jones first worked with Sinatra in 1958. Later, Sinatra hired Jones to arrange and conduct his second collaboration with Count Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing. Jones arranged and conducted a benefit, which featured the Rat Pack and the Count Basie Orchestra, and Jones was the arranger and conductor when Sinatra and Basie appeared on The Hollywood Palace TV show. After these performances, the three men were in-sync and primed for this historic live album.
When talking about Sinatra at the Sands in his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones said, “Frank was at the height of his powers then, and I was steering his musical ship, [the Count Basie Orchestra,] the greatest band in the world.”
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About Rickey Minor, Guest Conductor
Rickey Minor is an Emmy® Award winning Music Director, Conductor, Composer, and Producer.
He’s worked with renowned recording artists such as: Whitney Houston, Adele, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Janelle Monáe, Demi Lovato, Keith Urban, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Khalid, Katy Perry, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, H.E.R., Arianna Grande, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Lenny Kravitz, Gladys Knight, Brandi Carlile, Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Ella Mai, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Elton John, Common, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Ed Sheeran, Usher and Beyoncé.
His numerous television credits include The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, American Idol, The Kennedy Center Honors, The American Music Awards, The Superbowl, The Grammys, The Emmys and the Academy Awards.
He has received 12 Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction
“Aretha! A Celebration for the Queen of Soul”
“The 91st Annual Academy Awards”
Taking The Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America. (winner)
Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees
The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
The 51st Annual Grammy Award,
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards
An Evening of Stars: A Tribute to Chaka Khan
Genius: A Night for Ray Charles
About Michael Andrew, guest vocalist
For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City, where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live radio broadcast, Live from the Rainbow Room. He was the bandleader and singer at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” in the Beverly Hilton in California. While on Larry King Live, Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.”
A frequent symphonic pops guest artist, Michael Andrew has appeared with orchestras in Akron, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Charlotte, Melbourne (Florida), Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Missoula, Orlando, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Providence, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, San Antonio, Sarasota, and other cities across America.
He wrote the musical comedy, Mickey Swingerhead & the Earthgirls, that was a hit with audiences and the press. The hit show led to the formation of his band, Swingerhead, which remains a favorite among audiences and has toured extensively throughout the country. Michael also formed the Atomic Big Band, an 18-piece band that has performed in Hollywood for the premier of the Warner Bros. movie, Poseidon, and his bands continue to play engagements from Presidential Inaugural Balls to high society fundraisers.