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