Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm
2012 Branford Jazz on the Green Series
Sponsored by: Town of Branford, Branford Recreation Dept., various sponsors
July 26: Steve D’Agostino ~Singin’ & Swingin The Great American Songbook: Steve D’Agostino has been performing the songs from the “Great American Songbook” for 20 years. His journey to a commitment of “expression” through the music and lyrics made popular in the United States and around the world by vocalist such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash took root a long time ago.
In the early 80s, Steve started playing guitar and singing “live” with his first band “Finesse.” The band experienced quite a following and established themselves as a successful GB (general business) group in Connecticut performing an average of 100 engagements a year. As Steve continued to evolve, his voice began to be an essential skill that his band relied on. As a result of his vocal development, in the the late 80s, Steve began to dedicate himself more on the development of his singing skills.
Today, Steve’s 30 years of experience are evident with every performance as he tenderly delivers melodies on ballads or relaxes the placement of a lyric on any “medium” to “up-tempo” swing tune. This vocal artistry has taken Steve from coast to coast and through the dedication of he and his live band, Steve has become “the standard” of this genre of music on the local scene.
In addition to regular engagements at some of the finest restaurants and night clubs in Connecticut, Steve’s performing credits include appearances in Las Vegas at The Paris Casino Hotel, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., The Pequot Room at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Conn. and the MGM Grand Theater.
Steve continues to honor and maintain the tradition of the Great American Songbook today by humbly interpreting the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Every time he stands in front of an audience, his interpretations of these great American songs reminds his audience about the skill and importance of the “art and craft” of songwriting and public performance.
- Admission: Free
- Main Street, Branford Green