BLU BRINGS BACK DBBB!
After a string of sold-out appearances at BLU Jazz+, Akron's wildly popular Dave Banks Big Band returns featuring special guest vocalists Michael Sonata & Sandra Emerick with a swingin' early evening concert showcasing the music popularized by "Ol' BLU Eyes," Frank Sinatra!
Michael Sonata is one of the most sought after Frank Sinatra tribute artists in the country. His vocal styling and presence is second only to the masterful embodiment of the singing legend himself. Michael Sonata is truly the Frank Sinatra experience.
From concert halls to corporate events, Michael Sonata brings the sights, sounds, and simple sophistication of “Old Blue Eyes” live to the stage.He joins the Dave Banks Big Band for “Swingin’ with Sinatra” at BLU Jazz+ on September 10,
Trumpeter & bandleader David Banks has returned to the Northeast Ohio area after a twenty-year career in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed in over 4,000 shows there including numerous top production shows – including six years with the “City Lights” Show at the Flamingo Hilton and the “Moulin Rouge” at the Las Vegas Hilton. He worked with virtually every major entertainer in show business on the famous Las Vegas Strip and also was a member of the renowned Lou Elias Relief Orchestra.
Sandra Emerick sings with ParkPlace band and has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 2007, and has performed throughout Northeast Ohio in over 50 theatre productions. Shows include Chicago (Velma and Roxie), Light in the Piazza (Margaret), Evita (Eva Peron), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Little Shop of Horror (Audrey), Gypsy (Mama Rose), Kiss Me Kate (Kate), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeny), and West Side Story (Anita). Look for Sandra this fall with the Dave Banks big band in their Andrew Sisters Tribute.
The Dave Banks Big Band and the FlyGals come to the Lincoln Theatre November 11!
*DBBB backs brand new Andrew Sisters Show!
On November 11, The Dave Banks Big Band will debut a brand new tribute show featuring "The FlyGals! performing a tribute the the great Andrew Sisters! Shannon Eller, Sandra Emerick, and Carolyn Baer make up this fabulous singing trio and the show will premiere at the Lions Lincoln Theatre, located at 156 Lincoln Way East in Massillon, Ohio! Showtime is 7:30pm. For tickets, go to :
Dave Banks and Jimmy Mulidore Reunited again!
**Las Vegas Legend duos with DBBB June 16!
The Rubber City's own wildly popular & hard-swingin' big band brought the flavors of the New York City & Los Angeles jazz scenes to Akron, while featuring legendary Las Vegas saxophonist and renowned bandleader, Jimmy Mulidore! It was in Las Vegas where Banks originally linked up with legendary West Coast saxophonist & renowned bandleader, Jimmy Mulidore, whose resume includes performances with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, & Louis Armstrong. Moving to Las Vegas in 1957 provided Mulidore the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business. He began working at the renown Sands Hotel and Casino with the Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Dean Martin. By 1969, Jimmy was musical director at the Las Vegas Hilton, a position he held for eighteen years (and where he also shared the bandstand with Dave).
Notable songs from this exciting show were Stan Kenton's "Malaga," Woody Hermon's "Sister Sadie" "Somewhere", and "Cherokee.". Dave also ended the evening with an encore rendition of Maynard Ferguson's "MacArthur Park."
Performing with the band were Don Turoso, Tom Reed, Bob Esterle, John Orsini, Dick Willis (saxes), John English, Erik Gimbel, Jack Schantz (trumpets), Phil Brice, Chas Baker, Jason Smith, Scott Garlock (trombones), Jeremey Poparad (guitar), Alex Hoyt (piano), Chris Conway (bass), and Mark Gonder (drums).
National Rat Pack Show Featured DBBB Again!
The Dave Banks Big Band once again showed its musical ability to back major entertainers. The band came to the Packard Music Hall in Warren Ohio on January 8 to back one of the National touring Rat Pack Shows. The Musical Director is one of Dave's Las Vegas buddies, Lon Bronson. Also assisting and playing trumpet was Dave Perrico, who was an alum of the DBBB and has since moved to Las Vegas and tore up the strip with his Pop Evolution and Pop Strings Ensembles. There was a huge crowd and the evening's promoters were thrilled with the show!