Premier big band vocalist James Anthony performs a unique selection of swingin' big band songs, ballads, show tunes and torch song arrangements of the American Songbook spanning from the 1920s - 1970s. James was raised in Queens, NY until 1968, then Las Vegas became home at 8. James grew up in a time and place that offered musical influence that constantly surrounded him by various styles of big band jazz.
James' wide range, his signature tones, rich whispers, amazing breath control, timing and phrasing will take you to a place where the story comes to life. James is a former RCA Records from the 80s, inducted into the LV Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Sony Records Distributions.
James was very professional, he stood by his word, and truly entertained my guests at my husband's 60th Bday party. He was quick witted and worked his improve style very well. My request was to sing Happy Birthday as well as 'My Way', he has great tone and able to project his voice along with keeping up with that rat pack style.
A perfect performance. Tailored to the occasion. Everyone had a great time!
James was so terrific that words don’t give him justice! His performance blew the guest of my fathers 90th birthday party away,! He sang very special songs that brought back very found memories of the past locations where we lived around the world!
His side kick “Dean” was added bonus ! James and “Dean” were both wonderful and accommodate every wish I could have dreamed of!
James rendition of ‘My Way” brought tears to everybody ‘s eyes! It was just unbelievable fantastic! evening that none of us will ever forget!
Thank you so much!!
My mom is a life-long Frank Sinatra fan, and an original "bobby soxer" from the 1940s, so I booked James Anthony's Tribute to Sinatra. Our gathering was small, as so many of her friends are no longer with us, but that didn't deter James, who provided an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable program, providing spot-on renditions of a number of Frank's most memorable hits. James' performance provided an unforgettable centerpiece for my mom's party, and he sat and talked with us, and even shared in her birthday cake, before he had to depart for his evening gig. Thank you, James!
Response from James Anthony's Salute To Sinatra:
Harry, it was my pleasure to perform in such an intimate and up close setting. Everyone and especially the birthday girl, your mom Jean, we're also very kind and fun. Jean is such a gem and her stories of seeing Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater in New York during the 40s are priceless.
This is why we, as entertainers, perform, not just to be on a big stage with our big band or orchestra, but to perform for those special moments where we can be there, up close and personal.
We entertainers, no matter what level we are at, have a responsibility to perform and to entertain to everyone.
Performing for your mother's 90th birthday (an original bobbysoxer) was the highlight of my year. Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for your gracious review.
James was amazing, he was very professional leading up to the event. He arrived early to rehearse, put together a wonderful group of musicians, and was a hit. Everyone was asking where I found him. Would absolutely recommend.
Response from James Anthony's Salute To Sinatra:
Thank you Maisie, performing for my hometown Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce for this Washington DC Congressional Event on Capitol Hill was the event of the year. Your professionalism and attentiveness to our needs were of the highest level. I look forward to working with you again one day.
Regards, James Anthony
James Anthony delivered an amazing performance. His vocal talent blew our guests away and made the evening truly memorable. His professionalism far exceeds what I have experienced with singers/bands in the past and I would 100% hire him again in the future.
The Medical Staff at my hospital host a Dinner/Dance every year. Each year it is the same tired boring affair. This year was different. I took a really big risk changing it up on people who are very set in their ways and I am pleased to report it was a GIANT SUCCESS. My vision was more show, more entertaining, more fun and Eric Richardson as 'Dean Martin' delivered on all points. Not only did he bring his A game but he also collaborated with James Anthony as 'Frank Sinatra' and the Shades of Blue Orchestra to bring my vision of a 1940's Dinner and a Show to life.
We had 180 guests and the feedback was fantastic. Talented is an understatement.
I look forward to working with you again.
James did a fantastic job at our outdoor concert on August 10, 2013. If you are looking for a Sinatra tribute show we here at the Nation D-Day Memorial would highly recommend James Anthony. There can't possibly be anyone who could be better than James. We look forward to having him back. He is truly a professional. Good luck to him in the bright future he has ahead.
National D-Day Memorial
Response from James Anthony's Salute To Sinatra:
Thank you Keith, you, the staff and the attendees are top shelf. I will never forget the wonderful time I spent in Bedford. Keith, I am looking forward to a return visit to raise more dough for the National D-Day Memorial.
Much love my friend, James
James performed at my dad's 85th birthday bash and it was great! All of our guests enjoyed the smooth sound of James singing Frank Sinatra songs at the party and they have been talking about how much they enjoyed being entertained by James for days.
James performed of "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" for the Winchester Virginia, Sons of Italy annual Columbus Day fund raising event. His voice is amazing and sounds so much like Sinatra, if you would close your eyes you would think you were listening to Old Blue Eyes himself. His rates were reasonable and you will not be disappointed if you have him do A Tribute to Frank Sinatra for your business or your organization.
Me and my wife had the pleasure of hearing James Anthony,who was performing for a function we attended.The performance was spectacular,an uncanny impersonation of old Frank himself. All in attendance were held captive by his performance !! Will see him anytime we can !!
Mr. Anthony is "The Voice" He just blew us away with the power of his live voice.
James was very charismatic and one of the very few that can put the emotion into the songs to really feel the moment during the song.
He sang for an hour and a half and he is well worth it.
It is difficult to review an amazing talent into a few paragraphs.
When we were looking for a Frank Sinatra singer to perform at our Las Vegas casino night fundraiser, we looked and listened on various sites from New York to North Carolina. When we heard Mr. Anthony's recordings here, we knew we found him. But what a surprise we were given when he performed live. Everyone stopped in their tracks to watch and listen. I personally have seen more than a few Sinatra shows in various theatres, but "WOW!", Mr. Anthony was definitely on!
Mr. Anthony's recordings were great, but his live voice has an amazing
sound that the recordings here do not fully capture. In fact, he sounds and moves just like Mr. Sinatra himself and he even has blue eyes. We felt like we were in a concert with Ol' Blue Eyes himself. I remember that almost all of the nearly 200 people stopped in silence during his first song as the warmth of his voice rushed over us. And with such beautiful ballads, it was like a warm blanket.
I wanted to write a review to share our experience with James Anthony so others would know. Get him before he becomes famous! He is well worth it! We were very pleased and we will definitely use him in the future (If he's not famous by then). : )
There is absolutley no way to expierience anything closer to a live show with Frank Sinatra. I will certainly go see him again,and would recommend anybody else to do the same. I have never seen a more realistic impersonation of any artist. Hats off to you Mr.Dempsey !!
Price Range: $1000 - $30,000
Gig Length: 20 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
A natural sounding 'Frank Sinatra' voice with the warm deep tones and phrasing to bring the emotional aspect of the song to be not only heard, but felt as well.
James Anthony is a true jazz torch singer that sings from his heart. Formerly with RCA Records, James is an Inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, award winning swing jazz vocalist and a Sony Records distribution deal. James is a singer that delivers a song so you can picture it in you mind and touch your soul. They say, a man is shaped by the life he has lived and the role models that offer inspiration in his life. James has stated that his family (especially his father) provided the foundation of life's rules to live by and the inspiration as a role model. These life lessons taught by James' father shaped his life and difficult life events have given James the seeds to bring you to feel his voice.
James Anthony was born in Miami, FL as James Anthony Dempsey in 1959 and lived there until he was 5 years old. His father and uncles worked the construction industry while in Miami and did well until the families all moved back to Queens, NY (Astoria) where he lived until 1968 (James was 8 years old). James' Grandfather was the Treasurer of the Bricklayers Union in Long Island, NY during the 60s & 70s and had pull. In 1968, his family, Uncle, Aunt and cousins shifted from New York to the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada where his father, aunt and uncle entered the gaming industry working with certain individuals that showed them the ropes. They worked as casino bosses befriending many influential people within the old regime of Vegas. They conceived, manufactured and placed 21 and Craps video training video machines in many of the casinos during the 70s.
James' Uncle developed and owned Las Vegas Travel and changed the way tourism was handled in Vegas during the 70s and 80s. Working with the hotel/casinos in Las Vegas and the CalNeva Lodge in Lake Tahoe, they hopped on board as supplied the gamblers from around the USA and thus the Gambling Junkets were born. James was employed by his Uncle at Las Vegas Travel in southern California for a year when first moving there as a starving musician during the early '80s.
1973: James entered high school and was swooped up by the choir teacher, Mr. Clark Black, as a baritone/bass singer within the varsity & male choirs throughout his four years at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas. This gave James the education of harmony and the love of singing, and he was hooked. In the mid ‘70s, James was a bit of tough dog and didn't like bullies pickin' on the underdog and at 6' 2" tall and 220 lbs, he understood what it took to survive in a tough gambling town at a young age. James' Irish/Italian family did well with the Vegas' action and James was surrounded with constant big band sounds of Sinatra, Elvis, Dino, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin, Doris Day and so on, thus exposing James to some of the best music ever written and all of this right at his front door. This cat's got it in his blood and man does he deliver!
1978: James joined the US Navy where he proudly and honorably served our country for 4 1/2 years and 2 years reserves with A-7 Squadron VA-122 based in Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, CA., VA-122 Det. Fallon, NV and throughout the U.S. He was Honorably discharged in 1982.
1982-1984: James returned to Las Vegas where he auditioned and was accepted as the last drummer for the established band called Roadhouse to which they opened concerts and performed to support their albums. Roadhouse principals retired in 1984 and was later inducted into the LV Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
1984-1989: James relocated to Los Angeles to begin a tough music career and although there were many ups and downs at first, James begin a successful music career as a session drummer/percussionist and backup singer. James also continued to perform in various show rooms in Las Vegas throughout his career and his credits include working with various record labels including RCA Records, booking agencies including the national GMA Agency as a national touring artist and voice over talent.
1991: James finally hung up his sticks and purchased a Florida based corporation where he raised his young family. 13 years later in 2004, a tragic accident presented James with some physical rehab and speech therapy due to electrocution from a near lightning strike. After a year of hospital poking and prodding, James regained 100% mobility and speech with a new outlook.
2005, James sold his corporation, became a traveling business consultant/trainer and it seemed that music had come back into his life. James was given a collection of big band music from the 20s-70 and he was in love.
2011: James returned to music but, with a business man's perspective. James researched the industry for a year for educational purposes so as to understand the industry's changes after a 20 year break. Time had taken its toll on James' chops for the drums but he still had his voice and man what a voice. James didn't know it but later would discover that when he sang, the world around him noticed;
2012, With encouragement from his friends, James entered a Sinatra Idol contest in Frank Sinatra's hometown of Hoboken NJ and not only did he win, he received the only perfect score from all 5 judges. That presented James with prizes, performances, returning to the studio and bringing James back to the stage.
2014: After performing as a vocalist for nearly 3 years throughout our nation, James felt the need to further develop his voice and took off for nearly 2 years to professionally train his voice. He finally found the right vocal trainer which was a professional Opera singer/coach/trainer. James wasted no time and rigorously practiced the techniques in which he quickly developed his vocal strength, breath control and expanded his vocal range to the delight of his trainer.
2015: James was approached and agreed to perform for our U.S. Congress and by request, asked to return to perform for our U.S. Senate in 2016.
2017: James returns after 2 years of Opera technique training to perform in Las Vegas and was a hit. There were many music industry folks in the audience and James was offered an international distribution deal through Sony Records. James continues to wow ticket holders with his dynamics and the very tone of his voice.
Additional Booking Notes
Each performance is staged around the event. If special theatrics/staging is required, we will make it happen.
Past Booked Events
|October 21, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 23, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 07, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||US Senate Performance|
|September 26, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809|
|September 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809|
|September 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809|
|September 09, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Cannon House Office Building 27 Independence Ave SE Washington, DC 20003|
|September 09, 2015||Cocktail Party|
|January 28, 2015||Corporate Event|
|February 22, 2014||Corporate Event|
|November 12, 2013||Corporate Event|
|August 10, 2013||Concert Venue|
|March 19, 2013||Corporate Event|
Over 70 songs to choose from.
|9-40 pc — Big Band - Symphony||Vocalist|
Influences & Inspiration
Growing up in Vegas, I enjoyed watching Sinatra and Dino at the Cesars Palace while working as an usher during the mid 70s in high school, and have been influenced by them greatly.
My influences also include Mel Torme, Dinah Washington, Andy Williams, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Vic Damone, Peggy Lee, Jack Jones and various R&B artists.
4-26 Piece Band with Sound PA System
Grand or Baby Grand Piano is preferred to be provided and tuned.
Silver Spring, MD
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