Hier ein Artikel, der heute in den Sinatraphiles gepostet wurde:
There's a Sinatra in Town Again
by Margo Nash
New York Times (New Jersey Weekly), September 19, 2004
HOBOKEN -- Her grandfather moved out of Hoboken in 1939. But Angela
Jennifer Azzarto, the 30-year-old daughter of Nancy Sinatra and the
choreographer Hugh Lambert and the granddaughter of Frank Sinatra,
has moved in.
She married a Hoboken musician who plays in Skanatra, the ska band
that plays songs Frank Sinatra sang. She looks after Sinatra family
interests in the East, and she has been changing herself from a rock
singer to a pop singer.
Ms. Azzarto performs regularly at the Goldhawk Lounge in Hoboken,
where she will be this Wednesday at 9 p.m., singing with the New
Hoboken Four. The band, which includes her husband, Matt Azzarto, on
guitar, is named after the Hoboken Four, the group Frank Sinatra
first sang with in 1935.
Ms. Azzarto, whose friends and family call her A.J., lives a quarter-
mile uptown from where 415 Monroe Street used to be, the building
where her grandfather was born and where a blue star on the sidewalk
marks his birthplace.
She and her husband live in a plain brick building with a few potted
plants outside. Ms. Azzarto, dressed in white jeans, a blue paisley
blouse and sneakers, walked over from home to the Goldhawk for an
interview. She said it was hard to imagine returning permanently to
Beverly Hills, where she grew up and where, as she put it, "People go
from their house bubble, to their car bubble to their work bubble."
There is something compelling in her green-blue eyes, something
familiar about her heart-shaped face, turned-up nose and smile that
makes you remember, if you're old enough, the song, "Nancy (With the
Laughing Face)," which Frank Sinatra recorded as a tribute to his
"People think I came here because of my family," Ms. Azzarto said. "I
moved to Hoboken because I like it here, and because my friends live
"A.J. loves the East," said her mother, Nancy Sinatra, on the phone
from Beverly Hills. "She fell in love with Hoboken when she fell in
love with her husband, who was born and raised there. It was just a
natural chain of events. We're thrilled that we have someone in
Hoboken again," Ms. Sinatra said.
Ms. Azzarto started singing in grammar school plays, studied piano
for many years and learned to play bass guitar. As a University of
Southern California student she started her own band, Sleepington.
They performed around Los Angeles for a year or so after she
graduated in 1996 with a major in screenwriting.
In 1997 she moved to New York and two years later to Hoboken. Since
then she has worked as a music supervisor, selecting music for
independent films, and become part of a local group of musicians who
write, play and record at Think Tank Studio in Hoboken which Mr.
Azzarto co-owns with his brother, Fran Azzarto, a drummer, and Chris
Gefken, who plays the bass. The group has a record label, P.O.S.
Last April, an article in Billboard magazine wrote about how Think
Tank Studio is trying to foster the same kind of work ethic there
that made Tin Pan Alley songwriters so productive. Ms. Azzarto calls
Think Tank "a collective" and says she would like to create a
publishing group there.
Last year, Ms. Azzarto and her husband co-wrote lyrics for "Boss
Man," a song Nancy Sinatra recorded, and Ms. Sinatra recorded some of
an album to be released this fall at Think Tank. Others who have
recorded at the studio include Don Fleming, Pete Yorn and the
Smithereens, as well as Skanatra, the Gefkens, Rocket and Frank Bango.
Over the past two years, Ms. Azzarto has been nurturing her new jazz-
inflected pop style in the sheltered atmosphere of the Goldhawk
Lounge, which is owned by her brother-in-law, Fran Azzarto. She says
she wants to let her new pop singing career happen organically, and
does not want to trade on the Sinatra name. "She's absolutely always
been that way, her mother said. "Independent."
Ms. Azzarto said her grandfather taught her a lot about caring for
people and about practicing. "He vocalized every day, even if he
wasn't singing that night," she said. "I learned tenacity and
perfectionism, as well as breath control."
Frank Sinatra and his granddaughter were close, Ms. Sinatra said. "He
absolutely adored her. A.J. was his first blue-eyed child." A.J., she
said, "helps us keep the flame alive and protect her grandfather and
make sure the truth is always out there."
Those fingers in my hair
That sly come hither stare
That strips my conscience bare