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Tribute To Frank Sinatra
Absolutely Sonata!





The Tribute to Frank Sinatra - Absolutely Sonata!
has performed with the following
Symphony Orchestras:
  • TBA Your Symphony Orchestra!
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (Buffalo, NY, USA)
  • Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Simply add symphony orchestra with Rick Sonata to pay a musical tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, in "Absolutely Sonata". Rick Sonata has opened for Tony Bennet, Phyllis Diller, Michael Burgess and Wayne Newton and has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Band, the Count Basie Band and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Rick is also a frequent performer in Las Vegas at the Mirage, MGM Grand, Excalibur and Caesar's Palace. Rick has appeard on the nightclub circuit for more than 19 years. In 2001, "Legends in Concert" producer John Stuart saw a video of Rick and promptly flew him to Las Vegas where he was hired as the Crooner for his production in Atlantic City, Branson Missouri and Myrtle Beach.

Rick's uncanny resemblance to Sinatra, his incredible vocal range, and high-energy charisma, has led to performances in Canada, United States, Italy and Australia. Rick has even characterized by Nancy Sinatra as "a dead ringer for dad", in that he is a a phenomenal entertainer with uncanny resemblance to Sinatra both physically and vocally. He has also performed at many corporate and fundraising events such as NHL Awards, Bombardier, The Keg Steakhouse, Daffodil Ball and the Humber River Regional Hospital Foundation.

It's not just in his stage presence, his cocky swagger, the phrasing of his songs or his resemblance to Frank Sinatra.......Rick has vocal talent, a feel for the music and the personal magnetism necessary for a headline performer.
He makes a sudden turn of the head and you gasp. It's eerie - he is Frank Sinatra as he was 50 years ago.

From “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” to “My Way”, the unmistakable sounds of Sinatra will be on display. This concert event is sure to take the audience back to the good ol' days of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

Musically and vocally superb, this show is sure not to be missed!




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Biography


Frank Sinatra, of course, was known for his blue eyes and while Rick Sonata's are most certainly brown, it is just the first of many signs this Tribute Artist is trying to capture something deeper. Even in a crowded coffee shop it's easy to pick him out, with his uncanny resemblance to the legendary crooner. Sure, Mr Sonata knows he could go for the schtick - wearing blue contact lenses and speaking in a faux-Jersey accent -- but when he stepped onto the stage at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, backed by 60 members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he offered something more authentic!

It all began at a friend's wedding when the then 26-year old was coaxed onto the stage. He'd grown up surrounded by music and by the sounds of the crooners in particular, but he'd never tried anything on stage before. "Back then I knew how to sing, but I was not a singer yet," he recalled. "The bandleader told me how much I looked like Frank and sounded like Frank and maybe we can polish you up a bit." Within a few years, Rick Sonata was doing weddings and other shows, playing with the band on weekends. It didn't take long before he was ready to step into the spotlight. In 1992, he made his first venture in the belly of the beast, Las Vegas. "I was nervous but it was very, very exciting," he says. "It's a big door that opened up. Now you're known as a Tribute Artist, the looks are there and the sound is there and the band is there." That door led to a regular schedule of shows from corporate gigs to theatre performances and Rick Sonata was able to quit his job as a Construction Site Supervisor.

Rick Sonata is meticulous in his efforts to recreate Sinatra without aping him. Even his arrangements are done by professionals, lifted directly from Sinatra's records. "I was not trying to be Sinatra at all," he says. Instead he was amazed, as he began to study the Chairman of the Board, how easy it was to match up his own personality and style with Sinatra's. "The whole package just came on its own; I'm not a wannabe," he says, stopping to laugh. "I dunno, maybe my mother had an affair in '56 in Vegas."

In Las Vegas and Reno, Rick Sonata was able to work with genuine showbiz legends such as Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton and Phyllis Diller. Overall his experience has been positive and he was treated as one of them. "When I'm on stage, I try not to be Frank, but we have a lot of things in common. I don't want to be known as an impersonator or a look-alike," he says. "When I'm dressed with the hat and the suit on, it's like Frank is out there in 1968. Learn the songs, learn the repertoire, learn some moves, mannerisms and then it all comes naturally."

In 2006, in addition to numerous successful corporate shows, he was the headline entertainer at high-profile and prestigious gala fundraisers that included the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), and Computers for Children. Also in the same year, he thrilled and delighted audiences with a series of concert performances backed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. On May 4, 2007 Rick Sonata was the featured guest artist at Toronto's illustrious Roy Thomson Hall and performed with select members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A portion of the funds generated by this prestigious event were donated to help benefit the Sick-Kids Foundation of Toronto.

