Frank Bennett

Frank Bennett


Frank's musical career began in the late 70's playing alto saxophone with a band called Comfrey's Fine - a peculiar farrago of Steely Dan, Van Morrison and 40's and 50's rhythm and blues, in a classically seedy wine bar called Tiger Lill's in the Sydney suburb of Glebe.

Working his way up through Sydney's underground music scene Frank landed a gig with a band called The Layabouts whose ever shifting repertoire generally comprised of R&B numbers, some blues and the odd jazz standard. Frank switched to tenor sax -his emphatic style appealed to Layabouts lead singer Leroy Suave and the band evolved into a musical petrie dish, adding ska, punk and new wave elements to their overall sound.

Franks next endeavor was cabaret act The Zarsoff Brothers. Lead by bizarre frontman Izzy Forreal the Zarsoff Bros already comprised of Bluey Zarsoff, Bernie Zarsoff, Rocky Zarsoff and the socially aware Lefty Zarsoff leaving Frank with questionable sobriquet of Rudy Zarsoff. A few years later this band, minus Izzy Forreal and including Frank, would become fifties revival mainstays The Eddys.

After leaving The Zarsoffs, Frank teamed up once more with Leroy Suave and Sydney based cartoonist/bassist Mark Cornwall, to form The Tabasco Brothers whose repertoire included Dean Martin, Howling Wolf and Specials covers.

In 1994 Frank landed the role of Frank Sinatra in the tribute production 'The Rat Pack'. After a year of developing the character, Frank decided to go it alone.

Adopting the stage name Tony Sinatra, Frank began establishing a fan base. Simultaneously the 'Lounge' movement was growing as a viable alternative pursuit for disenchanted young sophisticates and before long Tony Sinatra found himself the corporeal embodiment and vanguard of an exciting twist on retro revivalism. He rapidly became the darling of the inner city cocktail set and was inevitably approached with a recording contract. "Who the hell would give anyone called Sinatra a record contract?" mused Frank.

In 1997 Frank was invited to officially open the prestigious Showroom of Sydney's Star City Casino with Tom Jones and subsequently performed twenty-eight concerts there in the first month with his eighteen-piece band 'The Sydney All Stars'.

In 1998 Frank Bennett opened in Sydney and Melbourne for the great Burt Bacharach on his Australian tour.

Frank's concert performances include the popular Carols in the Domain, the Sydney Opera House 30th birthday celebrations, The Australia Day Council celebrations in Sydney's Hyde Park, The Sydney Cabaret Convention, Pops in the Park with the great Tommy Tycho and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Taronga Zoo New Years Eve celebrations, Brisbane City River Festival, Kangaroo Point Jazz and Blues Festival, Cottesloe Arts Festival, The Fur Ball, the City of Perth Millennium New Year Eve Celebrations, The National Press Gallery Midwinter Ball and numerous S.C.G pre-match performances for the Sydney Swans, to name just a few.

Some of Franks many other projects include Ross Wilson's Rock House, Oz blues icons The Foreday Riders, The Allniters, The Chris Turner Band, the original 'Blues Brothers' tribute, The Hard Word, Paris Green, Terry Serio's Wild Blue Yonder, The Anthill Mob,The Loco Motives, Freestyle Sound System, Wicked Beats, Love Bucket, Blackfish, George Washingmachine's Dead Wringers and dub funksters Bellydance featuring Tony Hughes, Linda Janssen and Charlie Maclean.

More recently Frank has played The Basement with Jeff Duff and Grant Galea as the Rat Pack Brats, crooning, swooning & fooling their way through a repertoire of Frankie, Deano & Sammy showstoppers.

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