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MP3 Rob Zappulla - You Ought to Be Havin' Fun!

The Voice and Trumpet of Rob Zappulla and his Big Band. Pop hits of the 1960s and 70s with a Big Band sound.

16 MP3 Songs in this album (54:52) !
Related styles: POP: 60''s Pop, JAZZ: Big Band

When you listen to the popular songs of each decade, you’ll hear the music evolve not only with new ideas, but also with the inclusion of elements from previous years that were adapted and enhanced to create a whole new sound.

The 1960s and 70s were a time when some of the most creative music was written. The songs had incredible melodies and lyrics that made a big impression on Rob while growing up, and continue to influence him as a jazz/pop vocalist and trumpeter in his professional career. As a big band vocalist performing music of the swing era as well, Rob appreciates the significance that these two genres had in music history.

While keeping the integrity of the original artist’s compositions, Rob combined the full sound of a big band with new arrangements of hits from the 60s and 70s to introduce a concept that listeners of all ages could relate to and enjoy.

Rob’s recording introduces a new evolution. A creation that has never been put forth in this capacity.

"You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun!" listening to these great songs, of a great era!

Vocal, Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet and Flugelhorn Solos:
Rob Zappulla

Orchestra Conducted By Jeff Steinberg


Tony Kadleck (lead on tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15)
Roger Ingram (lead on tracks 1, 5, 6, 10, 13, 16)
Jeff Wilfore
Hardin Butcher
Harold Zinno


Jeff Bush
Steve Bleifuss
Nate Mayland
Michael Boscarino
Dale Turk


Jonathan Ball
Jeff Taylor
Kris Jensen
Steve Moran
Joe Meo

Piano / Keyboards: James Argiro

Guitar: Ed MacEachen

Bass: Tom Pietrycha

Drums: Rudy Petschauer

Percussion: Gregg Allen, Ivan Santiago

Guest Vocalist on “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing”:
Amanda Carr

Additional Vocalists on “You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun”:

Cecilia Gigliotti, Kaleigh Hackett, Emily Parsons
Nick Pastula, Tyler Propfe, Brennan Yau


Jeff Steinberg
Bryan Kidd
Don Sebesky
Jason Goldman
Lew Anderson


Rob''s Voice and Trumpet - Recorded:

Released in June 2009, Rob''s latest CD "You Ought To Be Havin'' Fun !" is an exciting concept combining 1960s and 70s pop hits with a full big band sound. When you listen to this CD, you will hear the passion and energy that has been put into this project.

Rob’s "Something Makes Me Want To Dance With You" CD was recorded in 2000. His big band was arranged and conducted by Lew Anderson. The songs are by 20th century greats such as Rogers & Hart, Hammerstein, Mercer, and Porter.

”Here’s to Frank” is a single that Rob recorded in 2005. This original song was written by Joe Ronan and arranged by Lew Anderson. It pays homage to the voice, the talent, and the legend of Frank Sinatra.

Rob has performed at Birdland in New York City with The Lew Anderson Big Band up until 2006. It was there that he premiered his single, "Here’s to Frank", which received great acclaim from the enthusiastic audience at Birdland.

The Voice - Live:

Not many vocalists have performed with the most popular big band of all time - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. From January 2001 to February 2009, Rob was the featured vocalist for this famous big band.

The affiliation has taken this great singer on tour with the Orchestra around the globe and all the way to the 2005 President’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.

Rob will tell you that it has been his honor and privilege to perform with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Buddy Morrow.

Buddy Morrow, who performed with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, will tell you that Zappulla’s talent, his rich baritone voice, his own style and interpretation of the Great American Songbook, and his prior experiences as a professional, dynamic entertainer was a perfect match for the great Orchestra.

The Trumpet:

Rob grew up in Connecticut, where he had big dreams. As an 8-year old, he heard Herb Alpert play the trumpet and the die was cast.

Rob studied at the prestigious Hartt School of Music. After school, he found work as a trumpeter with show bands such as The Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Box Tops, Lesley Gore and many other well known groups.

His professionalism and talent took him from a jazz and classical trumpeter, theater musician and conductor to performing with big bands and symphony orchestras.

Since 1980 to present, he has toured with several groups, opening for Tower of Power, The Temptations, The Drifters, The Shirelles, and Little Anthony and the Imperials, to name a few.

As a trumpeter, he can be heard on countless recordings with a variety of bands.

Rob’s incredible voice, superb trumpet playing, extraordinary style and showmanship continue to bring him tremendous accolades at major theaters, casinos and various venues
throughout the world.

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