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Playing with Frank Sinatra

What a thrill to work with Frank Sinatra. Bobby Rosengarden and i were already doing the Jerry Lewis Telethon every labor day in NY and we got a call one year from Mary Tyler Moore who was launcing her own Telethon in LA for Juvenille Diabetes. Bobby called Doc Severinsen who he was very good friends with from the Tonight Show when it was in NY as Bobby was the drummer on that show. We both flew out to LA to put together the show and Doc graciously loaned us the whole tonight show band for this gig. These classic Sinatra arrangements were amazing and my trumpet almost played itself that night and what a band that was especially playing next to trumpet player and friend Snooky Young who swings like no other plus playing for the “Chairman of Board” is something i wont forget for sure. The twist and turns in life are amazing. I played with The Benny Goodman Sextet for 2 years and Benny was part of Frank’s launch at the famous Paramount Theatre in NY with lines of kids around the block and 50 years later here i am on TV with Frank who’s career went well beyond Benny.