Frank Bennett

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Biography

Frank Bennett is one of the most well-liked and sought after artists in Australia today.

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

Making his way up via Sydney's underground music setting Frank landed a show with a band called The Layabouts whose ever changing repertoire generally included R&B varieties, some blues and the strange jazz requirement. Frank changed to tenor sax -his emphatic design attracted Layabouts lead singer Leroy Suave and the band progressed into a music petrie dish, adding ska, punk and new wave factors to their total sound.

Franks next venture was a cabaret act, The Zarsoff Brothers. Lead by strange frontman Izzy Forreal the Zarsoff Bros already consisted of Bluey Zarsoff, Bernie Zarsoff, Rocky Zarsoff and the socially aware Lefty Zarsoff leaving Frank with the questionable sobriquet of Rudy Zarsoff. A couple of years later this band, minus Izzy Forreal and consisting of Frank, would come to be the fifties revival essentials, 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 arsenal consisted of Dean Martin, Howling Wolf and Specials covers.

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

Adopting the show business label Tony Sinatra, Frank began establishing a fan base. Simultaneously the 'Lounge' motion was growing as a sensible substitute pursuit for disenchanted youthful sophisticates and before long Tony Sinatra found himself the corporeal embodiment and lead of an impressive swivel on retro revivalism. He quickly became the beloved of the inner city cocktail specified and was offered a recording contract. "Who the hell would offer any person called Sinatra a record deal?" mused Frank.

In 1997 Frank was welcomed to formally opened the respected Showroom of Sydney's Star City Casino with Tom Jones and subsequently did twenty-eight shows there in the initial month with his eighteen-piece band 'The Sydney All Stars'.

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

Frank's show efficiencies include the popular Carols in the Domain, the Sydney Opera House 30th birthday celebration events, The Australia Day Council celebrations in Sydney's Hyde Park, The Sydney Cabaret Convention, Pops in the Park along with the excellent 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 many S.C.G pre-match efficiencies for the Sydney Swans, to call just a few.

A few of Franks several other tasks feature Ross Wilson's Rock House, Oz woes icons The Foreday Riders, The Allniters, The Chris Turner Band, the original 'Blues Brothers' homage, 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 just recently Frank has actually played at The Basement with Jeff Duff and Grant Galea as the Rat Pack Brats, crooning, swooning & fooling their means with a collection of Frankie, Deano & Sammy showstoppers.

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  • Sydney Bands Official Review rated this 10 out of 10

    Written on 29 September 2015 Member since 14 August 2012
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    Pros:

    Thank you - entertainment was great.

    Cons:

    none

    Overall:

    Thanks again

    Kylie

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