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SummerStage Gala Celebrates the Songs of Sinatra

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

John Legend, Judy Collins, Andrew Bird and more performed last week in Central Park.

The songs made famous by Frank Sinatra got a wonderful treatment on Tuesday night in Central Park for the annual SummerStage Gala. Great artists like John Legend, Allen Toussaint, Andrew Bird, Judy Collins and more gathered at Rumsey Playfield to sing tunes like "Fly Me to the Moon," "Mack te Knife," "You Make Me Feel," "The Lady is a Tramp," "The Way You Look Tonight" and of course "New York, New York."

John Legend was the surprise headliner announced, and I don't know if there was a more perfect choice. Legend's smooth, crisp voice transported us all to a lounge in the 50s. The variety of performers, from Loudon Wainwright III and his wildness (he even defied Michael Boomberg by lighting up a cigarette on stage and asking for a 32 ounce soda), to Judy Collins and her simplicity, and the rest of the performers with their easy-going, fun styles really embodied everything we loved about Sinatra's music. John Pizzarelli and the Swing Seven backed the performers all night, and the music couldn't have been presented in a more appropriate way.

The entire night was enjoyable. Even a little wind whipping the sheet music around the stage couldn't deter the performers. The audience, which included new Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd (on the eve of the announcement), was fully entertained by the songs of Old Blue Eyes.

Here's the full set list from Tuesday night:

8:10 - Marc Cohn - Fly Me to the Moon/Moon River
8:17 - Suzanne Vega - How Insensitive / 17;Mack the Knife
8:25 - Joan Osborne - I've Got You Under My Skin / Something Stupid
8:33 - John Pizzarelli - Ring A Ding Ding / You Make Me Feel
8:42 - Allen Toussaint - Lonesome Road / All the Way
8:50 - Mary Chapin Carpenter - Nice and Easy/ The Wee Small Hours
8:58 - Aimee Mann & Ted Leo - Just One of Those Things
9:05 - Loudon Wainwright III - The Lady is a Tramp / For one my Baby
9:15 - Andrew Bird - Fall in Love too Easily / Nature Boy
9:23 - Judy Collins - Send in the Clowns
9:28 - Bettye Lavette - Come Rain or Come Shine / My Way
9:38 - John Legend - My Funny Valentine / It Was a Very Good Year / The Way You Look Tonight
9:46 - Group Encore - New York, New York

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