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Sinatra: A Man and His Music

Rickey Minor, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Sep 24-26, 2021
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Rickey Minor, guest conductor

Michael Andrew, vocalist

SINATRA will feature Sinatra at the Sands, the iconic 1966 album with the Chairman, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the incandescent talent of Quincy Jones as Music Director, Conductor, and Arranger.

Returning favorite, vocalist Michael Andrew, brings Sinatra’s swagger and style back to the stage. Michael performed two Sinatra programs with the POPS, including 2015’s Sinatra: A Centennial Celebration and 2018’s Sinatra & Friends. Michael is an acclaimed singer, bandleader and an authority on Sinatra.  

Making his debut with the POPS is explosive, Emmy award-winning guest conductor Rickey Minor. Rickey is a perfect fit for this program with household names experience—Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Adele, and Jennifer Hudson—and as Quincy’s mentee and friend.

Sinatra started singing at the Sands in 1953, and by the early ‘60s, it had become the home of the Rat Pack. Quincy Jones first worked with Sinatra in 1958. Later, Sinatra hired Jones to arrange and conduct his second collaboration with Count Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing. Jones arranged and conducted a benefit, which featured the Rat Pack and the Count Basie Orchestra, and Jones was the arranger and conductor when Sinatra and Basie appeared on The Hollywood Palace TV show. After these performances, the three men were in-sync and primed for this historic live album. 

When talking about Sinatra at the Sands in his autobiography, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones said, “Frank was at the height of his powers then, and I was steering his musical ship, [the Count Basie Orchestra,] the greatest band in the world.”

See Michael Andrew talk about his greatest influence—Frank Sinatra!

Performance Repertoire: 

• Come Fly With Me (Jimmy Van Heusen)
• They Can’t Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin)
• Get Me to the Church On Time (Frederick Loewe)
• Night and Day (Cole Porter)
• I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter/Nelson Riddle)
• All of Me (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons/Bill Byers)
• Ring-A-Ding-Ding (Jimmy Van Heusen)
• I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren/Count Basie)
• I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Fred Ahlert/Count Basie)
• Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis)
• Luck Be a Lady (Frank Loesser)
• Come Fly with Me (Jimmy Van Heusen)
•I’ve Got a Crush on You (George Gershwin/Michael Andrew)
• I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter/Micheal Andrew)
• One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer)
• Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard)
• You Make Me Feel So Young (Josef Myrow)
• One O’Clock Jump (Count Basie)
• The Lady is a Tramp (Richard Rodgers)
• My Kind of Town (Jimmy Van Heusen/Michael Andrew)
• That’s Life (Dean Kay/Kelly Gordon)
• New York, New York (John Kander)

(Repertoire subject to change)

Guest Artists
Rickey Minor

Rickey Minor, Guest Conductor


Emmy® Award winning Music Director, Conductor, Composer, and Producer.
He’s worked with renowned recording artists such as: Whitney Houston, Adele, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Janelle Monáe, Demi Lovato, Keith Urban, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Khalid, Katy Perry, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, H.E.R., Arianna Grande, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Lenny Kravitz, Gladys Knight, Brandi Carlile, Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Ella Mai, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Elton John, Common, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Ed Sheeran, Usher and Beyoncé.

His numerous television credits include The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, American Idol, The Kennedy Center Honors, The American Music Awards, The Superbowl, The Grammys, The Emmys and the Academy Awards.

He has received 9 Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction
“Aretha! A Celebration for the Queen of Soul”
“The 91st Annual Academy Awards”
Taking The Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America. (winner)
Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees
The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House

The 51st Annual Grammy Award,
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards
An Evening of Stars: A Tribute to Chaka Khan
Genius: A Night for Ray Charles

Michael Andrew, vocalist


For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City, where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live radio broadcast, Live from the Rainbow Room. He was the bandleader and singer at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” in the Beverly Hilton in California. While on Larry King Live, Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.”

A frequent symphonic pops guest artist, Michael Andrew has appeared with orchestras in Akron, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Charlotte, Melbourne (Florida), Houston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Missoula, Orlando, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Providence, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, San Antonio, Sarasota, and other cities across America.

He wrote the musical comedy, Mickey Swingerhead & the Earthgirls, that was a hit with audiences and the press. The hit show led to the formation of his band, Swingerhead, which remains a favorite among audiences and has toured extensively throughout the country. Michael also formed the Atomic Big Band, an 18-piece band that has performed in Hollywood for the premier of the Warner Bros. movie, Poseidon, and his bands continue to play engagements from Presidential Inaugural Balls to high society fundraisers.

On the other side of the curtain, as a composer, lyricist and book writer, he's created shows paying tribute to the writers of the American Songbook including Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and the Gershwins. He composed / performed his music for motion pictures including Heartbreakers, Inglourious Basterds, Mad Hot Ballroom, Bobby Jones – Stroke of Genius, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Recently, he produced music for Mitch Album’s new musical, Hockey, which debuted in Detroit.

Michael Andrew starred in the world premiere of the new musical, The Nutty Professor, written by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes and directed by Jerry Lewis. Time Magazine praised his “terrific lead performance” and Jerry Lewis called him “one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years.”

“Quincy not only set the stage, he built it. He’s my friend, mentor and an inspiration to us all”
Rickey Minor