Morelli And His Music – The Rat Pack Era Remembered

Oh what a night!

IMG_1359First off, it’s unbelievable that the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Band is made up of teenagers. They’re really good, and today they’re leaving for the Monterey Jazz Festival.

I certainly can’t repeat, all the amusing anecdotes that were given by the panel of the band members. The event was filmed by UNLV for their archives, and I’m sure it will be online soon. As soon as there’s a link, we’ll provide it for you.



IMG_1360Dede Nave, of the Junior Leage organized the event, and the wonderful ladies of the JL are to be congratulated for such huge success. There were about 800 very appreciative people in attendance. I had about 20 of you regular readers introduce yourselves to me, and there were at least another 50 or so of you who I already know. I’m most happy to that so many of you came out for this very special night.




IMG_1354 IMG_1382I’ve uploaded all the photos to a facebook album, but here’s a few highlights from both the concert and the afterparty, and casual video that I shot of the “Drinkin-Singin-Swingin” combo doing huge justice to the rat pack era of live entertainment in Las Vegas.



The panelists were all members of the Anontio Morelli Band, who played the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel. These were all legends of the Rat Pack Era of live music in Las Vegas.

Panelists and guest soloists were: Bertine Corimby, Ken Hanlon, Frank Leone, Arno Marsh, Jimmy Mulidore, Ron Simone with Claytee White leading the discussion.



IMG_1357Pete Barbutti was the MC for the evening.




IMG_1387The afterparty was held at the Morelli House.








IMG_1393It was most interesting to see the Morelli house as it’s lit at night. It’s the first time I was ever there when it wasn’t daylight. Of course, everytime I’m there I find another little hidden treasure of a feature that I’d never seen before.