An Albany Civic Center staff member confirmed Tuesday that singer-conductor Frank Sinatra Jr. will perform with the Albany State University Jazz Band on Nov. 17.
An announcement for the fund-raising concert, which will benefit ASU music scholarship recipients, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Lovett Hall. In addition to the concert, which will be held at the Albany Municipal Auditorium, Sinatra will hold a clinic for area high school and college musicians, said the Civic Center staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Sinatra is the son of famed musician and actor Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato. The 65-year-old is the younger brother of Nancy Sinatra.
The younger Sinatra was his father’s musical conductor from 1988 until the elder Sinatra’s death in 1998. Frank Sinatra Jr. often performs his father’s songs in performances titled, “Sinatra Sings Sinatra.” In 2006, Sinatra Jr. released an album entitled “That Face!” including the songs “You’ll Never Know” and “Spice,” which Sinatra Jr. wrote.[amazon-product alink="0000FF" bordercolor="000000" height="240" tracking_id="flintricom-20"]B000002SJ6[/amazon-product]
Then 19, Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped in 1963 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and released two days later when his father paid a $240,000 ransom. The kidnappers were captured, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to prison terms.
To communicate with the kidnappers on pay telephones as they demanded, Sinatra Sr. carried a roll of dimes with him. Sinatra Sr. then continued the practice of carrying a dime roll with him the rest of his life.
Because Sinatra Jr. was the namesake of one of the world’s most famous entertainers who had ties with the highest echelons of government and of organized crime, the kidnapping is considered the second most-infamous in American history after that of the Lindbergh baby in 1932.