Before you know it, I’ll be interviewing a Las Vegas musical legend in the Paul Blau Theater at the Clark County Library:
In this conversation facilitated by UNLV gaming historian and author David G. Schwartz, former Musicians Union President and legendary pianist/director/conductor Frank Leone will talk about his experiences in Las Vegas entertainment over the decades. His ability and expertise as a musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger garnered him an illustrious career, working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including: Red Skelton (1985-1994); Engelbert Humperdinck (1983-1984); Paul Anka (1975-1982); among many others. Acknowledged as an exceptional pianist, from 1971-1975 in Las Vegas showrooms, he accompanied a cadre of stars that included: Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Steve and Eydie, Carol Channing, Anthony Newley, Roy Clark, Ben Vereen, Robert Goulet, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Ike and Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and The Pips, B.B. King, Ann-Margaret, Tony Bennett, and Elvis Presley, with whom he also toured. Leone was President of the Las Vegas Jazz Society (Vegas Jazz) starting in January of 2009, concluding 2013, and was responsible for its modernization and bringing many new innovations and concepts to keep it contemporary yet forward looking through the constant permutations of this great American musical idiom.Las Vegas Stories is monthly series which examines the history of Las Vegas, the people, places, and things that make Vegas our home.
The event is Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 7:00PM – 8:30PM at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo).