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Frankie and Tony, both 99 years old, restarted performing together in 1996. After a few excellent gigs they completed their orchestra with every woman's darling Hermeto zé Maria, saxophonist Charles "the fish" Fish and manager Robert de Bianco. Occasionally famous guest stars participate in the shows of Frankie & Tony, like wonderful Marysteene Monroe, Tipo Potente, Trixie Sinatra, Nella Fitzginetti, Liza Simonelli, Belle Paris, Lola Langusta, Rosario Revueltas, Venancio Recavedo, Bad Shaker, Tommy Fox and the KING.

Frankie & Tony played at Monte Verità, Ascona • Atrio Vulcanelli, Basel • Les Amis, Bern • Sous Sol, Bern • Hotel Giessbach, Brienz • Hotel Misani, Celerina • Hotel Schatzalp, Davos • Sporthalle Fehraltorf • Kunsthaus Grenchen • Blümlisalp, Herrliberg • L’O, Horgen • Kurhaus, Lenzerheide • Hotel 3-Könige, Luzern • Luzerner Theater, Luzern • Parlour Club, Los Angeles • The Project, Los Angeles • Löwen, Meilen • Gärtnerei Baumann, Mutschellen • Haus der Kunst, München • Kunsthalle Münster • Hotel Regina, Mürren • Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz • Hotel Schwanen, Rapperswil • Rathaus, Rapperswil • Sol Heure, Solothurn • Hurters Seehus, Stäfa • Neue Kunst Halle, St. Gallen • Hotel Tödi, Tierfed • Hotel Thai Si, Treviso • Kunstmuseum, Winterthur • Städtische Galerie, Wolfsburg • Grümpi Zollikon • Guggerfäscht, Zollikon • Rumensee, Zollikon • Castell, Zuoz • Acapulco • Am Damm für Dich • Apregie • Bad Utoquai • Banana & Frucht • Bar Sol • Besame Mucho • Blumenhalle Heinrichstrasse • Bogen33 • Budebar • Bürgli • Cafe Bar Black • Dolder Grand • Dolmetscherschule • Drahtschmidli • Elisaburg • El Lokal • g27 • Giesserei • Grieder • GZ Bachwiesen • Helsinki • Jade • Kaserne • Labor-Bar • Luv • Mellow Bar & Club • Moods • My Place • N°2 • Oberer Letten • Piccolo Giardino • Plazda • Primitivo • Riedtlifest • Rimini • Rosso • Rote Fabrik • Salotto • SansiBar • Saus und Braus • Schule für Gestaltung • Schulhaus Hirschengraben • Seebad Enge • Seebad Wollishofen • Sihlquai 115 • SixtyOne • Sporting Club 93 • Stiftung Altried • Talacker Bar • Tessin Grotto • Theater Rigiblick • Theater Winkelwiese • Tobias-Haus • Uto Kulm • Villa Patumbah • Villa Strickler • Vulcaro • Ziegelhütte • Zirkus Chnopf • ZüriBar, all Zürich Switzerland

Frankie & Tony is an art band that uses the form to reveal an revel in personae based on a distant, near-extinct Americana. At the performance of their "Duo on Vogue" at The Project, L.A., the five handsome men from Zurich in sharkshin and tuxes, some with tinted sunglasses and painted-gray hair, played three sets from a repertoire of standards. The band gleefully used the stage as a way of reifying their Martini-soaked casino act.

Frankie & Tony strike the Rat Pack pose. Led by blue-eyed Frankie, a suave Sinatra impersonator who is supposed to be a Sinatra impersonator, and swarthy Hermeto zé Maria, a Latin crooner with a pretty falsetto, the singers are backed by saxophonist Charles "the fish" Fish and Tony Carbone on electric organ supplying pre-programmed samba beats. The two men harmonize schmaltzily on "The Girl from Ipanema", "That's Amore" and "New York, New York". They get the melodies right, through the late Fred Ebb would take exception to the accented singers' freewheeling way with the lyrics. No worries: the real Sinatra messed the words up too, and anyway, Hermeto, in unbuttoned shirt, wears fake chest hair and a pencil mustache. The expository banter, in English, German, Spanish, whatever, clues the audience into a fictious backstory...

Alex Segade, ArtUS

Frankie & Tony rock your wedding, birthday or whatever-party. contact: swing@frankieandtony.ch