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Sounds of big band and swing settle on canyon

Peter Brady was supposed to take up where Sinatra left off in the 1960s, but an accident took his voice for three decades.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2001


Sinatra-style big band music and swingin' Dixieland jazz will be offered this weekend at Rock Crusher Canyon Garden Pavilion.

Backed by an eight-piece swing band, Peter Brady will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Brady was signed to Capitol Records as a replacement for Frank Sinatra, after Sinatra left to record for another label in the 1960s.

Though that should have been the break his career needed, it was really a prelude to tragedy. After recording a few albums for Capitol, Brady was hit in the throat by a tennis ball during a celebrity tournament and lost his singing voice. It was not until 1999 that his singing skills returned. He has recorded two new CDs, Class Act and Soft & Swinging.

Brady, a resident of Tampa, has recently performed in Las Vegas, Miami and London.

On Saturday, Razz Ma Tazz will perform Dixieland and audience sing-alongs. The talented band features a pianist and drummer and is led by North American banjo champion Johnny Baier. Playing a tenor banjo, Baier performs Dixieland classics, Broadway show tunes and fun sing-alongs. Razz Ma Tazz has gained an ever-increasing following at the Garden Pavilion. The band also will be joined midway through its act by special guest trumpeter Bill White, who performs a Louis Armstrong tribute.

Rounding out the entertainment each night is the buffet dinner, served from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the shows is $15, which includes dinner. Call 795-1313.

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