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Ned Rifken - The Ambassador of Swing including a Tribute To Sinatra

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My name is Ned Rifken and for the last 12 years (over 2,000 shows) I've been a guest headliner performing as the Ambassador of Swing for several Cruise Lines internationally along with shows in the Los Angeles area. On land I've performed at hundreds of major events and celebrations and am known for my vast musical library which encompasses the best of the "Great American Songbook. Recently I've moved from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa and would like to perform here in the Bay Area within a 500 mile radius.

I've performed a well-received tribute to Sinatra at the Sands at the prestigious "Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport" to great acclaim. We recreated the entire classic album from 1966 with a live 17-piece band. My performances are not an imitation of any particular artist, but rather a celebration of the music of the classic Las Vegas era. I own a musical library of over 1,000 charts covering all facets of Big Band and the Rat Pack style of music, including instrumentals.

It's been my honor to perform with well-known Hollywood studio musicians who have played with Brian Setzer, The Manhattan Transfer, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, just to name a few!

In Los Angeles I've performed with the following bands:

Randy Van Horne's Alumni Association, Johnny Vana's Alumni Band, Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights, Bill Webster's Unabridged Big Band, Tim Davies Big Band, Geo Valle's Swing City, Paul McDonald's Big Band, Rex Merriweather's Not Your Father's Big Band, and The Bob Noval Orchestra.

Paul McDonald’s renowned Big Band and the Ambassador of Swing, Ned Rifken, present an incredible musical tribute to Frank Sinatra's first live album, performed in April 1966 with Count Basie: Sinatra at the Sands. The show contains the actual musical arrangements of Nelson Riddle, Billy Byers, Quincy Jones and others.

The original 1966 album Sinatra at the Sands has been described as ‘brilliant’, ‘incredibly exciting’, ‘the definitive portrait of Sinatra in the ’60’s’, ‘essential’, ‘a priceless document’ and ‘simply the best’. 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of this legendary album.

Accompanied by what is considered one of the greatest All-Star Big Bands in Los Angeles, International Headline Entertainer Ned Rifken sings all the wonderful songs from this sensational recording of Sinatra in his prime. The band brings to life the classic Basie instrumentals while Ned has proven that he is one of the best in the world at Sinatra-inspired singing, and as an entertainer in his own right.

For those who’ve never had the thrill of hearing a full Big Band perform Sinatra-Basie classics from this landmark album or those who have, “Sinatra at the Sands: A Musical Tribute” offers a rare opportunity to celebrate the best of the past in the here and now.

Songs in the program include:
Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, One for my Baby, You Make Me Feel So Young, Fly Me to the Moon, September of My Years, My Kind of Town, and many, many more!

This show is available in Concert or Dinner Dance format.

