By Don Heckman
Tomorrow, Saturday December 12, 2015, is Frank Sinatra’s birthday. He would have been 100. An age that seems almost inconceivable when applied to the astonishing life force so characteristic of Ol’ Blue Eyes for the entire course of his highly colorful life as an artist and a public figure.
It’s no surprise, of course, that Sinatra tributes, anniversaries, celebrations and more are taking place on a daily basis. The formats reach from CBS-TV’s 100 Sinatra All Star Grammy Concert last Sunday to performances of Sinatra songs by Sinatra wannabees in virtually every part of the world.
But the very best will take place tomorrow in Mashantucket CT when singer/actor Robert Davi celebrates Sinatra’s centennial at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino with a performance of songs from the classic Sinatra repertoire.
Proceeds from the CD sales will go toward the Friars Gift of Laughter Wounded Warriors program as well as First Responders of NYPD and NYFD and Sick Kids Hospital of Canada
Davi’s creative empathy for Sinatra’s music traces to his own roots. The offspring of Italian-American parents, Davi came to music early. Blessed with a voice that displayed remarkable potential – from pop and jazz to classical –- he was equally gifted as an actor, writer, director. And Davi’s long professional friendship and creative association with Sinatra began with his first motion picture role when he shared the screen with Sinatra in Contract on Cherry Street.
Robert Davi tells it best in his own words: