Bringing you the sounds of
SAMMY DAVIS JR.
Solo with background tracks,a combo band(4-7 piece), or a full 17 piece Big Band.
Mainly my appearances and performances have been in Michigan,mostly in the Metro Detroit area.However, I have also performed in other states such as:
Ohio,Maine,Minnesota,New York City,Chicago,Florida,Las Vegas,Michigan,and St. Louis,Missouri.
Along with many of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s, Gary first remembers listening to his parents' Frank Sinatra records around the age of three. Most notably, the Christmas album and Sinatra at the Sands, which included such greats as Come Fly with Me, I've Got A Crush On You and Fly Me To The Moon.
Back in the late 80s, while hanging out in local clubs, Gary's interest in music & entertainment began to grow. He started out by hosting Karaoke at Lido's on the Lake in 1991, and over the next nine years developed his own act while playing various venues and functions.
Things started to really pick up in 2003. In January and through the summer, Gary appeared at Andiamo's Osteria in Rochester and, from September 2003 through March 2004, he played at Rosebud's in Shelby Township. Since then he has appeared at a number of venues around town, including Guiliano's in Chesterfield Township, Gino's Surf on Jefferson Avenue in Harrison Township, Andiamo's, both in Warren and St. Clair Shores, Petruzzello's in Troy, and Jack's Waterfront Restaurant in St. Clair Shores.
In 2005, Gary began singing with One Beat Back, which is now called The Gary Greenfelder Orchestra. He met George Millsap, a trumpet player and arranger, who helped him get started with his own “book” of charts, which has currently grown to 140 songs. "George Millsap saw that I had the desire and was willing to work hard at doing this. He also had faith in my ability. I pride myself in being able to sing these charts, as they are all transcribed from the original artists’ recordings. In my opinion, the only way you are going to have a chance to sound like the original artist, is to duplicate this process. Through George, I was not only able to start and increase my songbook, he also introduced me to three bands, one of which I’m still a current member": Leo Rea’s ReaDea Big Band, and formerly of The Tom Allport Big Band,Lynne Henry’s Swing Shift Orchestra. Gary has also sang for The Big Band Express,and The Craig Strain Orchestra. All these bands are still very active in the Detroit area.
Through the years, Gary has also established himself as a regular performer at numerous senior facilities in the area. It's a wonderful thing that I also have had the privilege to bring joy to some of these wonderful elderly folks who really appreciate the music of their era in their "Golden Years".
Gary has also performed in theatre, playing Henry Ford in the jazz opera Murder at the Ford Rouge, at the Macomb Performing Arts Theatre in March 2010.
Not only does Gary perform solo with background tracks,but he also has a small and Big Band presentation available.
Gary's small band,called The Gary Sacco Quartet is comprised of Bill Meyer on Keys,Chris Kaercher on Sax, and Rik Mikals on Drums.
Gary also is the "featured" vocalist for his talent laden Big Band,"The Metro Detroit Jazz Orchestra" headed by Bandleader and Saxophonist Jim Wilpula, and Trumpeter Mike Skrzynski.