Sample Songlist
Ain't Misbehaving - Fats Waller I Believe in You - Frank Sinatra Nice and Easy - Frank Sinatra
Ain't That A Kick - Dean Martin I Could Have Danced All Night - Frank Sinatra Night and Day - Frank Sinatra
All I Need is the Girl - Frank Sinatra I Could Write a Book - Harry Connick Jr Oh Look at Me Now - Bobby Darin
All of Me - Frank Sinatra I Get a Kick out of You - Frank Sinatra Old MacDonald - Frank Sinatra
All The Way - Frank Sinatra I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett On A Clear Day - Frank Sinatra
Almost Like Being in Love - Frank Sinatra I'll Be Seeing You - Frank Sinatra / Tommy Dorsey One for My Baby - Frank Sinatra
Alright OK You Win - Joe Williams / Count Basie I'm Beginning to See the Light - Bobby Darin The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else - Frank Sinatra
Angel Eyes - Frank Sinatra I'm Sitting on Top of the World - Bobby Darin On the Street of Dreams - Frank Sinatra
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Bobby Darin In the Mood - Glenn Miller On the Street Where You Live - Frank Sinatra
Another You - Robbie Williams In the Still of the Night - Steve Lawrence Pennies from Heaven - Frank Sinatra / Count Basie
Around the World - Matt Monroe In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra Rainbow on My Shoulder - Bobby Darin
As Long as I'm Singing - Bobby Darin I Only Have Eyes for You - Frank Sinatra River, Stay Away from My Door - Frank Sinatra
The Best is Yet to Come - Frank Sinatra / Count Basie It Had to Be You - Harry Connick Jr Route 66 - Male Vocal
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin I Thought About You - Frank Sinatra Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week - Frank Sinatra
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino I've Got a Crush on You - Frank Sinatra The Shadow of Your Smile - Frank Sinatra
Blue Moon - Frank Sinatra I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues - Frank Sinatra Sleigh Ride - Harry Connick Jr
Blue Skies - Bing Crosby I've Got Everything I Need (Almost) - Blues Brothers South of the Border - Frank Sinatra
Call Me Irresponsible - Bobby Darin I've Got the World on a String - Frank Sinatra Splish, Splash - Bobby Darin
Candy - Frank Sinatra I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra Straighten Up and Fly Right - Robbie Williams
Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper I Wish I Were in Love Again - Frank Sinatra Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
Cheek to Cheek - Frank Sinatra I Won't Dance - Frank Sinatra The Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
Christmas Song - Nat King Cole Johnny B. Goode - Big Band Vocal Sunday in New York - Bobby Darin
Clementine - Bobby Darin Jump, Jive and Wail - Louis Prima Sunshine of My Life - Frank Sinatra
Coffee Song - Frank Sinatra Just A Gigolo - Louis Prima / David Lee Roth Swingin' on a Star - Frank Sinatra
Come Dance With Me - Frank Sinatra Just in Time - Frank Sinatra Teach Me Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra Kansas City - Big Band Vocal The Tender Trap - Frank Sinatra
Come Rain or Come Shine - Frank Sinatra Lady is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra That's All - Bobby Darin
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Michael Buble Lazy River - Bobby Darin That's Amore - Dean Martin
Danced All Night - Frank Sinatra Learnin' the Blues - Frank Sinatra That's Life - Frank Sinatra
Day by Day - Frank Sinatra Let's Fall in Love - Frank Sinatra There's a Rainbow 'Round my Shoulder - Bobby Darin
Days of Wine and Roses - Frank Sinatra Let the Good Times Roll - Ray Charles They All Laughed - Frank Sinatra
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Robbie Williams Lonesome Road - Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Nat King Cole L-o-v-e - Nat King Cole They Can't Take That Away From Me - Frank Sinatra
Don't Worry About Me - Frank Sinatra Love is Here to Stay - Frank Sinatra This Can't Be Love - Frank Sinatra
Embraceable You - Frank Sinatra Love Me - Elvis Presley Time After Time - Frank Sinatra
Everyday I Have the Blues - Joe Williams / Count Basie Luck be a Lady - Frank Sinatra Too Close for Comfort - Frank Sinatra
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime - Dean Martin Lullaby of Broadway - Tony Bennett Too Marvelous for Words - Frank Sinatra
Flip Flop and Fly - Big Joe Turner Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin Twist and Shout - Male Vocal
Fly Me to The Moon - Frank Sinatra Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway Walkin' My Baby - Nat King Cole
For Once in My Life - Frank Sinatra Moon River - Male Vocal What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Get me to the Church - Frank Sinatra / Count Basie Moonlight in Vermont - Frank Sinatra What Now My Love - Frank Sinatra
The Good Life - Frank Sinatra More - Bobby Darin Where or When - Frank Sinatra
Goody Goody - Frank Sinatra Mustang Sally - The Commitments Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra My Blue Heaven - Bobby Darin You are the Sunshine - Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly - Frank Sinatra My Kind of Girl - Matt Monroe You Brought A New Kind of Love - Frank Sinatra
Here's to the Losers - Frank Sinatra My Kind of Town - Frank Sinatra You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker
How Little We Know - Frank Sinatra My Way - Frank Sinatra You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
New York New York - Frank Sinatra