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Sinatra's Centennial Return

EAU CLAIRE, Wis, - In honor of the late Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensembles are constructing a one of a kind celebration. 

Thursday May 5, jazz ensembles I-IV will be coming together for a combined concert honoring Sinatra’s music. In addition to University ensembles, Steve Vecchi of The Smash Hit Men will be performing.Vecchi is a talented vocalist, currently based out of New Jersey. He has opened for jazz giants BB King, Spyro Gyra, Connie Stevens, The 4 Aces, The 4 Lads, and even comedians Louie Anderson and Bill Kirchenbauer. 

Vecchi is familiar with the Sinatra sound as he specializes in “swing era” music, but has additional experience with many vocal genres. He also brings with him scores from the original Frank Sinatra band that will be used throughout the evening. 

The concert ends the university jazz year on a high note, showcasing every aspect of the jazz studies program, a unique musical experience for not only audience members, but the performers themselves. Sinatra’s swing is especially influential for UWEC Jazz Studies Director Robert Baca, as he professionally played trumpet in Sinatra’s big band some time before landing in Eau Claire. 

The concert will take place in the 600-seat Gantner Concert Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased the day of the concert, or online through the UWEC Service Center. General admission is $7, seniors/17 & under $5, and UWEC faculty/staff/students $2.