When he's home, and not being Frank, he cooks, golf's and spends as much time as possible with his family. Rick Sonata is on the road almost every weekend, performing about 150 gigs a year. He has played everywhere from the dives on up but his eyes light up discussing the experience of being backed by a large, skilled orchestra. Mr Sonata has done a Toronto Symphony Orchestra style show in Buffalo, NY and has gigs lined up with some of the continent's best orchestras. "This is another level of the career. From the weddings to the Corporate to the Showrooms to the big bands and theatres...," he looks up and tries to find the words to demonstrate the excitement of being backed by such a musical ensemble. "It's beautiful...it's a thrill. I'm more of a showman, I'm more of an entertainer." Rick Sonata says. And, it goes without saying, he's doing it his way.

It's not just his stage presence, his cocky swagger, the phrasing of his songs or his resemblance to Sinatra...Rick has vocal talent, a feel for the music and the personal magnetism necessary for a headline performer. He makes a sudden turn of the head and you gasp. It's eerie - Rick is Frank Sinatra as he was 50 years ago. This is the often repeated comment you hear about this singer, Rick Sonata, who has the same talent that so many of the great singers have.

Sinatra was a large influence in the Sonata household. Rick, born to Italian parents from Le Marche, grew up listening to Sinatra. Rick sang Sinatra tunes for his own pleasure and he began buying Sinatra tracks which enabled him to learn Sinatra's repertoire. As he began performing publicly, the audience was mesmerized as to how much he looked and sounded like Frank Sinatra.

And now Rick Sonata has an active show business career and rightfully deserves his reputation as a "phenomenal entertainer". It's not just his stage presence, his cocky swagger, the phrasing of his songs or his resemblance to Frank Sinatra... Rick has vocal talent, a feel for the music and the personal magnetism necessary for a headline performer.

He has appeared on the night club circuit for more than ten years, travelling throughout the U.S. with his 16 piece orchestra in such hot spots as the Trump "Taj Mahal" in Atlantic City, NJ, the House Of Blues in New Orleans, LA and Circa 21 Dinner Theatre in Rock Island, IL, bringing the big band swing back to the day of the "Sands".

"Frank" Live! Rick has also performed for such luminaries as Phyllis Diller, Michael Burgess and performed at a pre-party show for Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton in Reno.

Rick has worked with some of the finest arrangers, including Stan Mark (Conductor/Lead Trumpet who performed with Maynard Ferguson), Eddie Graf (Arranger/Composer who worked with Victor Borge, Dinah Shore, Jerry Valle and Frank Sinatra), Peter Turre (Drummer/Director of Ray Charles) and Bobby Scan (Lead Trombone player for Frank Sinatra), Shelly Berger Symphony Arranger.

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Reviews


Sinatra Tribute
"Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Absolutely Sinatra. Rick Sonata could pass for Frank Sinatra in a blink - his voice and stage presence were fabulous. Must-see show. Musical arrangements sounded just like Sinatra's, if not better."
Julie Kianof More, Welcome Magazine Inc., Buffalo

"We were blown away by the Absolutely Sinatra show! Rick Sonata captured the presence and the essence of Frank Siantra and the orchestra, made up of key players of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra sounded fabulous as always."

Lillian Thalheimer, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

Buffalo News Review 10/21/06
"Performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the one-man show, "Absolutely Sonata," he got the swagger right. And much like the man he sought to impersonate, Sonata knows how to work a stage with energy and confidence.

Sonata certainly bears a resemblance to Sinatra. It was particularly uncanny in the first set as Sonata took to the stage in a tailored tux and Sinatra's trademark fedora.

Sonata also got the posture and the arm gestures down pat as he belted out a swinging arrangement of 'The Lady Is a Tramp', followed by another signature Sinatra tune, 'Summer Wind'."

By Harold McNeil
News Reviewer
"An engaging presence. he looks like a young Sinatra, has his arrogance, body language, smooth delivery and charm down pat."
The Toronto Star

"Headlined by Rick Sonata, who's resemblance to Sinatra is uncanny, performs 20 Sinatra classics in the style and pizzazz you want to hear over and over again accompanied by his 16 member orchestra."
Great Toronto Getaway

"Hottest show since Old Blue Eyes himself hit the stage."
Hot Toronto Magazine

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Past Performance Venues


Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Ed Mirvish Productions, Toronto
Elgin Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto
Excalibur, Las Vegas
Ford Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto
Hamilton Place, Hamilton
House of Blue, New Orleans
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
New York, New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Palais Royale Ballroom, Toronto
Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino, Reno
St. Lawrence Theatre, Toronto
Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City

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Song List


All Of Me
All The Way
Chicago
Come Fly With Me
East Of The Sun
Fly Me To The Moon
Get Me To The Church
Girl That Got Away
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I Only Have Eyes
It Was Just One Of Those Things
I've Got The World On A String
I've Got You Under My Skin
Lady is a Tramp, The
Let Me Try Again
Luck Be A Lady
My Funny Valentine
My Way
New York, New York
Nice 'n Easy
Night And Day
One For My Baby
Pennies From Heaven
Please Be Kind
Saturday Night
South Of The Border
Strangers In The Night
Summer Wind
That's Life
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Way You
Look Tonight, The
Where Or When
Witchcraft
You Make Me Feel So Young

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