He was seen in the revues 4 The Fun Of It! and Put On Your Saturday Suit Words and Music by Jimmy Webb, both directed by Gerry Geddes, and has enjoyed featured roles in Showstoppers!, Irving Berlin In Revue, Beach Blanket Babylon Goes Bananas! and Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill, as well as countless trade shows, conventions and parties.
A native of San Francisco, Mr. Fontana is also an accomplished voice-over artist, and has been heard singing and speaking in numerous theatrical and industrial audio and video projects; and, most recently, he was heard as the off-stage announcer for the 2004 MAC Awards (presented by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) at Symphony Space in New York City. In 2003, he was named a finalist for the first annual Nightlife Awards (in the category of Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist). He acts as an adviser, consultant and director on all manner of performance, from cabaret to theatre to stand-up comedy. And he regularly teaches a jazz vocal class at The Helen Baldassare Cabaret Performance Workshop.
As a writer, his printed words have appeared in The San Francisco Examiner and The New York Times and his spoken words and lyrics (the latter with music by Michael Orland) have been featured in the acts of many New York cabaret performers, most notably Helen Baldassare. Mr. Fontana is also a writer, editor and consultant for Manhattan Live Performance which he co-founded with his partner James Millefolie. They reside in New York City.
Mr. Fontana is also an avid cyclist, and each year he rides in the New York City Century Bike Tour, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Early on the morning of September 7th, 2008, over 5,000 cyclists will meet before dawn in Central Park and join in the 19th annual ride (Frank's 10th), which will cover some 100 miles and pass through four of the five boroughs of New York City. Click here to learn more about the New York City Century Bike Tour and about Transportation Alternatives.
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Wells holds a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Performance from James Madison University and a Master's Degree in Jazz/Commercial Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and he studies piano with Fred Hersch and Sophia Rosoff. He currently lives in his native Virginia.
Eivind Opsvik, Bass
In 1998, Eivind moved to New York to pursue a Master's Degree in Jazz at the Manhattan School of Music and to be a part of the rich New York music scene. He has performed with, among others, Carla Bley, Marc Copland, Bill Evans, Judi Silvano and Tony Malaby. He currently plays in a number of cutting-edge New York groups, and can be heard on CDs released with groups both in Europe and the U.S. His first CD as a leader, Eivind Opsvik Overseas, was released in early 2003 and features Eivind's compositions played by some of New York City's finest progressive jazz musicians. His second CD, Overseas II, was recently released. Click here to learn more and to purchase your copy of Overseas and Overseas II .
Robby Sinclair, Drums
Sinclair was selected by the U.S. Department of State and the Kennedy Center as a Jazz Ambassador for the year 2004. During this time, he performed throughout the Middle East and in Africa. He's a member of the Devils' Workshop Big Band, whose album recently received four stars in Downbeat, and is the drummer for the "sparkle rock band called Wells. Mr. Sinclair has performed on numerous soundtracks and documentaries, and has appeared onstage at the Bakersfield Jazz Festival (California); the Flint, Michigan Jazz Festival; The Piedmont Jazz Festival; the Notre Dame Jazz Festival; and the Roanoke, Virginia Jazz and Blues Festival.