Personalities | Frank Sinatra | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1915–98)

Frank Sinatra was best known as a popular singer and film actor but established his jazz credentials early in his career. He combined the smooth, Italian bel canto style with a sure sense of swing, toured with Harry James and learned about breath control from Tommy Dorsey (1940–42). He worked with arrangers Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle in his classic years (1953–61). Later projects included collaborations with Count Basie (1962–66) and Duke Ellington (1967).

Styles & Forms | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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