The Beginning

I was born in East Harlem, N.Y. on December 25, 1958.  In 1966, we moved to
the Bronx, and
being the new kid on the block, I walked back and forth to school
alone for the first few weeks.  
I heard Frank Sinatra singing "My Kind Of Town,"
and to pass the time on my
new daily trek, I would sing the song to myself over
and over.  After a few days,
I decided I needed another song and began to explore
the only Sinatra album we owned at the time,
"A Man And His Music."  This was
the beginning of my addiction, not only to Sinatra, but to that whole world of
standard songs and singers.

It wasn't until age 43, after eight years of secretly taking voice lessons and one
year of cruising the New Jersey karaoke circuit, that I made my professional
debut at New York City's "Tavern On The Green," as male vocalist with
Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band in June, 2002.  Since then I've
performed from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, from Cape Cod to Nashville,
from Palm Beach to Beverly Hills, and from Ecuador to Italy.

In 2004, I started performing Frank Sinatra tribute shows at The Carnegie Club
in New York, and I'm still singing there every Saturday evening.  I've had the
pleasure of entertaining President & Mrs. Donald Trump, Lisa Lampanelli,
Vic Damone, Connie Francis, Jackie Mason, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman,
William Shatner, Brad Garrett, Dennis Farina, The Kennedy Family, and
most of the cast of "The Sopranos," just to name a few.  As well as multiple
sports figures, politicians, business moguls, and members of the press.


I've had the honor of sharing the stage with The Duke Ellington Orchestra,
Frankie Valli, Wayne Newton, Dionne Warwick, Deana Martin, Tony Danza,
Danny Aiello, Steve Tyrell, Joe Piscopo, Bucky Pizzarelli, Pat Cooper,
Norm Crosby, Larry King, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge,
The Spinners, and on a few occasions with Frank Sinatra's former
pianist/conductor, Vincent Falcone, among others.

I've appeared in the movies, "Frank & Alice," "Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn,"
"Once More With Feeling," and in the music video, "For One More Day."
I've also sung "The Tender Trap" on the soundtrack of "My Best Friend's Girl."
In the Off-Broadway play, "Playing Sinatra," my recordings of 11 popular Sinatra
songs were used to replace the originals.

I've released three CDs, "You Belong To Me & other songs Sinatra never recorded,"
"Songs For Sinatra Lovers," and "Sinatra en Bossa Nova."


Special highlights in my career were being the co-writer and official singer of
"The Danny DeVito Limoncello Song," used to promote the lemon flavored
liquore that bore Danny DeVito's signature.  Joining the all-star cast of
The Cannolis television show.  Becoming a member of the most prestigious
organization in show business, The Friars Club.
 

It's been a wild ride, and I'm far from being finished.

 

The most common compliment paid to me is,

"If Frank Sinatra heard the way you sing his songs …. he'd be proud." 

AND I HOPE THAT'S TRUE .....















 

















 











 

'cause i'm havin' a great time !!!

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