Frank Fontana

Frank Fontana is returning to New York this fall, and will be performing at The Duplex with long-time music director Wells Hanley. The pair will be joined by Pete Donovan on bass. This is Frank's first appearance in NYC since 2008, and we expect the room to fill quickly!

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Previous Engagements: 2008

Classics in Jazz
Frank Fontana joins a cast of jazz singers, cabaret performers and Broadway actors, singing music by Alexander McCabe and lyrics by Aeschylus to Angelou (with a bit of Shakespeare, Shaw, and many more thrown into the mix). It promises to be a swinging, eclectic evening, and it's all to support the wonderful New York Classical Theatre (

Classics in Jazz
Monday, September 22, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
at Prohibition Bar/Restaurant
503 Columbus Avenue (btw. 84th and 85th Streets)
Tickets: $35.00-$50.00 (includes entertainment, food and open bar)
Reservations: (212) 662-0760

Classics in Jazz
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New York Classical Theatre: Classics in Jazz

Previous Engagements: 2006

Frank Fontana at Iridium Jazz Club

Wells Hanley , Music Director, piano
Eivind Opsvik, bass

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
7:00 p.m.
$15 cover / $15 food and drink minimum.

1650 Broadway @ 51st Street  
New York City  
For reservations: (212) 582-2121

Frank Fontana with Barry Levitt
and The Barry Levitt Quartet

Jazz Workshop & Brunch at Iridium

Barry Levitt , Music Director, piano
Cameron Brown, bass
Billy Mitts, drums
David Schnitter, sax

Sunday, February 19, 2006
11:00 a.m. - 3 :00 p.m
$21.95 (plus tax) per person includes brunch buffet, complimentary cocktail.

1650 Broadway @ 51st Street  
New York City  
For reservations: (212) 582-2121

Previous Engagements: 2005

Frank Fontana at Danny's Skylight Room
Wells Hanley, Music Director
Eivind Opsvik, bass*
Robby Sinclair, drums

     The Second Set

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 7:00 p.m

Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret
346 West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York City
Reservations: 212/265-8133

$20 cover charge
$12 food/drink minimum

* Eivind Opsvik will be performing in Canada on September 28th. For that evening's performance, our bassist will be Curtis Fye.

You may purchase food or drink in the Skylight Room Cabaret from a menu which includes burgers, salads, appetizers, and delicious desserts. Or treat yourself to pre-show dining in the adjacent Danny's Grand Sea Palace Restaurant, where an entreé of $12 or more will satisfy the cabaret minimum. Simply tell your server you're seeing Frank Fontana at 7:00 p.m. in the cabaret after dinner.

On September 30 and October 1, Frank will be appearing in Westfield, Massachusetts (just west of Springfield) at a brand new cabaret space. He'll join a stellar array of New York and Boston performers who are initiating a series called "The Shows At Piccolo's." 
Piccolo's Ristorante is a highly regarded Italian restaurant in Westfield, owned and operated by Gianpaolo Sesti. The restaurant sits atop a small treasure -- an intimate performance space that was last used as a movie house. With the space now transformed into a cabaret-style theatre, Sesti and booking manager Bob Plasse have created "The Shows At PIccolo's" to bring the best of cabaret and jazz to the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Frank is delighted to be a part of the fun.

Frank Fontana with Wells Hanley
singing Natural Jazz
as part of
The Shows At PIccolo's
Friday, September 30, 2005
Saturday, October 1, 2005
8:30 p.m.

$22.00 for theatre seating;
$26.00 for ringside table seating (including Italian hors d'oeuvres table)

The New Cabaret Stage at Piccolo's Ristorante
110 Elm Street
Westfield, Massachusetts
Reservations: 413/ 572-1433
Major credit cards accepted

Natural Jazz -- Frank Fontana Live at Danny's

On Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29, 2005, Frank returned to Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret. He performed his Natural Jazz set on both nights, a show which prompted one critic to write: "This show is a must for anyone who loves nature, beautiful songs and superb musicianship."

Joined once again by his friend and music director Wells Hanley, along with Eivind Opsvik on bass and Robby Sinclair on drums, Frank presented songs which speak of the natural world and our place in it -- words and music of Djavan, Duke Ellington, Stephen Sondheim, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Richard Rodney Bennett, and many more.

Both of these performances were recorded for release later this year as Frank's debut CD: Natural Jazz -- Frank Fontana Live at Danny's. We anticipate a CD release in early fall.

If you were in attendance at either the June 28th or June 29th performance, please contact Manhattan Live Performance with the information printed on the coupon you received -- you'll receive a complimentary copy of the CD when it's released.

In 2004, Frank:

  • directed Tony DeNicola in his solo cabaret debut at Don't Tell Mama;
  • directed (and performed in) Sue Matsuki's cabaret show A Tribute To The Gals Who Make Me Want To Sing which was seen at Odette's in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and at The Duplex in Greenwich Village, New York City;
  • directed Moira Danis in a concert appearance in Westchester County;
  • directed Kristi Castano in her New York solo cabaret debut;
  • taught a vocal performance class called Jazz Style at the Helen Baldassare Cabaret Performance Workshop;
  • acted as the announcer of the 2004 MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), held at Symphony Space in New York City.

In 2005, Frank:

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